English for Academic Purposes

Brochures available at CLIE Reception from September.

British Council 2011

All English language courses have been accredited and are regularly inspected by the British Council.

In-sessional EAP Course Details

Course Dates

Three-hour (Term 1) and two-hour classes (Term 2) held once a week over 17 weeks in Terms 1 and 2 (a total of 42 hours) as follows:

Term 1: 8 classes, from week beginning 13 October 2014 to week ending 12 December 2014

Term 2: 9 classes, from week beginning 12 January 2015 to week ending 20 March 2015

Please note that In-sessional EAP will not have classes during UCL Reading Weeks.


£450 for the whole 17-week course

Class Days and Times

** Class times will be agreed at a timetabling session with In-sessional students on Wednesday 8 October 2-4pm **

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.

Course Aims

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

Taught Content

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.

Course Outline

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:


paragraph structure

identifying the organization of a text

identifying sequencing markers

identifying a writer’s point of view


paragraph structure

introductions and conclusions

types of essay and organization:

  • cause and effect
  • compare and contrast
  • problem /solution
  • argument

cohesion; linking devices

academic conventions; referencing style(s)

plagiarism (how to avoid it)

summary writing

academic style and register

research essay writing

common errors (editing)


for structure and main ideas

for specific information

note-taking skills


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

Course Assessments

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:

Term 1

• Speaking: introducing and leading a short seminar (with the class)

Term 2

• Writing: research project (1500 words); final submission deadline 6 March 2015

• Listening: short lecture and comprehension questions

• Speaking: prepared presentation and discussion (in class)

• Reading and writing examination: Friday 20 March 2015, 14:15-16.30

Conditional Students

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.

Departmental Coursework

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.

Administrative support

If you have any administrative enquiries, please contact the EAP Office in Room 121, 26 Bedford Way at CLIE. Email: pteap@ucl.ac.uk Tel: 020 7679 8665

Academic support

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: daphne.thomas@ucl.ac.uk

Self-study Suggestions

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

Reading Practice:

We recommend you buy your own copy and work through:

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

Writing Skills:

• 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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