London, United Kingdom

English Language Skills for Academic Purposes

when 29 June 2020 - 17 July 2020
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 7.5 EC
fee GBP 2100

The 2020 UCL Summer School has been cancelled due to the spread of Covid-19.

This module is for non-native speakers of English, and aims to further develop awareness and use of the conventions of academic English among students from other learning cultures.

More specifically, this module will further develop reading and writing ability in a variety of academic registers as well as developing listening and speaking skills, through lectures, seminars and presentations, within a university context. In doing so, the module aims to advance the ability to perform in all four skills.

The module will cover linguistic structures of relevance to academic study (with reference to a variety of styles and registers from a range of academic authentic material). Various transferable skills will also be developed.

Course leader

James Sinclair-Knopp is a senior EAP programme coordinator and the Assessment Co-ordinator at the Centre for Languages and International Education (CLIE). He has taught English for Academic Purposes for over 20 years, both in the UK and overseas.

Target group

This is a level one module (equivalent to first year undergraduate). No prior subject knowledge is required for this module, but students are expected to have a keen interest in the area.

Course aim

Upon successful completion of this module, students will:

Be better able to understand and use theories and conventions of written academic literacy;

Be better able to use rhetorical and logical strategies to express ideas effectively in writing;

Have developed their own voice and the ability to position themselves in texts;

Have developed their ability to discuss films in a written and oral manner through presentations, in-class discussions and sequence analyses;

Have gained the ability to employ relevant strategies for distinct tasks, ranging from giving presentations to preparing coursework for undergraduate study.

Credits info

7.5 EC
7.5 ECTS / 4 US / 0.5 UCL

Fee info

GBP 2100: Students joining us for six weeks (two modules) will receive a tuition fee discount.
GBP 1100: UCL offers accommodation in a vibrant area in the heart of London which costs approx. £1100 per 3-week Session.