AVOK is the Centre for Academic Writing and Communication and our main goal is to support writing and communication skills development through:
Research: We want our support to be informed through research. As such, AVOK actively seeks research projects, topics, and partners that approach writing through different angles. For example, our research investigates writing processes through peer review, and writing products through different genres, disciplines, and languages. We focus on questions such as: How can we best support students' positive experiences while giving and receiving feedback on their writing? How do students write and communicate in the Humanities in comparison to Chemistry? What do texts look like when students write a MA thesis in Education? How do we write in Estonian?
We will support students who seek to engage in a thesis topic related to questions about writing and communication. For example, we have had students investigate creative writing in secondary schools and students' attitudes towards writing (link to Kaisa Liina's article). Another investigation focused on the stance of students in their writing in the Department of English MA theses.
Teaching and Learning: Our courses are informed by our research and currently the following courses are developed around our central principle to support writing and communication skills development:
We are often asked to support the following:
We have a number of resources available for students (link to booklets)
If you would like to join our team, please write an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
BWRITE contributes to understanding local writing conventions and helps to preserve Estonian, Latvian, and Lithuanian writing traditions in all the domains, including research and higher education. The results can be used when teaching academic writing in Estonian, Latvian, and Lithuanian. In addition, the results will contribute to studies of academic identity aspects and add to the intercultural rhetoric research worldwide.
NB! Applications are now open for the course "Scenarios around Academic Writing in Intercultural Teams." For more details, please visit this page.