Academic English for Mining, Geology and Energy Engineering undergraduate courses

Course description

This is a free  course for any UG Mining, Geology or Engineering students on the Penryn campus whose first language is not English. It aims to develop your written English skills, and focusses on the subject specific vocabulary, style and structure that you need for your written assignments. The exact content changes depending on who enrols, but below is an indicative course outline. As part of the course students may also book tutorials for advice on individual pieces of work.


Check back in September for details of classes.

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"In the tutorial the tutor highlighted all the issues, we discussed them in the meeting - it was an excellent way to learn from the mistakes.He also created a vocabulary list for tidal energy which was really useful for my dissertation." (3rd year Renewable Energy)


Pop into the Languages Office in Tremough House, Penryn Campus

Indicative course content

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 reports: vocabulary, grammar and style.

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. We will also look at some useful adjective-noun collocations.

Session 4

Year 1 Assignment: Levelling Report

The structure of a report; writing an introduction; methodology –review of the passive; results –cautious language.

Session 5


One-to-one tutorial for individual feedback on your first assignment.

Session 6

Making your writing flow 1-3

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

Session 1: cohesion and reference devices

Session 7

Making your writing flow 2

Session 2: Balance and keeping a consistent style

Session 8

Making your writing flow 3

Session 3: Linking words; Lexical ties

Session 9

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 10

Diagrams and Statistics

How to refer to diagrams and the grammar, vocabulary and prepositions for statistics and numerical data.

Session 11

Putting it all together

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

Session 12


The structure, language and delivery of presentations.