English for academic purposes: improving your university papers and presentations

Date: 22 - 31 August 2018

Venue: University of Antwerp, Stadscampus - Prinstraat 13 - 2000 Antwerpen (route: UAntwerpen, Stadscampus)

Short description: Antwerp Summer University: this intensive eight-day course improves participants' academic speaking and writing skills in English by providing guidelines, practice and individual feedback.

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.

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 Speaking module teaches relevant techniques, vocabulary, phrases and grammar so that participants’ English presentations will become more correct, effective and professional. 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.

Contact email: zoe.teuwen@uantwerpen.be

Link: https://www.uantwerpen.be/en/summer-schools/english-for-academic/