This is an academic English course for Russian and international preparing for university study in the UK and other English speaking countries.
If you are planning to go to university in the UK or another English speaking country, the required IELTS level is a start but this is not enough to be able to excel in your degree. You will benefit from studying academic English and developing your study skills so that you will be successful in your university program from day 1.
This course is recognized as being excellent preparation for both undergraduate and postgraduate degree level study by leading UK universities It focuses on the key skills that students need at university such as doing research, making group presentations, writing extended essays and critical analysis.
The English for University Course has an assessed project based approach (See below). On this course, you will develop your Academic English knowledge as well as general language skills. Key areas include:
On this course, you will have opportunities to focus on the following general language areas:
On the English for University Course you will work towards completing an essay individually and a presentation as part of a team.
For the essay you will be given a title and helped by your trainer to start your research. You will be expected to complete a draft essay, which your trainer will give you extensive feedback on. You will then use this feedback to produce your final essay by the end of the course. This essay will be assessed and you will be given a final grade.
Example of essay and presentation topics
Essay assessment forms
For your presentation, you will work with a colleague to research and prepare a final 10 minutes presentation on a topic given to you by your trainer. This presentation will be assessed and you will receive written feedback with your final report
Presentation assessment form
Final report form
What you can expect to achieve from your course
This course will give you the practical English language skills you need for academic study.
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