Public Speaking for Scientists


6 weeks = 12 academic hours.
The classes start at 16:30 and finish at 18:00.

The course prepares candidates to communicate effectively with academic community during conferences, roundtables, and workshops.
The course will enable the candidates:

  • to improve their speaking ability through discussions and PowerPoint presentations of their research work
  • to increase their confidence as public speakers
  • to develop their power of persuasion

The course focuses on the university core disciplines and is conducted in Russian.
After the course, the candidates will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.

Introductory Academic Writing Course (Short Course)


2 months = 10 classes = 20 academic hours
The classes start at 18:00 and finish at 19:30, lecture room G-589.

The course lasts 20 academic hours and comprises 5 major topics:

  •   to learn grammar and vocabulary required for further study of Academic English
  •   to form a sound base of critical thinking skills necessary to read scientific publications
  •   to develop the ability to select and present information, organizing arguments and ideas logically
  •   to acquire knowledge of the unwritten rules of academic writing
  •   to become aware of scientific writing ethics and ways of avoiding plagiarism

Candidates will study a scientific article related to their field of research where the target language is used.

Writing in the Sciences

Scientific Writing is a concise but comprehensive course on how to write research papers in English. The course will give you a better understanding of academic writing and the common challenges you may face as a writer. The purpose of the course is to fill the gap – the one between knowing English through academic schooling and reading, and using that knowledge in a way that will help you get your paper published in an international journal.

The course will provide you with a set of pragmatic strategies and tools you should apply when thinking about, outlining, writing, rewriting, and revising your paper. In addition, you will learn the unwritten rules of English rhetoric.

The course lasts 40 academic hours and comprises 10 major topics:

  1. Contrastive Rhetoric
  2. Writing Strategies
  3. Preparing the Text (IMRAD format)
    • how to write the Introduction
    • how to write the Materials & Methods section
    • how to write the Results
    • how to write the Discussion
  4. Writing an Abstract and a working title
  5. Avoiding plagiarism
  6. Editing your own paper
    • the ten commandments of good writing
    • tense in scientific writing
    • active versus passive voice
    • noun problems
  7. Journal analysis: analyzing journals for elimination and submission
  8. Creating a publishable paper
  9. Publishing the paper
  10. Ethics in Science