This is a free course for Biosciences and Geography 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 assignments. As part of the course, students may also book tutorials for advice on individual pieces of work.
Timetable & Tutorials
Classes are on Wednesdays 1:00-2:30 in the Languages/ASK Office, Tremough House. Register
'The tutor always picked topics that were relevant to our studies.' Conservation Biology and Ecology 1st Year student
Pop into the Languages Office in Tremough House, Penryn Campus
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 working with your lecturers and classmates.
How many Englishes are there? Analysis of the language, expressions and style of different genres of writing, and how to develop appropriate scientific vocabulary and expression.
Why is it sometimes so difficult to understand native speakers? This session introduces some of the features of connected speech and pronunciation, and explains how native speakers drop, squash and change the sounds of words.
Poster Presentations: Less is More - Tips on how to avoid unnecessary vocabulary, expressions and repetition.
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 lab reports - tips on structure and style, and using the correct vocabu8lary for lab equipment.
Writing in your own words - Strategies for paraphrasing and summarising effectively. How to identify key themes and ideas in texts and express them in your own words.
What is an essay? This session looks at how to organise and present your ideas effectively as an essay, and presents useful expressions for writing introductions and conclusions.
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.