academic english

This course will extensively cover the essentials needed for succeeding at university. The focus will be academic writing and academic presentations. This includes referencing, synthesising, writing an essay & thesis and public speaking.
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Note-taking & General Study Skills

Learn how to take effective notes and general study skills.

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Topics include:

  • What is a lecture / seminar / workshop / tutorial?
  • Why take notes?
  • How to be an active note taker
  • Effective note taking strategies
  • The key difference between a good and a bad student
  • Making the most of time
  • Being able to work alone & in a team

The Harvard Referencing System

Learn how to reference accurately using the Harvard Referencing System.

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Topics include:

  • Why do we reference?
  • What is plagiarism?
  • What is Turnitin?
  • In-text & end of text referencing
  • Non-integral and integral citation
  • Reference list or bibliography
  • Ways of incorporating sources
  • What does not need referencing – what is common knowledge?

Writing Paragraphs

Learn how to write well written and structured paragraphs.

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Topics include:

  • Paraphrase, summarise & synthesise
  • Your own voice
  • Topic sentences
  • Paragraph structure & unity

How to Deliver a Presentation

This module cannot be individually booked. Please refer to the public speaking course.

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This module cannot be individually booked. Please refer to the public speaking course.

Punctuation and Proofreading

Learn how to finish off an assignment by proofreading and using punctuation accurately.

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Topics include:

  • Commas, fullstops, apostrophes etc
  • How to proofread?

Researching for Academic Purposes

Learn how to research like an expert for academic purposes and beyond.

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Topics include:

  • What is research? – primary, secondary, quantitative, qualitative

  • Evaluation of source types

  • How to research like a scholar

  • Searching for influential research

  • Source evaluation: use the CRAAP method

  • Why do you need to research?

  • When do you need to research? How to present your finding


Reading for Academic Purposes

Learn how to read for academic purposes using efficient reading skills.

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Topics include:

  • Your purpose for reading
  • Knowing what to read
  • Skimming
  • Scanning
  • Careful reading
  • Reading actively
  • How to love reading

Cohesion & Conciseness

Learn how to write in a cohesive and concise manner, the distinction between a good and a great student.

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Topics include:

  • Paragraph structure & unity
  • Cohesion
  • Conciseness

Writing an Essay

Learn how to write different elements of an essay and different types of assignments. This is 2 weeks

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Topics include:

  • Introductions & conclusions
  • Argument & counter-argument essay
  • Your opinion
  • Reports
  • Problem solution essay
  • Report
  • Thesis sections

Course description

Download the week by week breakdown of the course. You can book the full course or the modules individually, if you feel you would like help in only certain areas. What this course will cover, who it is for and what the outcomes are can be downloaded below.

teaching methodology

Download information on our teaching methodology and principles below. You will find out how we teach and why we use such methods. 

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