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Academic English Programme
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Our Mission

To Promote Excellence in Academic Writing and Academic Speaking in English


The Academic English Programme comprises study-units at undergraduate and postgraduate level with the aim of equipping students with the skills necessary to write academic work and give presentations in academic contexts.

Study-units are given a discipline-specific orientation, in particular as regards writing, where the needs of students across disciplines tend to vary significantly. Basic skills taught include referencing and the avoidance of plagiarism, text organisation and analysis, the use of an appropriately formal style of writing and a critical approach to source material. Specific text-types in the disciplines are focused on according to need. For example, Chemistry students are instructed on how to keep a lab notebook and Conservation and Restoration students learn how to write conservation reports.

Students following basic courses in academic speaking are taught how to communicate avoiding read-aloud strategies, time their presentations, make appropriate use of visual media, handle questions from the floor and participate in discussions. Students are also given the opportunity to practise these skills through short exercises to enhance their confidence in addressing an audience.

More advanced courses are also available on academic writing, including LIN2013, an undergraduate course on how to write dissertations, and LIN5063, a course comprising academic reading, writing and speaking skills at postgraduate level.

You can find out more about our courses here.


The time table for the Academic English Programme can be found on this page.

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