Summer Course Academic English: reading, writing and speaking

Course description

The course consists of three modules: Academic Reading, Academic Writing and Academic Speaking.

The focus of the Academic Reading module is on helping participants develop reading strategies to help them process English academic texts more effectively. They will also practise the skills of skimming, scanning, paraphrasing and summarising. Reading well-written academic texts will also help participants to write good texts themselves.

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

The Academic Speaking module aims to improve the relevant vocabulary, phrases and grammar so that participants’ English presentations will become more correct, effective and professional. Participants will learn by doing through short oral presentations. Individual feedback and error analyses allow participants to focus on their particular problems. At the end of the course the participants will feel more confident when giving presentations in English.

Practical information

Length: 30 contact hours

Period: Monday 9 till Monday 16 September 2019

Place: Campus Drie Eiken, Building R, Room R.007 (except for Friday 13 September: Building N, Room 108)

Course schedule:

  • Monday 9 September: 9.30-12.30 and 1.30-4.30 (6h)
  • Tuesday 10 September: 9.30-12.30 and 1.30-4.30 (6h)
  • Wednesday 11 September: 1.30-4.30 (3h)
  • Thursday 12 September: 9.30-12.30 and 1.30-4.30 (6h)
  • Friday 13 September: 9.30-12.30 (3h)
  • Monday 16 September: 9.30-12.30 and 1.30-4.30 (6h)


The number of participants is limited to 18. When the course has reached its full capacity a waiting list will be opened. Registrations will be ranked in order of payment.

Course fee:

  • €100 for Master of Epidemiology students without a VLIR-UOS scholarship;
  • €100 for Master of Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy students (incl. students of the bridging programme);
  • €100 for Master of Biomedical Sciences and Master of Biochemistry and Biotechnology students
  • €250 for Master of Epidemiology students with a VLIR-UOS scholarship. This amount will be paid directly from the logistical allowance; 
  • €250 for other students registered or accepted at the University of Antwerp.

Please transfer the amount to the following bank account before 31 August 2019:

  • IBAN: BE86 7350 0853 2550
  • Reference: Academic English + OW170016 + your full name 

Your registration will not be considered as final until you have paid the course fee in full.


Please submit the registration form before 12 August 2019


Mrs. Miep Demunyck 
International Affairs Coordinator
Faculty of Pharmaceutical, Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences 

Mr. Dimitri Geelhand de Merxem 
International Affairs Coordinator
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences