Academic English for Mining and Geology post-graduate courses

Course Description

This course is designed to develop your written English skills. It focuses on the specific academic vocabulary, style and structure that you need for your written assessments. There will also be a session aimed at developing your presentation skills. 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 individual advice on pieces of work.

Timetable & Tutorials

Check back in September for details of classes.

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“The tutor’s sympathetic suggestions regarding academic writing style really helped me develop my writing skills and improve my assignments both for 1st and 2nd semester. I’m really grateful for the classes.” (Mining Engineering MEng)                                                                 


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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

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

Health and Safety Assignment; Language Review:

This session focuses on the language areas crucial for your reports: Passives; Past modals; Hedging.

Session 6


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

Session 7

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 8

Making your writing flow 2

Session 2: Balance and keeping a consistent style

Session 9

Making your writing flow 3

Session 3: Linking words; Lexical ties

Session 10

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 11

Putting it all together

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

Session 12


The structure, language and delivery of presentations.