English for University Studies

Course Name:  English for University Studies

Day(s)/time of class: Tuesdays 6-8 pm (Irish time)

Course length: 6 weeks, 12 hours in class + self-study and assignments for teacher feedback

Course dates: From Tuesday 06 July to Tuesday 10 August 2021

Level(s): B2 and higher

Course cost – €175*+

*Returning students receive a loyalty discount.  Please email infolang@ucc.ie for details. 

+UCC staff and students should email infolang@ucc.ie to enquire about special offers. 

Course overview:

This course is aimed at students who would like an introduction to the type of academic English required at university.  The course consists of Academic English for Reading, Writing, Listening & Speaking to:

  1. reflect on what is meant by academic reading and writing
  2. adapt and develop your language for academic reading and writing
  3. build confidence and fluency in your academic speaking skills
  4. practice deconstructing lectures and use different strategies to enhance your academic listening skills
  5. practise your speaking in academic contexts such as group discussions using suggested useful phrases
Learning objectives:

By the end of this course, you will be beginning to:

  • adopt academic reading strategies including skimming, scanning, identifying macro and microstructure
  • develop the basics of academic style
  • use language to create cohesion and coherence to help your writing read more smoothly
  • adopt language techniques to avoid plagiarism specifically regarding paraphrasing
  • deconstruct lectures to aid comprehension such as identifying discourse markers and speakers stance/attitude
  • ask questions to encourage active listening
  • developed appropriacy and flexibility to communicate in academic discussions
  • use appropriate language and strategies to contribute meaningfully to discussions such as developing a range of functional language (e.g phrases for negotiating meaning, sharing opinions)
  • develop pronunciation and articulation concerning the English Lingua Franca core
Weekly course plan: (may change slightly depending on class needs)

Week 1:

 

Academic Reading: skills of skimming and scanning

 

Academic Writing: developing an academic style

Week 2:

 

Academic Listening: different systems of note-taking and identifying discourse markers to aid comprehension

 

Academic Speaking: language to negotiate meaning during group academic discussions (e.g asking for clarification, asking for further information) & being an active listener

Week 3:

 

Academic Reading: identify and understand how academic text structures work to give you the tools to navigate your own discipline as each genre and disciplines require different structures   

 

Academic Writing: language techniques to increase cohesion and coherence of academic paragraphs

Week 4:

 

Academic Listening: identify speakers attitude/stance to help follow an argument

 

Academic Speaking: phrases to use in academic discussions e.g agreeing, disagreeing, interrupting

Week 5:

 

Academic Reading: synthesising ideas from texts and using synthesising grids

 

Academic Writing: language technique  to avoid plagiarism specifically regarding paraphrasing

 

Week 6:

 

Academic Listening: questions for active critical listening to lectures

 

Academic Speaking: using the language of hedging when giving opinions

Student Feedback/Assessment

Students will receive regular feedback from their teachers on their progress.  Due to the nature of this course, there will be no formal end of course assessment.  

Minimum class numbers:

A minimum number of 4 students will be required for this class to run.  If 4 students do not sign up, you will be offered to transfer to another course (depending on level), postpone to another term, or a refund.

Online class connection requirements:

Microsoft Teams application - cameras on during class time.

A good internet connection and a quiet space where you are free to speak. (headphones/earphones optional)

Attendance/End of course certificate:

Attendance will be taken in every class. If you attend 80% of your lessons, you will receive an end of course certificate. Please advise the teacher if you know in advance that you will be absent.

How to Apply

Open for applications. Please click here marking it for Summer Programme.

IT Requirements: a computer, tablet or smartphone with audio and video.  A reliable internet connection. You will need to be able to access MS Teams, Zoom or Canvas for your classes, depending on the course applied for.

Language Centre

Lárionad Teanga

G 36, O'Rahilly Building,University College Cork, Cork, Ireland

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