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Academic Reading Course



Days, Times and Dates: 4 weeks of 2 hours per week

Term 1:

Week commencing 14 October 2013 – week ending 8 November 2013

Wednesday 15:00-17:00

Term 2:

Week commencing 27 January 2014 – week ending 21 February 2014

Wednesday 15:00-17:00

Course fee (Academic Reading only):

UCL: £125 Other: £150

Combined course fee (Academic Reading and Listening):

UCL: £220 Other: £270


A short course for participants who lack confidence in reading efficiently for their course of study. This course is not suitable for students with an advanced level of English. There is a maximum of 12 participants per class.

Course Aims

The aim of this course is to assist participants whose main language is not English in developing their reading skills towards meeting the demands of an academic course more effectively.

Taught Content

This course will cover a range of strategies for improving reading skills such as speed reading and scanning practice; identifying text type; reading to identify the main points and to distinguish fact from opinion; note-taking; reading and critical thinking; and dealing with new vocabulary.

Both the tutor and the participants will bring in a variety of texts in order to provide practice in a range of relevant academic fields. Techniques and strategies will be taught using a variety of methods, and participants will be expected to work in pairs and small groups as well as individually. Participants may be asked to make some written responses to their reading.

Course Outline

The strategies covered will depend to some extent on the members of the group and their needs and interests, but will typically be selected from the following:

• Reading faster

• Skimming for main ideas

• Scanning for specific information

• Identifying a writer’s point of view or opinion

• Distinguishing between fact and opinion

• Reading critically

• Dealing with new vocabulary

• Taking notes

• Summarising a text

• Self-study tips and resources

Books (in the Self-Access Centre)

• Reading

Mosback, G & V Mosback (1976) Practical Faster Reading. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

• Vocabulary and Reading

Huntley, H. (2006) Essential Academic Vocabulary. Thomson Heinle Houghton Mifflin

McCarthy, M & F O'Dell (2008) Academic Vocabulary in English. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

McCarthy, M & F O'Dell (2002) English Vocabulary in Use: Advanced. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Porter, D (2003) Check your Vocabulary for Academic English. London: Bloomsbury

Books (in the main UCL Library)

Godfrey, J (2009) How to use your reading in your essays. Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan


For your first class, please bring a copy of a short article, or chapter (or section) from a book which is typical of the type of reading you need to do on your course. This will help your tutor to advise you more efficiently!

You may be asked to do reading exercises for homework, and to produce a short written response to a text.


In order to benefit fully from the course, we strongly recommend 100% attendance. If you have to miss a class, please inform the tutor beforehand. This can be done either by email or by leaving a message at CLIE Reception.

Course feedback / Staff-Student Consultative Exercise

Students on all part-time English courses have the opportunity to give feedback on their course to CLIE.

Academic support

If you have any questions about your course, please speak with your tutor. Alternatively, you may contact the Course Co-ordinator, Mrs Daphne Thomas, in Room 115 at 26 Bedford Way. Email: daphne.thomas@ucl.ac.uk

Administrative support

For any administrative queries, please contact the EAP Office, Room 121 at 26 Bedford Way.

Email: pteap@ucl.ac.uk Tel: 0207 679 8665

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