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Academic English


Admission requirements

Admission to this course is restricted to second-year students in the BA programme in Philosophy (both BA Plus-traject and standaardtraject).


This course teaches the students how to present their research in English. During the first half of the course the students are introduced to the writing of an academic paper in good English with attention to such topics as clarity, coherence, cohesion, and information structure. At the end of the first part of the course the students write a short article. However, scientists do not only publish their work in books and journals: they also share the results of their research at international conferences. An academic article will often be the starting-point for such a conference presentation, but it needs to be adapted, because spoken words are governed by different rules than written texts. In the second half of the course presentation techniques are discussed. The last tutorial will be a mini conference at which participants present the articles they have written.

Course objectives

Course objectives will be made available on Blackboard at the start of the course.


See Collegeroosters Wijsbegeerte 2013-2014, BA Wijsbegeerte (BA Plus-traject of Standaardtraject), 2e jaar

Teaching method

Lectures and seminars

Assessment method

  • Written paper (50%)

  • Presentation (50%)


Blackboard will be used for uploading information about the course, course materials, and papers.

Reading list

  • A. Osmond, Academic Writing and Grammar for Students (London 2013). ISBN 978-1-4462-1091-8 (ook verkrijgbaar als E-book: ISBN: 9781446281727).


Please register for this course on uSis.
See Inschrijven voor cursussen en tentamens

Contact information

Mw. E.J. van Hulst