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English for Academic Purposes (CEF level B1+)
This course is especially aimed at Honours and postgraduate participants who wish to improve their proficiency in Academic English. It is offered at pre-intermediate/B1+ level in terms of the Common European Framework (CEF) for Languages levels (see Addendum). The course integrates the four main skills and academic language and features authentic texts from academic and higher education books. It also offers video and audio content, including extracts from lectures, participant presentations and seminar discussions. It provides practical help in developing essential skills for academic studies, such as critical thinking, effective note-taking and referencing, summarizing and paraphrasing, and avoiding plagiarism. Participants are encouraged to study independently and to apply the course content to their chosen discipline

Purpose of the course:

The aim of the course is to equip participants (especially Honours and postgraduate ones) with the necessary skills in Academic English at pre-intermediate/B1+ level (see Addendum) in order to enable them to listen, speak, read and write effectively in an academic environment

Admission requirements:

Admission requirements: 
Participants must write a Placement Test so that it can be established whether the course is appropriate for them. The test to be administered is the Oxford English Placement Test, which reliably places participants in an appropriate course. The test has been calibrated against the levels system provided by the CEF
Learning assumed to be in place: 
Participants should typically have completed their undergraduate studies and have a satisfactory level of proficiency in English

Course outcomes and assessment criteria :

Course outcomes and the associated assessment criteria: 

Study Unit

Outcomes

Assessment Criteria

 
  • After completion of this course, participants will:
  • Participant will be assessed on the following criteria:
  • Read and understand authentic pre-intermediate academic texts
  • Participants are able to demonstrate comprehension of pre-intermediate academic English texts
  • Participate in seminars and group discussions on academic topics at pre-intermediate level
  • Participants are able to take part in a seminar and group discussion in English at pre-intermediate level
  • Write sentences, paragraphs, essays and assignments at pre-intermediate level
  • Participants are able to write effective sentences, paragraphs, essays and assignments in English at pre-intermediate level
  • Prepare and give a presentation at pre-intermediate level
  • Participants are able to prepare and give an effective pre-intermediate level presentation
  • Take notes, think critically and work independently
  • Participants are able to take effective notes, think critically and work independently
  • Recognize and use academic grammar and vocabulary
  • Participants are able to recognise and effectively use academic grammar and vocabulary

 

Assessment: 
Participants will have to pass a test (50%) in order to be awarded a certificate.
Method of assessment: 
A written and oral Academic English test will be administered.

Additional information

Mode of delivery: 
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Target group: 
All participants, but in particular Honours and postgraduate ones, for whom English is a foreign or second language
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Name: 
UCE
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Telephone number: 
018 285 2821