This is a free English for Academic Purposes (EAP) course for any students in the School of Architecture and Design whose first language is not English. We will focus on the language skills and subject specific vocabulary you need for your assignments. As part of the course students may also book tutorials to discuss pieces of work.
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Indicative course content
The language of your course - key vocabulary and expressions that you'll find useful for talking about your practice and working with your lecturers and classmates.
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.
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.
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 using cohesive devices and linking expressions.
Less is More - Tips on how to avoid unnecessary vocabulary, expressions and repetition.