This is a free course for post-graduate Biosciences students on the Penryn campus whose first language is not English. It aims to develop your written English skills, and focuses on the subject specific vocabulary, style and structure that you need for your written assignments. As part of the course, students may also book tutorials for advice on individual pieces of work.
Indicative course content
The course is subject specific and content is flexible, responding to the language needs of the students who enrol. Some of the topics we might expect to cover are:
The language of your course - key vocabulary and expressions that you'll find useful for talking about your work and communicating with your lecturers and classmates.
What is Academic English? This session focuses on developing your 'voice' in an academic context and introduces the vocabulary and style of academic writing. It looks at the differences between spoken and more formal expression, and some of the common features of academic English.
Poster Presentations - avoiding unnecessary phrases and summarising key ideas
Avoiding plagiarism - This session discusses the conventions of referencing and citation, and presents some of the commonly used vocabulary and expressions for referring to sources of information.
Writing Literature Reviews - Strategies for paraphrasing and summarising effectively. How to identify key themes and ideas in texts and express them in your own words.
Paragraphs as building blocks - Paragraphs can be likened to the building blocks of thought with each paragraph presenting and explaining a unit/point/idea. This session looks at different ways of developing and structuring ideas, and the language that helps you to do this.
Smooth writing I, II, III - These three sessions focus on the nuts and bolts of writing and how to join your ideas together.
Less is More - Tips on how to avoid unnecessary vocabulary, expressions and repetition.