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 for 2022-23 Semester 1:
Block 1: Tuesday 20 September to Tuesday 25 October
Block 2: Tuesday 08 November to Tuesday 13 December
You can continue from one block to another if you wish or blocks can be taken independently of one another. Please indicate on the application form which block(s) you wish to take.
Level(s): B2 and higher
Course cost – €175*+
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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:
- reflect on what is meant by academic reading and writing
- adapt and develop your language for academic reading and writing
- build confidence and fluency in your academic speaking skills
- practice deconstructing lectures and use different strategies to enhance your academic listening skills
- practise your speaking in academic contexts such as group discussions using suggested useful phrases
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)
Academic Reading: skills of skimming and scanning
Academic Writing: developing an academic style
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
Academic Reading: identify and understand how academic text structures work to give you the tools to navigate your own discipline as each genre and discipline require different structures
Academic Writing: language techniques to increase cohesion and coherence of academic paragraphs
Academic Listening: identify speakers attitude/stance to help follow an argument
Academic Speaking: phrases to use in academic discussions e.g agreeing, disagreeing, interrupting
Academic Reading: synthesising ideas from texts and using synthesising grids
Academic Writing: language technique to avoid plagiarism specifically regarding paraphrasing
Academic Listening: questions for active critical listening to lectures
Academic Speaking: using the language of hedging when giving opinions
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 four students will be required for this class to run. If four 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: Part-time application form
IT requirements to join our courses:
All students are required to bring to class a fully-charged laptop (with audio and video) and headphones to ensure full participation and access to course materials and a more valuable student experience. A reliable internet connection is required (this is provided by UCC for on-campus students). You should download Microsoft Teams to your laptop before starting your course. UCC recommends the use of Chrome browser for best interaction with all its applications. Please note that a laptop is a device that is suitable for study purposes and students who use another device such as a tablet will not be able to access some functions. A smartphone is not considered to be a suitable device for study purposes.