Part-Time Courses for UCC Students

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS CURRENTLY STUDYING AT UCC (visiting and non-visiting)

UCC Language Centre offers a limited number of free-of-charge places on part-time English language courses to international students currently studying at UCC, including Erasmus and other visiting students.  Places are limited and are filled on a first-come-first-served basis.

Only one course per semester may be taken and normally only one course (one semester) per academic year is allowed due to the large demand for them.

In-sessional Courses

In-sessional courses focus on developing the necessary academic skills and language required at UCC for both Undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes.

Credit Modules

 

LC1002 English for

Academic Study (B2+) 

This can be taken, subject to availability, as a 5-credit module by Erasmus/Visiting students in either semester as part of their Learning Agreement, or on a non-credit basis by non-visiting international students at UCC.  Spaces are limited and are usually allocated before the start of the semester.

LC1003 Advanced English for Academic Study (C1-)

 This can be taken, subject to availability, as a 5-credit module by Erasmus/Visiting students in either semester as part of their Learning Agreement, or on a non-credit basis by non-visiting international students at UCC.  Spaces are limited and are usually allocated before the start of the semester.

PG6021 (B2+) Semester 1

PG6022 (C1) Semester 2 

PG6023 (C1+) Teaching Period 3

These 5-credit academic English training modules can be taken for credit by international students doing a full PhD programme at UCC or a full Master's course of more than one year duration at UCC, not as a visiting student. See UCC Book of Modules for more details. 

 


Non-Credit Digital Badges

*Note: The below Digital Badge Short Courses are delivered online until further notice.

 We offer two digital badge courses:

  1. Academic Language for Reading & Writing
  2. Academic Language for Speaking & Listening

These are 5-week courses (1 x 2-hour sessions a week = 10 hours in total).

Day/Time: Courses will be running on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2 pm-4 pm (please select your preferred course, day and time on the sign-up link below).

Level: Both courses are aimed at students who are beginning to develop their academic language for either reading and writing or listening and speaking.

Assessment: Assessment is minimal on this course as the main aim of this course is for students to apply what they are learning to their UCC programme studies. However, to receive the digital badge there is a short review assessment at the end of the course.

Content Course 1. Academic Language for Reading & Writing

This course will give you the opportunity to reflect on differences between your previous education, learn about what is expected at UCC and develop the language for academic reading and writing.

These are some of the areas that the course focuses on:

Academic Reading:

Strategies to use including skimming, scanning, identifying macro and microstructure, using synthesizing grids to make notes and questions to help read critically.

Academic Writing:

Developing the basics of academic style, using language to create cohesion and coherence to help your writing read more smoothly, using language to integrate/synthesise reading sources, identifying the differences between descriptive, analytical, evaluative and reflective writing and language techniques to avoid plagiarism specifically regarding paraphrasing

Content Course 2. Academic Language for Speaking & Listening

 This course will enable you to build confidence and fluency in your academic speaking skills.  You will be able to practice deconstructing lectures and using different strategies to enhance your academic listening skills.  You will also have opportunities to practice your speaking in group discussions using suggested useful phrases.

These are some of the areas that the course focuses on:

Academic Listening:

Raising awareness of strategies to deconstruct lectures to aid comprehension such as identifying discourse markers and speakers stance/attitude, focusing on questions to encourage active listening, being better able to understand the different opinions of students participating in discussions.

Academic Speaking:

Developing appropriacy and flexibility to communicate in academic discussions, using 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) and developing pronunciation and articulation in relation to the English Lingua Franca core.

**The courses will begin the week starting 27th April (the state date of your course will depend on the course you select)

If you are interested in the digital badge waiting list or taking a 5-week course starting after the Easter holiday, please complete this short form

Part-time Evening Courses

General English non-credit courses at B1, B2, C1 and C2 level (including some preparation for Cambridge examinations such as First and Advanced).  These are usually evening or afternoon courses of up to 4 hours per week.  These classes are mostly filled with fee-paying external students.  The remaining spaces are extremely limited and priority will be given to non-visiting international students.  Students may be expected to purchase a coursebook.

Specialised non-credit courses in spoken Fluency, Business English and Writing Skills are offered in some semesters, but not every term.  These are usually evening or afternoon courses of 2- 4 hours per week.  These classes are mostly filled with fee-paying external students.  The remaining spaces are extremely limited and priority will be given to non-visiting international students.

Non-visiting international students

To apply for a place on either a credit or non-credit course, non-visiting international students should email academicenquiries@ucc.ie putting name/student number and 'non-visiting' in the subject line indicating their interest in applying for a place.  You will be contacted before the start of the semester and may be required to take a placement test for which there will be a small charge.

Visiting students

To apply for a place on LC1002 or LC1003, Erasmus and other visiting students must apply before arriving in UCC as all spaces are usually allocated on a first-come-first-served basis, before the start of term.  Please email academicenquiries@ucc.ie as soon as possible, putting your name and student number and either Erasmus or Visiting Student on the subject line and you will be contacted before the start of the semester with details.  Some places on LC1002 and LC1003 will be reserved for non-visiting international students.

If spaces become available in our non-credit courses (general and specialised) during the academic year, Erasmus and other visiting students will be emailed with information on how to apply.

 

Other supports available to UCC Students whose first language is not English

If you're interested in conversation exchange with Irish UCC students needing to practise their Chinese, French, Spanish, German, Italian and other languages, and willing to speak in English with you, please call to G.29 O'Rahilly Building to register. Alternatively, email Rita Flynn at r.flynn@ucc.ie to enquire.

If interested in using our English language self-study materials, in our language laboratory at set times, please call to G.29 O'Rahilly Building for more information. Please bring your UCC student card.

Language Centre

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

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