Academic English for the School of Communication Design under-graduate courses

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.

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Indicative Course Outline

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 essays: vocabulary, grammar and style. We will also look at the different styles required for your other written assignments.

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.

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

Making your writing flow 1-3

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

Session 1: cohesion and reference devices

Session 6

Making your writing flow 2

Balance and keeping a consistent style

Session 7

Making your writing flow 3

Linking vocabulary

Session 8

Paraphrasing and Summarising.

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 9

Putting it all together

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

Essay: History and Theories ‘The Canon of Graphic Design’

Session 10

Grammar Review

In the last session of the term we will focus on useful language areas that have arisen during the course.