English for Academic Purposes. Improving your university papers and presentations

Starts on 22.08.2022

Language en Literature

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° ASU15 EN
Tags: english , grammar , vocabulary , presentations , papers , academic writing , academic speaking

Participants learn to write correct, transparent papers by focusing on paper structure, relevant grammar and academic vocabulary. In addition, they explore typical presentation phrases and techniques that make their presentations more effective and professional.

Description

This summer school on English for Academic Purposes combined the expertise and experience developed by Linguapolis, the University of Antwerp’s institute for language and communication, from teaching a wide range of academic modules to diverse target audiences. In this intensive 10-day course, participants will improve two academic English skills. They will learn to write correct, transparent papers by focusing on paper structure, relevant grammar and academic vocabulary. In addition, they will explore typical presentation phrases and techniques that will make their presentations more effective and professional. Besides attending group lessons, participants will receive individual coaching on their own papers and presentations.

The English for Academic Purposes summer school is aimed at undergraduate and postgraduate students who would like to improve their use of academic written and spoken English and remedy their individual language problems. As the course focuses on improving participants’ academic writing and speaking skills in English, basic general guidelines on writing a paper will not be provided. Consequently, participants must have completed at least two full years of higher education and have experience of writing papers (in their mother tongue or in any other language) and thus be familiar with the layout and design of an academic paper or essay.

As the course focuses on specific language aspects related to academic English (rather than improving general English language use), participants must have a minimum English proficiency level of B2 (Common European Framework of Reference).

Program

The summer school is a combination of two modules: Academic Writing and Academic Speaking. The main objective is to improve participants’ academic English speaking and writing skills by giving them the tools to remedy their individual problem

In the Academic Writing module, participants are taught how to write correct and transparent papers in English. Besides describing the build-up of a good paper, the course improves participants' use of English by focusing on typical grammatical problems and the use of academic vocabulary and structures. Furthermore, participants receive individual feedback on a number of written assignments, which raises their awareness of their own strengths and weaknesses.

The Academic Writing module covers:

  • characteristics of academic writing: general features, academic conventions, approach and tone
  • language revision: typical ‘written’ grammar, spelling, academic vocabulary and style
  • paper build-up: structure, linking words, signalling expressions and useful phrases
  • examples: typical paper design and language use, taken from a range of different fieldsThe Academic Speaking module teaches relevant techniques, vocabulary, phrases and grammar so that participants’ English presentations will become more correct, effective and professional. Not only the presentation style, language and structure are focused on; a guest speaker will also pay particular attention to slide design. Participants will learn by doing, namely by giving a number of short presentations. Individual feedback and error analyses allow participants to focus on their own particular problems. At the end of the course, the participants will feel more confident when giving presentations in English. The techniques and phrases learnt will also be useful when speaking English during oral exams or when formulating complex answers to questions raised in class, at meetings, conferences, etc.

    The Academic Speaking module covers:
    • style: English English instead of literal translations, clear and to the point language use
    • structure: logical and easy-to-follow presentation of information, use of signposts (linking words and phrases) to structure the talk and guide the audience through the content
    • pronunciation training: speaking clear and understandable English, focusing on accent, stress patterns and intonation
    • grammar and vocabulary: focus on correct English, typical presentation phrases and vocabulary to discuss visual aids, such as graphs, and to introduce guest speakers or colleagues
    • interaction with the audience: giving clear and concise answers, using set phrases to deal with specific problems
    • visual aids: tips and tricks related to the use and presentation of visual aids and slide design (guest speaker)

Remarks

The summer school is a combination of two modules: Academic Writing and Academic Speaking. The main objective is to improve participants’ academic English speaking and writing skills by giving them the tools to remedy their individual problems.​

For both course components (Writing and Speaking) participants will be given a final assignment in which they must apply the skills they have learnt. The final assessments will be marked and the scores will be printed on the certificates.

Upon completion of the course, participants will receive 3 ECTS credits. This will be stated on the certificates.

All certificates of completion are issued as a micro-credential.

Course number:
ASU15
Type:
Short- en long-term programmes
Area of interest:
Language en Literature
Language:
EN
Academic year:
2021 - 2022 copy
Starting date:
22.08.2022
Contact person:
zoe.teuwen@uantwerpen.be
Location

Stadscampus, University of Antwerp, Belgium

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