Academic English is aimed at all those involved in writing reports, theses, articles, and delivering presentations. Such participants may include MA and PhD students in the Humanities and Social Sciences. It is also aimed at seasoned academics, for whom English is not their first language, but who need to present papers, hold talks and write articles for an international audience. The course is also aimed at business leaders who wish to write documents, reports and hold presentations in high-level English. For individual participants, a tailor-made course meeting specific requirements can also be arranged. This might include translation of texts and transcripts, proof-reading documents and assistance with presentations.
The objective of the course is to enable participants to produce high-quality written documents, and at the same time the course will provide tools which will allow participants to deliver presentations with confidence. A solid introduction to structuring academic papers will be given, from devising a problem formulation and incorporating theories for a thesis, to planning the composition of a journal article. A rich academic vocabulary will be acquired through methods such as reading, writing and speaking. Indeed, pronunciation will also be an important component of this course, helping the participant to converse in academic language with confidence.
During this two-day intensive course, the participant(s) will be given a solid background into different aspects of academic writing and presenting, and at the same time participants will be encouraged to produce their own written work which will be assessed individually. Course material will be provided in accordance with participant needs. At the end of the course, each participant will be given a plan which highlights key areas for them to work on in order to develop their academic writing and/or presenting skills.
Theoretical teaching will include: