English for Academic Purposes

Improving your university papers and presentations

Date: 23 August - 3 September 2021

Lesson Dates
23/8, 24/8, 25/8, 26/8, 27/8, 30/8, 31/8, 1/9, 2/9, 3/9

Lesson Time
mornings (Central European Time)
The free afternoons can be used to prepare the course assignments.

Online format
​This online edition requires participants to have a stable internet connection (Google Chrome Browser is highly recommended), a computer and a webcam.


Course description

The summer school is a combination of two modules: Academic Writing and Academic Speaking. The main objective is to improve participants’ academic English speaking and writing skills by giving them the tools to remedy their individual problems.


For the 2021 online edition of the summer school on English for Academic Purposes, participants can choose between three options:


 Academic Speaking option: you only take the Academic Speaking module. 

  • €315
  • The total study time will be about 35 hours, depending on your previous experience, skills and level of English. 
  • You will not receive ECTS credits. (ECTS credits are only awarded to programmes that require min. 75 hours of study time.)
  • If you participate in at least 80% of the online lessons and hand in your speaking assignments, you will receive a certificate of attendance which includes a description of the course. 

Academic Writing option: you only take the Academic Writing module. 

  • €350
  • The total study time will be about 40 hours, depending on your previous experience, skills and level of English. 
  • You will not receive ECTS credits. (ECTS credits are only awarded to programmes that require min. 75 hours of study time.) 
  • If you participate in at least 80% of the online lessons and hand in your writing assignments, you will receive a certificate of attendance which includes a description of the course. 


Full option: you take both the Academic Speaking and Academic Writing modules. 

  • €595
  • The total study time will be about 75 hours, depending on your previous experience, skills and level of English. 
  • If you participate in at least 80% of the online lessons and hand in your speaking and writing assignments, you will receive a certificate and 3 ECTS credits (stated on the certificate).

Academic Writing

In the Academic Writing module, participants are taught how to write correct and transparent papers in English. Besides describing the build-up of a good paper, the course improves participants' use of English by focusing on typical grammatical problems and the use of academic vocabulary and structures. Furthermore, participants receive individual feedback on a number of written assignments, which raises their awareness of their own strengths and weaknesses.

The Academic Writing module covers:

  • characteristics of academic writing: general features, academic conventions, approach and tone
  • language revision: typical ‘written’ grammar, spelling, academic vocabulary and style
  • paper build-up: structure, linking words, signalling expressions and useful phrases
  • examples: typical paper design and language use, taken from a range of different fields

​Academic Speaking

The Academic Speaking module teaches relevant techniques, vocabulary, phrases and grammar so that participants’ English presentations will become more correct, effective and professional. Not only the presentation style, language and structure are focused on; a guest speaker will also pay particular attention to slide design. Participants will learn by doing, namely by giving a number of short presentations. Individual feedback and error analyses allow participants to focus on their own particular problems. At the end of the course, the participants will feel more confident when giving presentations in English. The techniques and phrases learnt will also be useful when speaking English during oral exams or when formulating complex answers to questions raised in class, at meetings, conferences, etc.

The Academic Speaking module covers:

  • style: English English instead of literal translations, clear and to the point language use
  • structure: logical and easy-to-follow presentation of information, use of signposts (linking words and phrases) to structure the talk and guide the audience through the content
  • pronunciation training: speaking clear and understandable English, focusing on accent, stress patterns and intonation
  • grammar and vocabulary: focus on correct English, typical presentation phrases and vocabulary to discuss visual aids, such as graphs, and to introduce guest speakers or colleagues
  • interaction with the audience: giving clear and concise answers, using set phrases to deal with specific problems
  • visual aids: tips and tricks related to the use and presentation of visual aids and slide design (guest speaker)

​Course Materials

The course content was developed by Linguapolis on the basis of our experience with similar courses, error analyses of student research papers and presentations and course feedback from students who took the course in the past. As a result, the course meets the needs of the target group perfectly.

The 2021 online edition will be taught using the following materials and methods:

  • digital coursebook
  • info videos
  • online self-study exercises
  • 30-minute individual feedback sessions with your teachers to discuss your personal areas for improvement.

In order to guarantee the applicability of the course materials, all theory will be taught and practised using relevant examples (academic text extracts). The materials also provide useful reference materials for future use.

During the course, participants will have ample opportunity to practise what they have learnt during the online lessons and between the lessons (self-study assignments). The summer school emphasises individual coaching by giving participants individual feedback on their own papers and presentations, which allows them to work on their own specific problem areas. It also gives participants the opportunity to focus on projects they are working on at the time of the course.

Practical info

Target group

The English for Academic Purposes summer school is aimed at undergraduate and postgraduate students who would like to improve their use of academic written and spoken English and remedy their individual language problems. As the course focuses on improving participants’ academic writing and speaking skills in English, basic general guidelines on writing a paper will not be provided. Consequently, participants must have completed at least two full years of higher education and have experience of writing papers (in their mother tongue or in any other language) and thus be familiar with the layout and design of an academic paper or essay.

As the course focuses on specific language aspects related to academic English (rather than improving general English language use), participants must have a minimum English proficiency level of B2 (Common European Framework of Reference).

Contact and Study hours

Lesson Dates
23/8, 24/8, 25/8, 26/8, 27/8, 30/8, 31/8, 1/9, 2/9, 3/9

Lesson Time
mornings (Central European Time)
The free afternoons can be used to prepare the course assignments.


Due to the intensity of the summer school, participants are required to study between lessons, revising the theory taught and completing individual and group assignments. Depending on participants’ previous experience, skill and level of English, the total study time (lessons + self-study + assignments) is 35–40 hours per module, so around 75 hours for the full option.

Schedule

Your schedule will depend on the option (see above: course description) you choose. Participants who choose the full option will have all the lessons in the schedule below. Participants who choose only the Academic Speaking option will have the lessons shown in italics. Participants who choose only the Academic Writing option will have the lessons shown in bold.

Each online lesson consists of watching info videos and participating in live sessions with the whole group and the teacher. The combination of participating in the live lessons and watching info videos will take max. 3 hours per lesson. Furthermore, you will have individual feedback sessions with the teachers (30 min. per module).

There will also be self-study exercises and assignments to do between the online lessons. These include online exercises, coursebook exercises, writing texts and/or preparing short presentations about your field of study.

All classes will be taught in the morning Central European Summer Time (Belgian time); the afternoons can be used to prepare the course assignments.

The total study time (lessons + self-study + assignments) is 35–40 hours per module, so around 75 hours for the full option.


Schedule

Monday 23 August:

Academic Speaking introductory session + Academic Writing introductory session

Academic Writing lesson 1

Tuesday 24 August:

Academic Speaking lesson 1

Wednesday 25 August:

Academic Writing lesson 2

Thursday 26 August:

Academic Speaking lesson 2

Friday 27 August:

Academic Writing lesson 3

 

 

Monday 30 August:

Academic Speaking guest lecture and practice session on slide design

Tuesday 31 August:

Academic Writing lesson 4+ 30-minute individual feedback

Wednesday 1 September:

Academic Speaking lesson 3

Thursday 2 September:

Academic Writing lesson 5

Friday 3 September:

Academic Speaking lesson 4 + 30-minute individual feedback

Certificate and credits

3 credits for participants who take the full option (Academic Speaking + Academic Writing) 

Unfortunately, we cannot award ECTS credits to participants who take only one of the two modules, because ECTS credits are only awarded to programmes that require min. 75 hours of study time.
See 
course description above.

Social programme

The Antwerp Summer University social programme gives students the opportunity to enjoy a varied range of events and activities in the evenings and at weekends. All activities are free of charge. The social programme gives you the opportunity to explore Antwerp and to get to know your classmates, teachers and international students attending other summer schools in a more informal way.

Of course, you are not limited to the activities organised by us. There is so much to see and do in Antwerp, you won't be short of activities during your time with us.