English for Academic Purposes

Improving your university papers and presentations

22 August – 2 September 2022

Lesson Dates
22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31  August, 1, 2 September 2022

Lesson Time
9-30 a.m.-12.30 p.m. and/or 1.30 p.m.- 4.30 p.m.
(You will either have two 3-hour classes or one 3-hour class every weekday. The free mornings or afternoons can be used to prepare the course assignments.)

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.​

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

All the components of Academic Speaking and Writing discussed above will be included in the coursebook, which was developed by Linguapolis on the basis of our experience with similar courses, error analyses of student research papers 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 theory in the course materials 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 all components in class and between classes (homework 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. The theory in the coursebook gives participants the information they need to remedy the issues raised in the lecturer’s individual feedback.

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

The summer school consists of 42 contact hours, spread over 10 teaching days (22 August – 2 September 2022). The teachers will also provide about two hours of individual coaching per student, reading their texts and giving them relevant feedback.

Lesson Dates

22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31  August, 1, 2 September 2022

Lesson Time
9.30 a.m.-12.30 p.m. and/or 1.30 p.m.- 4.30 p.m.(You will either have two 3-hour classes or one 3-hour class every weekday. The free mornings or afternoons can be used to prepare the course assignments. Participants can have lunch at the student restaurant on campus at a reduced price.)

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.

Registration fee

​​Fee: €695

The fee for the digital edition of the summer school includes all online lectures, tutoring and interactive workshops, course materials and online social activities. Technical requirements (stable internet connection, (headset), computer and webcam) have to be provided by the participant.

Application deadline: Thursday 30 June 2022 (if you need a visa, the application deadline is Friday 29 April 2022)

Payment deadline: Thursday 30 June 2022

Certificate and credits

For both course components (Writing and Speaking) participants will be given a final assignment in which they must apply the skills they have learnt. The final assessments will be marked and the scores will be printed on the certificates.

Upon completion of the course, participants will receive 3 ECTS credits. This will be stated on the certificates.​

Social programme

The Antwerp Summer and Winter 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.