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English for academic purposes: Writing and Presenting

The 'English for Academic Purposes' courses are not offered for the time being, pending further developments.

Target group
Start level
Start courses
September, February
Language of instruction

Online course

This is an online course. To be able to participate in this course, you are advised to use a headset with microphone. The following requirements also apply:

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Course description

During the first 6 tutorials of this course students will be introduced to academic writing. They will learn to use the correct grammar and style in their texts. In addition, they will learn how to use dictionaries and thesauruses with the help of an electronic Toolbox in Blackboard. They will learn to structure their thoughts in paragraph formatting. They will also learn to write introduction, discussion and conclusion sections of academic essays. They will learn to express themselves in a cohesive, coherent and logical way. Students will be made familiar with collocation, punctuation and word formation. They will be made aware of the dangers of plagiarism. At the end of the course students will have written an essay in their own field of study. This essay will be the basis for a presentation they will deliver during the second part of the course.

During the remainging 6 sessions students are introduced to academic presenting in English. They will study and train various aspects of giving academic presentations. They will learn to structure and signpost their presentations and will train to deal with questions. They will learn all the strategies needed to enhance their fluency and confidence in presenting in English. Furthermore, some specific difficulties in pronunciation will be dealt with.

Students should be aware that at least 2 to 3 hours per week should be spent on assignments.

Course material

  • Swales, J.M., en C.B. Feak, Academic writing for graduate students: Essential Tasks and Skills (third edition), University of Michigan Press.

The course material is not included in the registration fee. Course participants are required to purchase course materials themselves.

Target group and admission requirements

This course is aimed at students who wish to improve their academic skills in English, starting from level B2.  

Students are required to take an entrance test to see if their knowledge is sufficient. You can simply complete the online placement test at home. When you are in doubt, contact us: 071 - 5272332 / talencentrum@hum.leidenuniv.nl

Other information

  • The maximum number of participants for this course is 16.
  • The holiday periods can be found in the Academic Language Centre's academic calendar.
  • If classes are cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances, they will be added at the end of the courses. Please take into account that courses may end later than scheduled.
  • The course level is indicated with the help of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
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