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Academic English

Vak
2012-2013

Admission requirements

This course is only available for students in the BA International Studies.

Description

Academic English for International Studies: Presenting
During this course students are introduced to academic presenting in English. They will study and train various aspects of giving academic presentations. They will learn to structure and signpost their presentations and will train to deal with questions. They will learn and practise all the strategies needed to enhance their fluency and confidence in presenting in English. After one introductory lecture on academic presenting, they will practice their skills in during 4 tutorials. The skills they practise will be used to deliver presentations during other courses in the study programme.

Academic English for International Studies: Writing
During this course students will learn to write specific academic texts with the help of their peers. The course will incorporate 4 lectures and 7 tutorials. Students will learn to use the correct reference, grammar and style to fulfil the demands and requirements of the Global Challenges course. They will learn how to use dictionaries and thesauruses with the help of an electronic toolbox in blackboard. Students will be able to use correct collocations, punctuation and word formations. They will learn to structure their thoughts in paragraph formatting. They will also learn to write introductions, discussions and conclusions of academic essays. They will learn to express themselves in a cohesive, coherent and logical way in order to signpost their audience. Students will also learn to write abstracts from their academic papers. They will be made aware of the dangers of plagiarism and will do some thorough training to avoid this issue.

Course objectives

Academic English for International Studies: Presenting
Students who successfully complete this course will:

  • be confident in speaking in English;

  • be able to keep their audience interested in their academic message;

  • be able to use correct visual aids for their presentations;

  • be able to give peer feedback.

  • be able to use the appropriate style and language for the delivery of academic presentations.

Academic English for International Studies: Writing
Students who successfully complete this course will:

  • be able to structure and write an academic essay;

  • be able to use the correct register and style for academic essays;

  • be able to use M.L.A. and/or A.P.A. referencing and footnotes correctly;

  • be able to give peer feedback.

Timetable

The timetable is available on the BA International Studies website.

Mode of instruction

Academic English for International Studies: Presenting
One Lecture, four seminars

Academic English for International Studies: Writing
Lectures and seminars

Assessment method

Academic English for International Studies: Presenting
Assessment will take place via a number of in-class exercises during the tutorial sessions. attendance also counts towards the final grade.

Academic English for International Studies: Writing

  • Tutorials will form the main body of this course.

  • Students will prepare for these tutorials by writing and rewriting drafts their essay for peer reviewing.

  • In class, students will be working together on several grammatical issues as well as on issues concerning register, collocations, numbers, graphs, statistics and captions.

  • A blackboard site will support the course, hosting a toolbox, course outline, assignments and assessment.

  • At the end of the course students will hand in a final version of their essay which will be graded.

Blackboard

Blackboard will be used. Students are requested to register on Blackboard for this course.

Reading list

Academic English for International Studies: Presenting

  • Van der Laaken, M., & Van der Laaken, B., Presentation Techniques. Bussum: Coutinho Uitgeverij 2007. ISBN: 978 90 469 0047 5

Academic English for International Studies: Writing
Students will be asked to purchase the following textbook:

  • Loon, J. van et all, (2011). Academic writing in English: a process-based approach. Bussum, Uitgeverij Coutinho.

  • Additional resources will be published on Blackboard.

Recommended materials:

  • A. Hogue, The Essentials of English: A Writer’s Handbook, Longman, 2003;

  • Charles Lipson, Cite Right: A Quick Guide to Citation Styles, Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Registration

The student administration will register all first year students for the first semester courses in uSis, the registration system of Leiden University. General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable

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