EAP for the School of Communication Design PG

Course Description

This course is designed to develop your written English skills. It focusses on the specific academic vocabulary, style and structures 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 individual advice on pieces of work.

Timetable & Tutorials

Check back in September for details of classes.

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"The tutors are so nice and friendly, it’s a wonderful way to improve your English. The lessons are enjoyable and you can focus on essays, presentations or whatever you need. You will see the benefit – I can really see the difference in my English."  MA Creative Advertising student




Pop into the Languages Office in Tremough House, Penryn 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 in relation to your first Visual Communication essay.

Session 2

Academic style: Film and Advertising (David Lynch)

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: Journal for London Week

This session looks at the writing styles for a range of text types focusing particularly on possible structures and styles for the reflective writing task for London Week.

Session 4

Writing in clear paragraphs: 3 Step Analysis & The British

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 cultural background that will help with your 3 Step Analysis task.

Session 5

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 6

Making your writing flow 1-3: Semiotics

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

Session 1: cohesion and reference devices

Session 7

Making your writing flow 2

Balance and keeping a consistent style

Session 8

Making your writing flow 3: David Ogilvy

Linking words and expressions

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

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 11

Presentations and Vocabulary Development

Confidence in delivering presentations and making pitches is an important part of the course. This session will help develop these skills. It will also look at ways to expand your vocabulary in specific contexts .