A warm welcome to our Academic skills and writing course!

Hello everyone and welcome to our online site!

My name is Djuddah Leijen and I am an associate professor of English at the College of Foreign Languages and Cultures. My main teaching at the moment is actually not in the department for the curriculum of English, but teaching PhD students and Staff Courses. I am, however, teaching a new course next semester called Rhetoric and Composition (HVLC.01.071 Course in Rhetoric and Composition)

I primarily teach πŸ‘¨β€πŸ« a topic which we refer to as Communicating Science. This encompasses science writing and science communication and the general format is scientific journal articles and scientific conference presentations and public speeches. I also teach staff courses and these focus primarily on teaching staff members how to teach writing (or use writing assignments for teaching and learning), supervising students, teaching methods when teaching international courses (multicultural), and writing to researchers and professors (yes, they too need to be taught).

My research πŸ”¬is related to understanding how the writing process supports learning, how we learn to write, how we write, the rhetoric of writing, rhetorical analysis of academic writing, how feedback supports and hinders writing, student well-being, and PhD writing processes. More recently, I am interested how we can use different technology to help us communicate our knowledge better.

I ❀️ talking about writing. For some teachers and students it is perhaps the most boring topic (which I can understand), but, as you may hear in my enthusiasm when I talk about it, writing is an incredibly exciting field of research and field of teaching and learning.

I was born in the Netherlands, which makes me a Dutch πŸ‡³πŸ‡± citizen, but Estonia πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡ͺ is the place where I have lived the longest consecutive period of time (arrived in 2008). There is no other place in the world where I have lived for that long.

This web-site is designed to be self-intuitive. Please explore and enjoy πŸ™‚

Latest news

I welcome all new students to the course starting in the Autumn Semester of 2022/23.

If you’re not sure whether this course is for you, you’re more than welcome to drop me an email with questions.

I also recommend you to check the creative work from previous students