Unity Conducts Special Training Focusing on Research Report Writing
The Special Trainings, Testing and Consultancy Services Unit of Unity University organised and conducted the First Round half-day refresher Training with the theme “Exploring Common Problems that Focus on Research Report Writing”, on March 11, 2017, in the Executive Training Room, Gerji Main Campus.
According to a Report produced by the Unit, the Training, in which 22 full-time Instructors (20 male and 2 female) of Unity participated, and facilitated by Dr. Getachew Alemu, Director, Special Trainings, Testing and Consultancy Services, had two major purposes: To reveal, through research-based and tangible evidences, the failures in the use of academic English in research report writings, both by experienced and novice researchers; and to enhance the academic English proficiency of trainees, so that they would be able to do research, to advise students, and to be able to examine the thesis of graduating students.
The Report further noted that research findings had revealed that both experienced and novice researchers had problems in using academic English. The Report noted, “When it comes to the objective reality at Unity University, repeated comments and presentations on various research conferences have proved the prevalence of the problem. Most Instructors do not take the initiative to do research. It is believed that the problem in the use of academic English could be one reason” The refresher Training is believed to bridge the gap along this line, the Report reiterated.
Prominent among the topics covered in the course of the half-day Training involved, among others, What is an academic English? What are the main features of academic English? And how to write in academic style. The Report made note of the active participation of trainees in the programme and underlined that the programme was a success, based on the feedback from the trainees. Among the feedback gathered from trainees were words of satisfaction, which noted that the Training had enhanced their skills and motivated them for future actions; while at the same time requesting the Unit to organise and conduct more such short-term refresher programmes. It has been learnt that this was the first round; and the second round would continue in due time. Moreover, the Unit has plans to organise and conduct a series of such short-term refresher Training programmes in the future.