London, United Kingdom

English Language Skills for Academic Purposes

when 20 July 2020 - 7 August 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 aims to familiarise students from other learning cultures with the conventions of academic English and to give practice in their use. Skills in academic reading, writing, speaking and listening will be developed through exposure to a variety of academic texts and lectures, active participation in seminars and presentations, and a series of writing tasks.

For both writing and speaking, attention will be given to linguistic structures of relevance to academic study, as exemplified in model texts. At the same time, a focus on register and style will encourage students to differentiate successfully between the expectations of formal writing and speaking contexts, leading to the independent production of a fully referenced academic essay and individual presentation. In the course of the module, transferable skills in research, synthesis, communication and critical thinking 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). Students must have completed one year of undergraduate study. No prior subject knowledge is required for this module, but students are expected to have a keen interest in the area.

Course aim

This module aims to familiarise students from other learning cultures with the conventions of academic English and to give practice in their use. Skills in academic reading, writing, speaking and listening will be developed through exposure to a variety of academic texts and lectures, active participation in seminars and presentations, and a series of writing tasks.

For both writing and speaking, attention will be given to linguistic structures of relevance to academic study, as exemplified in model texts. At the same time, a focus on register and style will encourage students to differentiate successfully between the expectations of formal writing and speaking contexts, leading to the independent production of a fully referenced academic essay and individual presentation. In the course of the module, transferable skills in research, synthesis, communication and critical thinking will also be developed.

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: Accommodation will cost approx. £1100 per 3-week Session.