Academic Writing Course for Ph.D. Students





Tzipora Rakedzon                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Office number:  Department of Humanities and Arts, Room 213
Office telephone: (829)3859
E mail:


Dr. Judy Hen


 Teachers' office hours are held in the Department of Humanities and Arts web site.


Winter Semester 2016-2017

Registration will begin in the Department of Humanities and Arts on Sunday, September 18, 2016*.                                

Registration can be done in the Humanities and Arts Department, Room 209, or  by phone - No. 829-3507









Dr. Judy Henn

   100, Humanities Building




Tzipora Rakedzon

   100, Humanities Building




Tzipora Rakedzon

* For Medical students only

Medical School





Tzipora Rakedzon


306, Humanities Building




Tzipora Rakedzon

306, Humanities Building






Tzipora Rakedzon


306, Humanities Building

* Registration for Masters students will start on October 5, 2016.

Who is the course for?

The course is for Ph.D. students at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.  As of the spring semester 2004, this course has been compulsory.  Students are eligible if they have passed the Technion's Advanced Graduate English Proficiency Exam and have been granted Ph.D. candidate status by the Graduate School.  Those students on the direct M.A./Ph.D. track will only be allowed to register after they attain official Ph.D. status.  A word of explanation:  The Graduate School computer will not accept any student who has not achieved the required status, so it is  impossible to register students who are not eligible.

What is the course about? 

The course is an advanced level English course which teaches students about the princples (structure and content) involved in writing academic articles in science and technology.  In addition, grammar and syntax is covered at an advanced level, with a particular emphasis on difficulties faced by Israeli writers.

What is the format of the course?

 The sections meet for one two-hour (academic) frontal session per week (at the times listed above).  An attempt is made to keep the material taught in all the groups parallel so that students who must miss their usual section can make up the material in one of the other sections.  In addition, the students meet the instructor in individual tutorial sessions during the semester to work on their own writing.  The tutorials are an integral part of the course and credit will not be given to students who do not complete all the tutorials.

How do I register for the course?

Registration is conducted only in the Department of Humanities and Arts with Ilana [telephone (829)3507].  Registration begins before the beginning of each semester.  Notices are sent out to each faculty before registration begins, so check your faculty bulletin boards or contact the secretary in your faculty.  Schedules are also posted on this website.  Registration is for a particular day and time and is on a first come-first served basis.

How do I get accepted to the course?

If you register in time and have fulfilled all the requirements (status, English Proficiency Exam, etc.) then you will need to take the entrance exam for the course.  The exam will be given on the first class day of the semester (of the section that you have registered for).  You will be given a choice of several topics on which you will write an essay in English.  You can use any dictionary that you wish—in any language and in any medium (book form or electronic).  The exam will take the whole 2-hour class period.

The exam will be held in the CALL Lab (Computer Lab) of the Department of Humanities and Arts, 3rd floor.  All writing will be done on one of the computers in the lab and will be printed out for the teacher at the end of the exam session.  It is recommended that, at the end of the exam, students either send their finished compositions to themselves by e-mail or save it to a key, for future work in the course.

What happens if I don't pass the exam?

Some students need significant help in basic English and, as a result, will not be able to benefit from the course.  In such cases, they are asked to spend some time doing remedial work (preferably with a private teacher) to raise their level of English and then to re-register and re-take the test in a later semester. 

What happens if there is no more room on the registration list?

The demand for places for this course is extremely high and often exceeds the number of places available.  In such cases students are put on a waiting list.  As room becomes available, students on the waiting list are informed that they have been accepted to the course.  Those students remaining on the waiting list by the first day of the semester should come and take the exam, as room does sometimes become available after the first week.  If you are on the waiting list, take the entrance exam, and there is still no room, you do not need to re-take it in a later semester as it will be kept by the teacher (providing that your level of writing is acceptable).  However, you must re-register for the course when the time comes.


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