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“Attempting the impossible”?: On creating a guide to scientific writing in English
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Learning, Language and communication.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1254-9629
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Learning, Language and communication.
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Learning, Language and communication.
2023 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

LSP teachers working at KTH Royal Institute of Technology have created a guide to scientific writing in English. This is an online resource that aims to raise awareness of what constitutes effective scientific writing.

The guide emerged from interactions between LSP teachers and their students and faculty colleagues on the nature of effective scientific writing in English. As a result, and in contrast to many other university writing guides, the KTH guide is rooted in the typical writing genres and conventions of a technical university, and draws on examples of these to explore sentence structure, punctuation, text flow, and scientific style. 

Since its launch, the guide has become an integral part of classroom practice, and it has drawn a number of comments from students and faculty colleagues in anonymized surveys and course evaluations. Our analysis of these comments suggests that users appreciate the focus on scientific writing (as opposed to more general academic writing), but that some struggle to find answers to specific questions. 

In this paper, we introduce the guide, present a thematic analysis of the evaluations, and discuss the impact of these on the development of not only the guide, but also on scientific writing practices at KTH.

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2023.
Keywords [en]
scientific writing, online guide, English
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Education and Communication in the Technological Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-338121OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-338121DiVA, id: diva2:1805056
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Language for Specific Purposes in Higher Education 2023, Stockholm, Sweden, 8 September 2023
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Available from: 2023-10-16 Created: 2023-10-16 Last updated: 2023-10-16Bibliographically approved

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