“Writing is easy. All you do is sit staring at a blank sheet of paper until the drops of blood form on your forehead.” Gene Fowler
The importance of professional writing skills for Ukrainian teachers and researchers in the current period of sociopolitical transformations in the country is becoming a strong necessity. However, since writing as a purposeful socio-rhetorical activity has never been taught in Ukraine, changes in attitudes to writing and the ways of its mastering require special efforts within this context. With the aim of promoting teaching and learning effective writing in English the Center for English Academic Writing has been opened at the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv.
Our center has been founded due to generous support of the Partnership Program between the University of Oregon and the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv. One of the Program’s objectives was to introduce academic and legal writing into the University curriculum. A number of teachers have received training in academic writing at the University of Oregon and in Lviv; gradually we have formed a team of well-qualified professionals able to provide help in the field of academic writing in English.
The Center for English Academic Writing is as a free-access resource and support unit for students, faculty, and interested professionals on local, regional, and national levels. We can provide various kinds of assistance (in the form of workshops, trainings, summer schools, on-line courses, publications, and tutorials) to Ukrainian university students and faculty, high school students and teachers, as well as other professionals on any of the issues related to various types of English writing.
The teachers of Ukrainian universities interested in introducing and teaching writing courses can receive appropriate training during interactive workshops, long-distance courses and summer schools; they can be offered syllabi of writing courses for their institutions, various printed materials and more specific help and advice either in person or via the Internet. In all these activities, the emphasis is on the training of effective approaches to writing suitable for the Ukrainian educational and cultural context. We are also ready to assist English high school teachers (9-11 grades) in introducing the elements of English academic and technical writing through our facilities.
Besides, we can provide help to professionals, such as lawyers and businessmen, in developing their writing skills through individual consultations, interactive workshops, Internet facilities, and by giving access to appropriate learning materials. Finally, special consulting services can be arranged for researchers who need academic writing skills for producing scholarly publications in English.