Course Details

Dates: on Mondays
Time: 18 - 20 h
Lecturer: Eric Ahlberg
Course Fee: free of charge
Room: A15 1-113
Language: English
Registration deadline: anytime over the course of the seminar series

Bitte melden Sie sich für diesen Workshop auf unserer englischen Seite an.


Eric Ahlberg has been teaching English academic writing in German universities (previously Braunschweig and Hannover) for the last several years, including for graduates. The approach taken in his workshops and classes is that written language should not be an obstacle to understanding, but instead let your research stand out via clarity, accuracy and readability.

Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Eric Ahlberg also studied and worked in journalism in Canada. He came to Germany in 2010 to study his MA in English philology at the University of Münster.

You may contact Eric via or come to his office hours.

4.9 English+ "Open Seminars"

Below is the topic schedule for our new seminar series. Each meeting is devoted to a topic. During a Discussion week, we’ll read and discuss a specific topic. You do not have to visit all meetings, and can decide which you’d like to visit, but please register in advance. Of course, you are welcome and encouraged to visit as many possible! Within the class, we can also look at short sections of your work (texts, presentations, etc), for feedback and review.

October 17, 2022

Your research... So what?
October 24, 2022 Grammar: passive or active voice?
October 31, 2022 Reformationstag: no meeting
November 7, 2022 Preparing your visuals in presentations and graphs
November 14, 2022 Discussion week
November 21, 2022 Commas in English

November 28, 2022

Answering audience questions, conference small talk
December 5, 2022 Hedging language
December 12, 2022 Problem-Solution texts
December 19, 2022 no meeting
January 9, 2023 Discussion week
January 16, 2023 Grammar: Future forms
January 23, 2023 Elements of concision (editing)
January 30, 2023 British/American English differences

If you do not see something in the topic list you would like to discuss, please contact  or the and we will be happy to consider your suggestions in future plans.

(Stand: 22.09.2022)