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English for Academic Purposes Summer Course

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Are you entering an English-language Bachelor or Master program and want to quickly take your academic English skills up to C1 level? This three-week intensive course gives you the fast-paced, intensive boost you need to write and present in English at an academic level. 

Course Information

This course in short

  • Course period:
    8 – 26 July 2019
  • ECTS:
  • Max participants:
    40 participants
  • Course leader:
    L. (Linda) Mous MA
  • Target group:
    Students preparing for a study program in English or writing a Bachelor’s or Master’s thesis in English.
  • Schedule:
    Full-time. 40 hours per week over three weeks: one class (2 hours) each morning and one class (2 hours) each afternoon.
  • Course fee:
    € 612 Tilburg University students, €630 Tilburg University alumni & employees, € 720 external students. Tilburg University students have the possibility to pay with language vouchers.

Course Aims

Upon successful completion of this course, you will have:

  • Increased confidence in presenting and speaking in English.
  • Improved academic writing skills, including grammar and style.
  • Increased knowledge and active use of academic vocabulary.

The target level of this course is B2+ for the lower group or C1 for the higher group.

Course Information

During this three-week intensive course, you will be prepared for academic use of English (listening, reading, and most notably writing and speaking). Attention will be paid to grammatical accuracy and complexity. The writing part also deals with the construction of paragraphs, different text structures, proper referencing of sources, and argumentation. You have to write an individual paper (or research report) on a topic of your choice.

You will improve your speaking skills by means of discussions, debates and other assignments. You will also practice how to deliver an oral presentation including rhetorical devices, pronunciation, presentation techniques, and language practice.

Between the two lectures, time is reserved for independent study during which you are required to work on homework assignments and language areas in which you feel you need more practice. This is an intensive course for which you should reserve at least 40 hours per week.

Lessons are taught in the Language Center classrooms in interactive sessions. There will of course be some instruction by your teacher, but you will also discuss topics, do assignments or other activities in class, give and receive peer-to-peer feedback, have writing workshops, and so on. Each Wednesday, we have a special activity (compulsory).

Assessment of the course learning objectives are as follows:

  • Argumentative essay or research report (approx. 1500 words)
  • Academic oral presentation
  • Language exam (grammar, vocab, style)

Entry requirements:

This course is for students with a level of B2- or higher. During the first lesson, a placement test will be done to determine your starting level. Based on this test, you will be divided into 2 groups at different levels. Before signing up, please do the SELA (Blackboard test). If you do not have Blackboard because you are not a Tilburg University student, you can take one of the two tests at If you score below 55% on this online test, this course is not appropriate for you.

Course Materials

Course materials

  • Reader on Blackboard provided by the University
  • A collection of electronic sources and tools provided by the University

Course Specifics

    • 80% attendance required in order to take the final exam.
    • Entry level of at least B2- according to the Common European Framework (CEFR).
    • Target exit level B2+ for the lower group or C1 for the higher group.
    • Lessons every morning and afternoon with private-study time and time to work on assignments in between. Wednesday afternoons are reserved for (compulsory) cultural activities.

    Application and Registration

    Tilburg University Summer School reserves the right to cancel the course in case of an insufficient number of applications. When the maximum number of participants has been reached, you will be placed on a waiting list.


    • € 612 or 9 Language Vouchers for Tilburg University students; each voucher is worth € 68. If you have fewer than 9 vouchers you can purchase the remaining vouchers;
    • € 630 for Tilburg University employees and alumni;
    • € 720 for external participants (including prospective students);
    • No scholarships are available.


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