Academic English

This course is for any Falmouth University or University of Exeter students for whom English is a second language, and in particular exchange students in the second year. The course looks at Academic English across disciplines and helps students prepare for assignments. As part of the course, students may also book tutorials for advice about pieces of work.

Timetables & tutorials

Check back in September for details of classes.

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Pop in to see us in the ASK/Languages office in The Hub on the Falmouth Campus

Indicative course content

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.

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 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. 

Different types of  academic writing This session looks at different types of assignment from essays to documentation to visual analysis. It focuses on how to organise and present your ideas effectively and highlights commonly used written expressions.

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 using cohesive devices and linking expressions.

Less is More - Tips on how to avoid unnecessary vocabulary, expressions and repetition.