Academic writing and presenting in English

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What is the course about?

This hands-on, practical one week course covers the language needed for presentations, talks and lectures, and deals with the delivery skills required in order to maximise the effectiveness of the presentations. It also introduces language for Academic Writing, focusing on vocabulary, grammar, formality, register, and style. Areas of Academic Writing tackled are Abstracts and Articles/Papers, with critical analysis of model abstracts.

Participants work up to a presentation delivery by the end of the week, with feedback on both language and performance.

Participants own writing skills are developed through feedback on their own writing, and a Language Clinic to tackle errors and develop a wider range of vocabulary and structures.

Frequently Asked Questions

This one-week group course is suitable for professors, senior lecturers, researchers and teaching staff at university level who are working on degree programmes and academic research and who are non-native speakers of English. Minimum language level for this course is B1.

After registration, participants on this course programme will receive:

  1. a pre-course questionnaire that will help your trainers find out more about your learning needs
  2. a recommended reading list to prepare yourself for various aspects of the course
  3. information about York to prepare yourself for your cultural experience
  4. information about the Europass Mobility Certificate

At the end of the course, you will:

  • Be able to deliver better presentations, with accompanying language framework
  • Have an increased awareness of ways of making presentations more effective in delivery
  • Be able to reflect on your own writing of abstracts, and analyse it with reference to models of good and bad abstracts
  • Have experienced writing practice with regard to writing academic articles, with the aim of increasing vocabulary range, structures and register and style
  • Have further developed your own general language skills and increase oral fluency

The course ends with an evaluation session, in which you will be asked to reflect upon the knowledge you have gained during the course.

You will also be encouraged in this session to create a Personal Development Action Plan, and select activities that you would like to try out in your own teaching.

You will also be invited to join the York Associates Community, which allows networking and contact with the trainers and fellow participants from the programme, as well as learners from York Associates’ other courses.

There is also the opportunity for follow-up online training sessions to further consolidate your learning and reflect on how you are implementing what you learnt on the course into your own contexts.

You will also continue to have access to York Associates’ online language learning platform once your in-person training sessions have ended.

If you are from a country outside of the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you will need a visa. Students from certain countries do not need to apply for a visa before arriving in the UK. You can check if you need to apply for a visa on the UK Visas and Immigration website.
We can recommend a few accommodation options. Find out about them on our accommodation page.
If you need to cancel or defer your course:
  • We understand that your plans may change quickly during this unprecedented time. If you need to defer your course, we will not charge any fees on tuition, as long as you notify us by 16:00hrs on the Friday before your course begins. We will defer your course and any fees paid for up to 12 months from your original start date.  If you need to cancel your course and are unable to defer to a later date, we regret we will not be able to refund your fees unless you have given us a minimum of 4 weeks’ notice of cancellation.
  • If we have arranged homestay accommodation for you, we will not charge any cancellation fees if you notify us at least 48 hours before you are due to arrive. If you notify us with less than 48 hours’ notice, you will need to pay for three nights’ accommodation
  • If we have arranged hotel or self-catering accommodation for you, the cancellation conditions will vary according to the type and location of the accommodation, and we will confirm them to you individually when we send your accommodation details
  • If you need to leave your course early for any reason, we may be able to offer the following options:
    • You may continue your course online using a combination of virtual lessons with your trainer and self-study
    • In some cases, particularly where the total course duration exceeds four weeks, we may decide to cancel your programme and refund your course fees for any unused weeks
    • In other cases, we will issue a voucher for any unused complete weeks, for you to return to York Associates at a later date
  • If you need to leave your accommodation early, we will require a minimum of 3 days’ notice. After this, all accommodation fees will be refunded to you

Do you have any more questions?

Fast Facts

Start date(s)
February 28th 2022 / August 22nd 2022 / September 5th 2022
Max. group size
6
Min. age
21
Minimum CEF level
Starting from B1
Course materials
Included
Is Erasmus+ funding available?
In York Course Formats
Price
25 hours
£595
Online Course Formats
Price
Individual (from 15 hours)
From £790
Small Closed Group (from 15 hours)
From £295
Large Closed Group (from 15 hours)
From £215
Booking fee
£55

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Please note that these trainers might not be the actual trainers delivering your course.

Sample Course Programme

 Session OneSession TwoSession ThreeSession Four
MONDAYIntroductions
Getting to Know You
ICT Tools for Language Translation
Giving Lectures
What makes a good presentation?
Introductions to Presentations
Language Frameworks (2)
Individual Presentations Practice for Review
TUESDAYLanguage Frameworks (2)
Signposting
Dealing with Questions
Language for Academic Writing (1)Preparation of content slides for presentationsIndividual Presentations Practice for Review
WEDNESDAYLanguage for Academic Writing (2)Writing an Abstract
Register, Formality etc
Critical analysis of model abstracts: Good/Bad?
Language Clinic Review: Writing & PresentationsIndividual Writing Practice for Review
THURSDAYWriting Articles
Formality, Register & Style, including the passive voice
From Written to Verbal
Differences between written language and spoken language
Language for Academic Writing (3)Individual Writing Practice for Review
FRIDAYThe use of visual aids and tablesEditing and proofreadingIndividual presentations with feedbackPersonal Development Action Plan

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