Academic English

Entry requirements: internet based free TOEFL over 50

Credits: 3

Course: Core

Language of the course: English

Objectives

Students will learn to:

  • to read, understand and write academic texts
  • to carry out literature review on a topic related to their studies
  • to use solid argumentation in order to persuade the reader
  • to give a presentation on the topic of their research

Contents

The course is designed to improve academic writing skills. The focus will, therefore, be on macro aspects such as appropriate writing style and paragraph structure as well as micro aspects such as vocabulary and complex sentence constructions. Grammar and punctuation issues will be addressed as well when necessary.

This course is not suitable for native speakers.

Format

Lectures and workshops. Attending all lectures and workshops and completing all assigned practice exercises is mandatory.

Study materials

No book will be recommended. However, links to useful websites containing explanations and exercises to help with vocabulary, grammar and writing style are listed below:


Vocabulary
Grammar

Academic Writing
http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/ и http://dictionary.cambridge.org/

In addition, the lecture slides and handouts will be uploaded on to Moodle at the end of each lesson.

Assessment

Attendance is mandatory. Students cannot miss more than one class.

Grading: 40% weekly assignments; 20% participation in class discussions and/or individual presentation on a topic of interest, 20% final research results’ presentation; 20% writing a well structured cover motivation letter and CV.