Academic English for the School of Film and TV

Course Description

This is a free course for any students in the School of Film and Television whose first language is not English. It aims to develop your English language skills, and focusses on the subject specific vocabulary, style and structure that you need for your  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.

Timetables & Tutorials

Check back in September for details of classes.

Book a tutorial    Class materials


“I want to thank the tutors very much for their help, patience, kindliness! They helped me so much by building my confidence in my writing and improving my English skills. I am so grateful!”  (2nd Year BA Film) 


Pop into the Languages Office in Tremough House, Penryn Campus.



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.


Academic style: Robert Altman ‘The Player’

Here we will look in more detail at the features of academic English used in your assignments: vocabulary, grammar and style. We will also redraft a piece of your writing to give a more professional impression.


Organising writing in clear paragraphs: Eisenstein and Editing

This session will help to develop and structure your paragraphs so you make your ideas clear to the reader.


Introductions and conclusions : ‘Citizen Kane’

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.


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


Making your writing flow 2 : ‘Thelma and Louise’

Balance and keeping a consistent style


Making your writing flow 3

Linking words and expressions


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.

Learning Activity


Putting it all together

In this session we will look at the structure of your 2,500 word critical essay (FILM 130: Theory, Criticism, Analysis) and look at ways of checking your work for mistakes.


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 in preparation for more journalistic writing in Semester 2.

Vocabulary Activity