Mastering Academic Writing for Non-Native English Speakers

Course Length: 6 Hours
Course Style: High-Definition On Demand Video

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this comprehensive and engaging course, you will be able to:

  • Address the most common errors non-native English speakers make in academic writing for publication
  • Identify and effectively use name words (nouns, pronouns, gerunds)
  • Identify and effectively use articles (definite and indefinite)
  • Identify and effectively use descriptive words (adjectives and adverbs)
  • Identify and effectively use action words (verbs)
  • Identify and effectively use conjunctions, prepositions, and prepositional phrases
  • Build new words using the 6 most common categories of prefix
  • Build new words using the 4 most common categories of suffix
  • Compare the proper use of past, present, and future tenses (simple and perfect forms)
  • Compare the proper use of active vs. passive voice
  • Compare the proper use of first, second, and third person perspectives
  • Compare the proper use of common forms of punctuation (periods, question marks, exclamation marks, quotation marks, commas, semicolons, colons, apostrophes, hyphens, parentheses, ellipses)
  • Optimize your written vocabulary choice (abbreviations, jargon, redundancies)
  • Construct well-written sentences (compound vs. complex, avoid run-ons, parallel structure)
  • Construct well-written paragraphs (flow, narration, description, process, classification)
  • Appropriately quote, paraphrase, and summarize original sources
  • Successfully avoid and detect plagiarism
  • Maximize the readability of your academic writing in English (objectivity, clarity, cohesion, conciseness, style)
  • Apply best practices in revision and editing in English


Paul M. Sutter, PhD is Research Professor of Astrophysics at Stony Brook University, Guest Researcher at the Flatiron Institute in New York City, and contributing editor to Forbes,, and LiveScience, where his articles are syndicated to CBS News, Scientific American, and MSN, amongst others. Author of over 60 peer-reviewed articles as well as 2 books (published by Prometheus Books and Pegasus Books), he received his PhD in Physics as Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellow at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign before completing post-doctoral fellowships in France at the Institut d’Astrophysique de Paris and in Italy at the Osservatorio Astronomico di Trieste. Since this time, Dr. Sutter has developed one of the most popular astrophysics podcasts in the world and has delivered over 100 conference presentations, seminars, and colloquia at prestigious institutions across the globe. A go-to expert for journalists and producers, he regularly appears on television, radio, and in print, including on the Discovery Channel, History Channel, Science Channel, and Weather Channel.

DISCLOSURES: This course can be classified as video-based homestudy without interactivity, and has an intended audience of professionals in the following sectors: Non-profit, Industry, University, Community College, Government Agency, Hospitals & Clinics, and Independent Researchers. Publication Academy, Inc. reports no conflicts of interest and has received no commercial support in the development and hosting of this training from its instructors. Publication Academy, Inc. maintains responsibility for this program and its contents. If you wish to enquire about a refund due to technical difficulties, please e-mail

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