English for Academic Purposes
- Part Time English Courses
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Academic Reading Course
Days, Times and Dates: 4 weeks of 2 hours per week
Week commencing 15 October 2012 – week ending 9 November 2012
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
If you have any questions about your course, please speak with your tutor. Alternatively, you may contact the Course Co-ordinator, Mr James Sinclair-Knopp, in Room 115 at 26 Bedford Way. Email: email@example.com
For any administrative queries, please contact the EAP Office, Room 121 at 26 Bedford Way.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 0207 679 8665
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