Academic Writing & Presenting in English


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 which will enable trainers to learn about the participants’ backgrounds
  2. a recommended reading list to prepare participants for various aspects of the course
  3. information about York to prepare participants for their cultural experience.

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 their 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 as well as ability to teach writing skills
  • have further developed participants’ own general language skills and increase oral fluency
  • have experienced the cultural heritage of York with its rich historical linguistic environment

The course ends with an evaluation session, where participants are asked to reflect upon the value of the knowledge gained on the course and create a Personal Development Action Plan. They are invited to join the York Associates Community, which allows networking and contact with the trainers and fellow colleagues, and with participants from other courses.
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.

In the unlikely event of a course not recruiting sufficient numbers you would be offered an alternative.

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Fast Facts

Start date(s)
  • August 23rd 2021
  • August 30th 2021
Max. group size
Min. age
Minimum CEF level
Starting from B1
Course materials
Is Erasmus+ funding available?
In York Course Formats
25 hours
Online Course Formats
Individual (from 15 hours)
From £790
Small Closed Group (from 15 hours)
From £295
Large Closed Group (from 15 hours)
From £215
Booking fee


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Sample Course Programme

 Session OneSession TwoSession ThreeSession Four
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)
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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