Programme - Academic English

Academic English

 

1st year (99 hours)

 

Reading

-          understanding questions and instructions

-          recognizing key terms, reading for key information

-          guessing meaning in context

-          scan reading

-          gist reading

-          reading for the main ideas

-          choosing literature

-          note-taking

-          interactive reading

-          analyzing information in complex texts

-          predicting information, for example from visuals

 

Writing

-          organising ideas

-          linking words

-          paragraph building

-          giving advice

-          asking for help

-          drafting and building arguments

-          signposting language

-          drafting and revising content

-          paraphrasing information

-          avoiding plagiarism

-          generating ideas

-          planning an essay

-          writing the conclusion

-          creating a bibliography

 

Vocabulary

-          defining terms

-          word building

-          collocations

-          word families

-          quantifying expressions

-          noun phrases

-          vocabulary for statistics and graphs

-          phrases of frequency

-          prepositional phrases

-          language of possibility

-          vocabulary used in presentations

-          synonyms

-          compound words

 

Speaking

-          asking for study help

-          making sure you have understood

-          presenting and explaining one’s point of view

-          describing a process in a presentation

-          agreeing and disagreeing

-          turn-taking in discussions

-          signposting in presentations

-          presenting solutions

-          concluding a presentation

 

Listening

-          listening for gist

-          listening for detail

-          scan listening

-          interactive listening

 

Grammar

-          noun forms

-          -ing forms

-          Present Simple, Present Perfect, Past Simple, Past Perfect in academic English

-          reporting

-          modal expressions

-          relative clauses

-          articles

-          passive forms

-          subordination

-          cohesion

-          participle clauses

 

Bibliography:

Thaine Craig: Cambridge Academic English Intermediate, Cambridge 2012.

 

2nd year (99 hours)

 

Reading

-          critical reading, reading in detail, relationships between sentences

-          predicting and checking predictions

-          identifying the main points

-          understanding meaning in context, inferring the meaning of words

-          text evaluation

-          understanding plagiarism

-          reading efficiently

-          understanding figures

 

Writing

-          writing a summary (single and multiple sources)

-          in-text referencing conventions, reference lists, primary and secondary sources, quotation conventions

-          essay writing: developing an argument

-          style in academic writing

-          using evidence

-          paraphrase vs. quotation

-          writing up research: literature review, methods, results, discussion, abstract

-          examples supporting key points

-          organizing information in sentences

-          writing a critique

-          editing one’s own work

-          signposting language

-          referring to diagrams

 

Vocabulary

-          nouns, compound nouns and complex noun phrases

-          nominalization

-          adjectives and adjective compounds

-          verbs

-          adverbs

-          prepositions

-          word families

-          noun/verb + preposition

-          formal and informal verbs

-          movement up and down

-          problem words

-          complex conjunctions

-          common prefixes in academic writing

-          collocations

-          hedging

 

Speaking

-          group work

-          group discussion

-          problem solving

-          giving feedback

-          giving opinions

-          professional presentations

-          presenting and explaining results in charts

-          conclusions and recommendations

-          dealing with questions

-          formality and politeness

 

Listening

-          listening for gist

-          listening for detail

-          making notes

-          understanding the main point

-          recognizing lecture styles

 

Grammar

-          -ing clauses with prepositions and conjunctions

-          prepositions after passive verbs

-          gender-neutral language

-          being, of which, as-clauses, it-clauses

-          subject-verb agreement

-          tense choice in reporting

-          irregular plural nouns

-          noun + passive verb combinations

-          word order

-          conditional expressions

-          punctuation

 

Bibliography:

Hewings Martin, and Craig Thaine: Cambridge Academic English Advanced, Cambridge 2012.