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Academic English


Admission requirements

Admission to this course is restricted to second-year students in the BA programme in Philosophy (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

Deze cursus heeft tot doel de vaardigheid van de student te vergroten om in het Engels met vakgenoten zowel schriftelijk en als mondeling te communiceren over aangelegenheden van filosofische aard. Deze vaardigheid wordt geoefend in een filosofische conferentie setting.

Een student die de cursus succesvol heeft afgerond is in staat om:

  • een klein Engelstalig paper te schrijven over een filosofisch onderwerp dat voor wat het Engels betreft voldoet aan de eis dat het in grammaticaal en ideomatisch opzicht van dien aard is dat het door een professionele vertaler/corrector zonder al te grote aanpassingen in publicabel Engels kan worden omgezet;

  • voor wat het Engels betreft, met vakgenoten mondeling adequaat in het Engels over filosofische kwesties te discussiëren;

  • in het Engels een korte presentatie over een filosofisch onderwerp te geven.


See Collegeroosters Wijsbegeerte 2014-2015, BA Wijsbegeerte (BA Plus-traject or Standaardtraject), tweede jaar.

Mode of instruction

  • Lectures and seminars

Attendance is required.

Course load

Total course load: 140 hours (5 EC)
Attending lectures and seminars: (2 hours per week x 14) 28 hours
Time for studying the compulsory literature: (3 hours per week x 14) 42 hours
Time to write a paper, including reading/research: (5 hours per week x 7) 35 hours
Time for preparing for final presentation: (5 hours per week x 7) 35 hours

Assessment method

  • Written paper (50%)

  • Presentation (50%)

One resit will be offered, covering the writing of the paper. Any student who did not take the first examination cannot take the resit.


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

Students are strongly advised to register in uSis through the activity number which can be found in the collegerooster in the column under the heading “Act.nbr.”.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable.


Mw. E.J. van Hulst