English for Academic Purposes
- Part Time English Courses
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All English language courses have been accredited and are regularly inspected by the British Council.
In-sessional EAP Course Details
Two-hour classes held once a week over 16 weeks in Terms 1 and 2 (a total of 32 hours) as follows:
Term 1: 7 classes, from week beginning 14 October 2013 to week ending 6 December 2013
Term 2: 9 classes, from week beginning 13 January 2014 to week ending 21 March 2014
Please note that In-sessional EAP will not have classes during UCL Reading Weeks.
£300 for the whole 16-week course
Class Days and Times
Enrolment update: Classes will run on Tuesdays 5-7pm, Wednesdays 3-5pm and Thursdays 3-5pm. Places are still available in all three classes. Please contact the EAP Office with your payment to secure your place on a first-come, first served basis.
Participants (UCL only, interview required for enrolment)
The course is to the needs of international students on taught masters courses whose main language is not English. Some undergraduates, 1st-year MPhil/PhD students, researchers and academic visitors have also found this course useful. There is a maximum of 14 students per class.
To further develop awareness and use of the conventions of academic English among UCL students from other learning cultures
To develop active, productive skills in English for academic contexts. In particular:
· to develop writing ability in a variety of registers, in particular as required for essay writing, supported by practice both in and out of class and appropriate work on grammar and vocabulary
· to further develop skills and confidence for academic speaking
Support for effective academic reading and listening may be supplemented through self-study tasks
The In-sessional EAP course concentrates on academic English skills, particularly the productive skills of academic writing ans speaking but also including attention to reading, listening and study skills. Grammar is given some attention, but is usually incorporated into the development and practice of skills. We will try to make the classroom activities and homework tasks as relevant as possible to the language of students’ own subject areas. Participants will receive regular feedback on writing and speaking tasks.
Term 1 will begin with a Needs Analysis in each class to establish common class needs, but it is expected that all In-sessional EAP classes will share a broadly similar basis organised around a number of key topics, as outlined below:
identifying the organization of a text
identifying sequencing markers
identifying a writer’s point of view
introductions and conclusions
types of essay and organization:
cohesion; linking devices
academic conventions; referencing style(s)
plagiarism (how to avoid it)
academic style and register
research essay writing
common errors (editing)
for structure and main ideas
for specific information
introducing oneself and area of study/interest
seminar discussions (Term 1)
short presentations (Term 2)
the Academic Word List
grammar as required (but see also Advanced Grammar Course)
the structure of definitions
speaking and writing about numbers and data
Assessments are held as set out below during, or in parallel with, the In-sessional EAP course, and are compulsory for conditional students. These take the form of:
• Speaking: introducing and leading a short seminar (with the class)
• Writing: research project (1500 words); final submission deadline 3 March 2014
• Listening: short lecture and comprehension questions
• Speaking: prepared presentation and discussion (in class)
• Reading and writing examination: Friday 21 March 2014, 14:15-16.30
Conditional students are those who are required, either by UCL Registry or by their own department, to attend the course and complete all assessments to an accepted level.
Satisfactory completion of all the assessments, together with regular attendance and participation in the classes, will allow conditional students to meet the UCL English language requirement. CLIE will forward the results to Registry directly at the end of Term 2.
All students who complete In-sessional EAP assessments will receive a certificate with details of each assessment score. Conditional students will also receive an end-of-course report following the end of assessments in Term 2.
Please note: your tutor will NOT be able to proof-read or otherwise help you with ongoing UCL coursework which has not yet been submitted to your department.
We strongly recommend 100% attendance on the In-sessional EAP course in order for you to benefit fully from the input and practice. 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.
Non-conditional students who do not take the final examination can request a Certificate of Attendance if they have attended at least 80% of classes.
Students will be expected to complete homework tasks in order to gain maximum benefit from the course. Written homework tasks will be corrected using the marking code. In addition, the tutor may give a variety of grammar, vocabulary or reading tasks.
Course Feedback / Staff-Student Consultative Exercise
There will be an opportunity for In-sessional EAP students to give general feedback on the course to senior representatives of CLIE.
If you have any administrative enquiries, please contact the EAP Office in Room 121, 26 Bedford Way at CLIE. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 020 7679 8665
If you have any questions about your course, please speak to your class tutor. Alternatively, you may like to contact the Course Co-ordinator, Mrs Daphne Thomas, Room 115, 26 Bedford Way. Email: email@example.com
Most of the books listed below are available for reference in the Self-Access Centre, but please note that these books cannot be borrowed. Alternatively, they are available for purchase at good local bookshops (ask the EAP Office for advice).
Grammar books for self-study:
For clear explanations of written and spoken English:
• Carter, R & M McCarthy (2006) Cambridge Grammar of English: A Comprehensive Guide. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
Longer, more 'natural' exercises for more advanced students:
• Foley, M & D Hall (2003) Advanced Learners' Grammar: A self-study reference and practice book with answers. Harlow: Longman
We recommend you buy your own copy and work through:
• Mosback, G & V Mosback (1976) Practical Faster Reading. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
• Jordan, R R (1999) Academic Writing Course. Harlow: Longman
• Bailey, S (2011) Academic Writing: A handbook for students (3rd edition) London & New York: Routledge
Listening and note-taking skills:
Ease Listening to Lectures: This interactive software in the Self-Access Centre helps students to develop their ability to listen to, follow, identify key information and arguments and take notes during lectures.
Study Skills (available from UCL Library)
Lewis, M & H Reinders (2003) Study Skills for Speakers of English as a Second Language. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
Using the Internet:
Useful exercises for grammar, reading, vocabulary, listening and writing can be found on the BBC Learning English Website.
Advice and resources to help international students towards more effective study at University can be found on the Palgrave Study Guides website.
Further suggestions are offered during the course through Moodle and on the Self-Access Centre pages.
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