Belgium, Antwerp

English for Academic Purposes: Improving Your University Papers and Presentations

when 21 August 2019 - 30 August 2019
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 3 EC
fee EUR 665

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.

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 fields.

The Academic Speaking module teaches relevant techniques, vocabulary, phrases and grammar so that participants’ English presentations will become more correct, effective and professional. 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
technical guidance: tips and tricks related to using PowerPoint and Prezi (guest speaker)

All the components of Academic Speaking and Writing discussed above will be included in the coursebook, which was developed by Linguapolis on the basis of our experience with similar courses, error analyses of student research papers and course feedback from students who took the course in the past. As a result, the course meets the needs of the target group perfectly.

The theory in the course materials will be taught and practised using relevant examples (academic text extracts). The materials also provide useful reference materials for future use.

During the course, participants will have ample opportunity to practise all components in class and between classes (homework assignments). The summer school emphasises individual coaching by giving participants individual feedback on their own papers and presentations, which allows them to work on their own specific problem areas. It also gives participants the opportunity to focus on projects they are working on at the time of the course. The theory in the coursebook gives participants the information they need to remedy the issues raised in the lecturer’s individual feedback.

Course leader

Zoë Teuwen
University of Antwerp

Target group

Undergraduate and postgraduate students who have completed at least two full years of higher education and have experience writing papers (in their mother tongue). Minimum level of English: B2.

Course aim

This intensive 8-day course improves participants’ academic speaking and writing skills in English by providing guidelines, practice and individual feedback.

Credits info

3 EC
3 ECTS credits are awarded upon successful completion of the programme.

Fee info

EUR 665: Fee includes lessons and course material, coffee breaks, social activities and farewell dinner. Does not include lunch or accommodation.