Academic English and Chemistry Terminology

Find here the AECT 2018 programme with dates

The AECT 2019 programme will be posted in Edmodo.

What students thought of the course in 2015-2016:

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Σχόλια από τη φόρμα αξιολόγησης φοιτητών 2013-2014

Suggested bibliography:

  1. Robinson M. S. et al. Write like a Chemist; Oxford University Press: Oxford; 2008.
  2. Weissberg and Buker. Writing up Research; Experimental Research report writing for students of English. Prentice Hall Regents. 1990.


    • Class Attendance and contribution, peer-review and follow-up revisions
    • 10 pieces of coursework (presentations, part of an IMRD paper scientific poster and part of a review paper)

Weekly outline

Week 1 Induction week

  • Course Objectives
  • Audience and purpose: compare variety of texts
  • Genre analysis of scientific paper, grammar and content
  • Writing conventions, formatting, abbreviations and acronyms
  • Paper 1: Valeur and Bradley, Amide Bond Formation: beyond the myth of coupling reagents, Chemical Society Reviews, 2009

Write on your student journal:

Reflect on your own writing abilities and write a 150-200 word report on:

-What aspects of your writing will you need to improve to move toward more professional writing?

-How might you change the way you approach journal articles to improve your writing abilities?

-What do you think will be most challenging about learning to write for expert audiences?

Week 2 The IMRD Journal Article

  • The importance of concise writing (and avoiding wordiness)
  • Nominalizations and summary words in science
  • Organizational structure of journal articles
  • Direct quotes and paraphrasing
  • Student presentations and high impact slide designs
  • Paper 2: Mc Dowall W. and Eames M.. Towards a Sustainable hydrogen economy: A multi-criteria sustainability  appraisal of competing hydrogen futures. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 32 (2007) 4611 – 4626.

Write on your journal:

Read the Valeur and Bradley (2008) article on Amide Bond Formation and write a report (200-300 words) on what makes this article a scholarly article. Find examples to justify your answer.

Week 3 Writing the Methods

  • Organization: materials, sampling, procedure, instrumentation, numerical methods
  • Fragmented sentences, Capitalization, Units of Measure, Abbreviations and Acronyms, subject and verb agreement
  • Ordinal language; by approach, distant to close, chronologically
  • Reporting Analytical data in the Methods section

Write on your journal:

Find two synthesis articles in The Journal of Organic Chemistry. Compare and contrast the Methods sections in these articles taking into account all conventions, methodologies and language.

Week 4 Writing the Results Section

  • Blocked. Iterative or Integrated R & D
  • Present and Past tenses, active and passive voice, scientific plurals
  • Use of “we”, “respectively”.

Write in your journal:

Find an article in The Journal of Organic Chemistry, compare and contrast the Methods and Results sections with a paper in an Inorganic Chemistry Journal, taking into account all conventions, methodologies and language.

Week 5 Writing the Discussion Section

  • Hedging
  • Hyphenated modifiers
  • Organisation
  • Researcher’s position towards the findings
  • Expressions for suggesting implications of the findings
  • Paper suggested by students.

Write in your journal:

Find two  articles (of which one should be from The Journal of Organic Chemistry). Compare and contrast the Discussion sections in these articles taking into account all conventions, methodologies and language.

Week 6 Writing an Introduction

  • Establishing your context and ordering your information
  • Linking ideas through old and new information: Coherence and cohesion
  • Reviewing previous research: ordering of citations//Find a gap
  • Advancing to Present research//Fill the gap//statement of Value

In your journal this week:

Find two  articles (one of which in The Journal of Organic Chemistry). Compare and contrast the introduction sections in these articles taking into account all conventions, methodologies and language.

Week 7 Writing a Conclusion

In your journal this week:

Find two articles (one of which in an Organic Chemistry Journal). Read the papers’ conclusion. Note the key inferences drawn and attested by the author and answer the questions:

1.Does the author repeat the main hypothesis in the beginning of the conclusion? Is this a clear statement of the principal findings? Are there any new points risen in it?

2.Does he explain why their study is significant to the reader? Does he discuss their outputs in relation to relevant literature?  What do these results mean when compared with others?

3.Are the implications of their findings discussed within a realistic framework or are they exaggerated?

4.Does the author highlight the important shortcomings of their work that could be addressed by further research, or to indicate directions that further work could take?

5.Does the author use the same wording as the one in the introduction?


Week 8 Writing an Abstract

In your journal this week:

Find two articles, compare and contrast the Abstracts in these articles taking into account all conventions, methodologies and language.

Week 9 Writing a Scientific Poster

In your journal this week:

Read the article provide by the instructor and make a scientific poster and identify five improvements in the revised posters, suggesting two more improvements that could be made.The Write Like a Chemist site includes six sets of initial and revised posters.

Week 11 Learning how to write a Review paper.

 A review on the polymer properties of Hydrophilic, partially Degradable and Bioactive acrylic Cements (HDBC) PROGRESS IN POLYMER SCIENCE, 2008.

  • Formatting citations and references 

Week 12 Student Final Presentations

Give a fifteen minute presentation of a scientific poster, published IMRD or Review paper (or one of yours).

Week 13 Presentations

Give a fifteen minute presentation.


3 thoughts on “Academic English and Chemistry Terminology

  1. Iwanna

    Iwanna (A.M. 1169)

    Feedback for Maria:

    I found your overall answer well – structured and I really liked the periodical “Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry” you choose to describe.

    Feedback for Giorgos:

    Overall, you did really well at your answers. I was impressed by the review paper you choose to describe.

  2. Maria

    Maria (A.M. 1186)

    Feedback for Iwanna:
    The wording is impressive and the papers that you chooses were very interesting because their subjects are contemporary and useful.

    Feedback for Kostantina:
    I found your overall answer very good. I think that the chemistry review paper for perovskites was very interested because of this paper we got enough information about our project in advance materials’ lesson!!!!

  3. kallia

    Hi everybody,

    Really glad to see such active and meaningful participation in the coursework.

    Please note that you replied in the wrong section. You actually need to “leave a reply” in the post entitled EAP:C Reading and Homework 1. (Front page)

    There is no need to worry for now, just remember this for the next piece of homework.


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