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Language and Writing
Workshop profile:
This workshop is targeted towards medical writers whose native language is not English. Native speakers who encounter difficulties with the use of tense or who need to be aware of the difficulties experienced by non-native English writers in this area are also welcome. Note: The content of this workshop partly overlaps with the "Tense" part of what was previously offered as the "Adverbs and Tense" (LWA1) workshop. In response to requests from many participants to have more time for exercises, the practical part of the workshop has been expanded to more than half of the workshop.
Provide guidance for medical writers who are not native speakers of English on the effective use of tense in English scientific and medical texts.
The use of tense in English is a major problem area for medical writers whose first language is not English. This workshop will focus on the proper use of tense as a key element in meaning in our types of text. Examples of typical problems are distinguishing between the simple past and present perfect, choosing the right tense for generally valid statements, correctly applying different forms of present and future tenses, and the appropriate use of modal verbs. On the basis of presentations and hands-on exercises, we will look at the different tenses used in different sections of study protocols, study reports and other documents typically prepared by medical writers. More exercises will show us how some tenses are more suitable when speaking and some more suitable when writing. For the pre-workshop assignment, participants will be required to submit particular problems with tense they encounter when working with medical documents in English. The workshop leaders will analyse and discuss selected topics from the participants’ pre-workshop assignments during the workshop. Exercises based on these examples will give participants the opportunity to discuss solutions amongst themselves and with the workshop leaders. The post-workshop assignment will consolidate the content of the workshop.