EAP for Humanities and Social Sciences

Course description

This is a free course for Humanities and Social Sciences 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.

Timetable & Tutorials

Check back in September for details of classes.

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'The tutor organised the topics of the classes around our coursework so that we could not only improve in academic English but in our essays as well'. Politics 1st Year student



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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. 

Speaking in Public - strategies for giving presentations, with a focus on pronunciation and fluency.

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. 

How many Englishes are there? - Analysis of the language, expressions and style of different genres of writing, and tips on how to develop appropriate vocabulary and expression.

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.

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 highlights 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.

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