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English for Academic Studies

Academic English Courses for Fully Matriculated Students or Staff of Oxford University Only

Academic Writing / Communication Skills

Academic Writing

It is a three-term course, with a separate syllabus for each term. Each term there is provision for dealing with your own academic writing through workshops on self-monitoring, revising and editing. Click here to see the syllabus.

Michaelmas Term: Key Issues in Academic Writing
Hilary Term: Writing a Thesis or Dissertation
Trinity Term: Writing in Your Field with Corpora

Classes scheduled for Michaelmas Term 2015:

Key Issues in Academic Writing
Group 1: Mondays 09:00 - 11:00 Tutor: Peter Saunders
Group 2: Mondays 11:00 - 13:00 Tutor: Peter Saunders
Group 3: Tuesdays 09:00 - 11:00 Tutor: George Taylor
Group 4: Wednesdays 16:00 - 18:00 Tutor: Maggie Charles
Group 5: Thursdays 10:00 - 12:00 Tutor: Michael D'Angeli
Group 6: Thursdays 14:00 - 16:00 Tutor: Michael D'Angeli
Group 7: Fridays 09:00 - 11:00 Tutor: George Taylor
Group 8: Fridays 11:00 - 13:00 Tutor: Alex Pearce
Group 9: Fridays 13:00 - 15:00 Tutor: Alex Pearce

Registration fee (per term): £30 students, £65 staff

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Communication Skills

This course is intended to help you improve your social and academic communication within the university setting. Do you already have a reasonably good knowledge of all the major areas of grammar and a fairly wide vocabulary? If you can operate in a wide range of situations but would like to improve your accuracy and feel more confident when speaking English, this is the course for you.

In this course you can extend your vocabulary, increase your fluency in speaking, develop a more natural command of spoken English, work on improving your pronunciation and grammar, and improve your ability to listen with understanding to spoken texts. This is a one-year (three-term) course, but students can join in the first few weeks of each term.
Click here to see the syllabus.

Current classes scheduled for Michaelmas Term 2015:

Group 1: Mondays 14:00 -16:00 Tutor: Deborah Mason
Group 2: Tuesdays 11:00 - 13:00 Tutor: George Taylor
Group 3: Wednesdays 16:00 - 18:00 Tutor: Deborah Mason
Group 4: Thursdays 09:00 - 11:00 Tutor: Amanda Jeffries
Group 5: Thursdays 14:00 - 16:00 Tutor: Amanda Jeffries
Group 6: Fridays 9:00 - 11:00 Tutor: Amanda Jeffries
Group 7: Fridays 14:00 - 16:00 Tutor: George Taylor


Registration fee (per term): £30 students, £65 staff

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English for International Undergraduates

This is an seven-week course held in the Language Centre, starting in Week 2 of Michaelmas Term. It is open to undergraduate students in Maths, Chemistry, Engineering Science, Physics and Computer Science, and focuses on communication skills within both academic and social settings. While it includes a review of some aspects of English syntax in academic writing, it is predominantly geared towards students wanting to improve their verbal fluency when communicating in English.

Click here to see the syllabus.

Tuesdays 17.00-19.00 Tutor: Michael D'Angeli
Registration fee (per term): £30

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Editing your Thesis with Corpora (for DPhil Students)

Editing your Thesis with Corpora is a short (12-hour) course designed for doctoral students who are at the transfer stage and have chapters of their thesis ready for editing. In this course you will make an electronic collection of texts from research articles in your field. You will use software to compare this corpus of expert writing with the language you use in your thesis. This will help to identify problems and edit your text according to the usage in your field. This 12 hour intensive course is designed for doctoral students who have passed the transfer stage and have chapters of their thesis ready for editing. In this course you will make an electronic collection of texts from research articles in your field. You will use software to compare this corpus of expert writing with the language you use in your thesis. This will help to show you where your problems are and how to edit your text according to the usage in your field.

This course is NOT suitable for first year DPhil students, who are advised to register for the Academic Writing Course. Only students who have already written at least one substantial draft chapter will be accepted.

Click here to see the syllabus.

Dates: Wednesdays (from Week 3, Wednesday 28th October 2015) 16:00 - 18:00.

Registration should be done online by Monday 26th October 2015.

Registration fee: £30

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