It was the innovative work being done in this area at the International Writing Centre at Georg-August-Universität Göttingen that led me to apply for an Erasmus+ grant for travel to Göttingen for a week in April.

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Intercultural competence

The International Writing Centre has five permanent staff members, as well as a number of research fellows and student tutors. The centre offers support to both German and international students through work with intercultural competence, multilingual approaches to academic writing and writing in specific disciplines. The centre offers courses that students can take for credit towards their degrees, as well as writing fellow programs and one-on-one consultations.

Interviews with staff members

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In the week I spent at the writing centre, I participated in a materials development workshop and interviewed key staff members. The workshop involved working with the centre’s staff to develop activities for helping students use their multilingual resources in the editing process. The staff members also generously made time for interviews and in these interviews we discussed the writing centre’s strategies for working multilingually in courses on academic writing and in consultations with students.

Useful first-hand experience

Given the bilingual nature of many study programmes at Stockholm University and the diverse and multilingual backgrounds of the university’s students, a multilingual approach to the development of academic writing is highly relevant here. It was inspiring to see how the

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International Writing Centre at Georg-August-Universität has developed strategies for putting this approach into practice and my first-hand experience of their work will inform the future development of our approaches to teaching and tutoring at the Academic Writing Service and Studie- och språkverkstaden."

Daniel Yencken is a pedagogical consultant at the Academic Writing Service and Studie- och språkverkstaden.