Academic English for MA Courses

Course Description

This course is for MA Illustration, Communication Design and Creative Advertising students. It is primarily designed to develop your written English skills. It focuses on the specific academic vocabulary, style and structures that you need for your written assignments. Presentations are also part of your course assessment so some sessions will be provided to help you develop the skills required for this. As part of the course, you may also book tutorials for individual advice on pieces of work.

Timetable & Tutorials

Check back in September for details of classes.

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“I need to say ‘Thank you’ to my tutor for the support and kindness.The EAP team all are such wonderful teachers for us, not only teaching English language,but also giving us confidence in living, communicating, understanding British culture, and so on.” MA Illustration: Authorial Practice student


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



Session 1


What is Academic English? How is it different to everyday spoken and written language? This session will introduce the important differences between general and academic writing, looking at organisation and academic vocabulary and style.

Session 2

Academic style:

Here we will look in more detail at the features of academic English used in your assignments: vocabulary, grammar and style.

Session 3

Reflective Writing: Research Journal

This session looks at the writing styles for a range of text types focusing particularly on possible structures and styles for the Research Journal.

Session 3

Organising writing in clear paragraphs

This session will help to develop and structure your paragraphs so you make your ideas clear to the reader.

Session 4

Introductions and conclusions

A clear and effective opening to your writing and a well-organised conclusion are vital to your assignments.  This session will look at useful ways of structuring them.

Session 5

Making your writing flow 1-3

These 3 sessions will look at different techniques of joining your ideas together to make them flow.

Session 1: cohesion and reference devices

Session 6

Making your writing flow 2

Balance and keeping a consistent style

Session 7

Making your writing flow 3

Linking words and expressions

Session 8

Paraphrasing and referencing

This session looks at useful ways of referring to texts. We will focus on academic reporting verbs (suggest, conclude, highlight) and consider ways to avoid plagiarism.

Session 9

Putting it all together

In this session we will look at the structure of your first essay and look at ways of checking your work for mistakes.

Session 10

Vocabulary Development

It will look at ways to expand your vocabulary in specific contexts related to your particular area of research.