Belgium, Antwerp

English for Academic Purposes: Academic Writing and Speaking

when 24 August 2015 - 1 September 2015
duration 2 weeks
credits 3 ECTS
fee EUR 635

The summer school is a combination of two modules: Academic Writing and Academic Speaking. The main objective is to improve participants’ academic English speaking and writing skills by giving them the tools to remedy their individual problems.

In the Academic Writing module, participants are taught how to write correct and transparent papers in English. Besides describing the build-up of a good paper, the course improves participants' use of English by focusing on typical grammatical problems and the use of academic vocabulary and structures. Furthermore, participants receive individual feedback on a number of written assignments, which raises their awareness of their own strengths and weaknesses.

The Academic Speaking module teaches relevant techniques, vocabulary, phrases and grammar so that participants’ English presentations will become more correct, effective and professional. Participants will learn by doing, namely by giving a number of short presentations. Individual feedback and error analyses allow participants to focus on their own particular problems. At the end of the course, the participants will feel more confident when giving presentations in English. The techniques and phrases learnt will also be useful when speaking English during oral exams or when formulating complex answers to questions raised in class, at meetings, conferences, etc.

Course leader

Zoe Teuwen

Target group

Undergraduate and postgraduate students who have completed at least two full years of higher education and have experience writing papers (in their mother tongue). Minimum level of English: B2

Fee info

EUR 635: Includes lessons and course material, coffee breaks, and farewell dinner. Does not include lunch, accommodation or social activities. Participants can have lunch at the student restaurant on campus at a reduced price; they can also participate in the general Antwerp Summer University social programme and they will receive assistance in their search for accommodation by the university’s housing office.