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Supervising in English I — Supporting and empowering students in writing processes (LM 08V)

WWB Area | Learning field
Teaching and Learning | Advanced teaching module

Starting point
This workshop enables teaching staff who support students who write papers, theses or dissertations in English to approach this endeavour in a more reflected, structured and professional way.

Clarity about roles and responsibilities during writing and supervision processes is a prerequisite for success. In addition, in diverse, intercultural settings responsibilities, standards and expectations need to be communicated clearly. We discuss good practice as well as strategies and practical steps to make supervision more effective and efficient.

By the end of day 2, participants have

  • discussed their own and their students’ roles and responsibilities in writing processes,
  • develop a clearer idea of institutional and individual challenges regarding supervision,
  • practiced strategies for clear oral and written communication of standards and expectations,
  • taken first steps to more effective and efficient supervision in English.


  • Defining good supervision in international/intercultural contexts
  • Organising supervising effectively and efficiently
  • Supervising student writing in English: challenges and issues, do’s and don’ts
  • Writing and supervision processes: phases and student vs. supervisor responsibilities
  • Clear roles and clear communication
  • Practical steps towards a more effective approach to supervising student writing

Trainer input, individual reflection, small group work, plenary discussion, role play, peer feedback.
Max number of participants: 12

Lecturers and other teaching staff who supervise students writing papers, theses or dissertations in English, or will do so in the near future. The topics of this workshop are explored further in the workshop Supervising in English II (probly in summer term 2022)

Course information

Course numberLM 08V
DateWed, 19.01.2022, 10:00am-1:00pm
Wed, 26.01.2022, 10:00am-1:00pm
(plus 2 hours self organized task elaboration in between)
Scope8 hours, 10 working units à 45 min
FormatOnline course. Participants receive login data by email prior the course
ToolsVideoconference. Participants who want to prepare prior the course are invited to visit our Praxisblog and our Wiki.
InstructorsDr. Vera Leberecht
Course languageEnglish
FeesFor employees, assistant lectures, registered doctoral candidates at TU Berlin and junior scientists at HU Berlin, FU Berlin, Charité, the course is free of charge. If you do not belong to these groups of people, please contact wwb@zewk.tu-berlin.de for information on fees.
RequirementsParticipants should have English language skills at least the B2 level.
Participants please keep a laptop/ PC with video and audio function or a webcam and headset ready.
CompletionAssuming successful participation, you receive a certificate of attendance.
CertificateApplicable for TU certificate for teaching and learning and for TiE-BAC certificate – Teaching in English.

For registration, please fill in the provided form. In case of any content questions regarding the course, please contact Dr. Monika Rummler.
In case of any organizational questions please contact wwb@zewk.tu-berlin.de.


Your binding participation is very important to us. On the one hand, our courses are connected with high costs. On the other hand, we plan much group work and work interactively with you. Hence, should you be unable to attend the entire course or should you be prevented from attending the course at all, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can allocate the place to other interested persons. In the event of multiple unexcused absence, we reserve the right to exclude you from further ZEWK courses.
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