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English for Academic Purposes Summer Course

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Entering an English-language Bachelor's or Master's program and do you want to quickly take your academic English skills 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

  • Content:
    Productive skills to study (a Bachelor’s or Master’s program) in English: writing and speaking. 
  • Level after finishing the course:
  • Entry requirements:
    Entry level: CEFR-level B2 or higher. If you’re not sure you meet this requirement, please contact the Language Center at
  • Taught by:
    Mrs. Desiree Breedt
  • Course period:
    23 July – 10 August 2018 (3 weeks)
  • ECTS:
    6 ECTS
  • Maximum number of participants:
  • Course fee:
    • Tilburg University students: €612 or 9 Language Vouchers; each voucher is worth €68. If you have fewer than 9 vouchers you can purchase the remaining vouchers.
    • Tilburg University alumni & employees: €630
    • External students: €720 (no scholarships are available)
    • An additional organization fee of €70 will be charged to facilitate the organization of the Tilburg University Summer School.

Course aims

On successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • write a well-structured, coherent and cohesive argumentative text;
  • assess and critically evaluate academic sources;
  • recognize and avoid plagiarism by paraphrasing and using appropriate referencing rules;
  • use a wide range of academic vocabulary, and appropriate academic register;
  • present your opinions in a well-structured oral presentation with appropriate presentation techniques and visual aids in an academic setting;
  • use a variety of simple, compound and complex sentences at C1 level;
  • use accurate grammatical structures at C1 level.

Course information

This three-week intensive course English for Academic Purposes is designed especially for students starting an English-taught program or students who want to prepare for their Bachelor’s or Master’s thesis.

The focus of English for Academic Purposes is on the productive skills: writing and speaking

The focus in the first two weeks is on:

  • writing argumentative texts;
  • issues such as text structure and incorporating sources;
  • improving the readability of your writing;
  • grammar at C1 level;
  • academic vocabulary and style.

In week 3, the Presentation Skills section of the course, you will work on presenting academic information at C1 level.

Personal Study Plan

To adapt the course to your personal needs, you create a Personal Study Plan around your individual goals for this course.

By means of assignments, analyses and (peer and teacher) feedback, you determine your own learning goals and find activities to help you achieve these.

This is an intensive

You will have 2 lessons per day: one in the morning and one in the afternoon. The hours in-between are reserved for homework assignments, writing and working on your Personal Study Plan.

On Wednesday afternoons there are no classes, but a social activity.

Assessment of the course learning objectives are as follows:

  • Argumentative essay: 40% of the final grade
  • Academic oral presentation: 30% of the final grade
  • Language exam: 20% of the final grade
  • Portfolio: 10% of the final grade

Entry requirements:

Entry level: CEFR-level B2 or higher. If you’re not sure you meet this requirement, please contact the Language Center at

Course materials and specifics

Course materials

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

Course specifics

  • Classes run from Mondays through Fridays, with sessions scheduled in the mornings from 9:30 to 11:30 and in the afternoons from 14:15 to 16:15. It should be noted that the period between class sessions is reserved for independent study and preparation. On Wednesdays, the afternoon sessions consist of special activities instead of classroom instruction.
  • There is an 80% attendance requirement (including the Wednesday activities). Missing more than 20% of the lessons means you will not be able to pass the course.
  • The only required reading is a reader (made available on Blackboard). We suggest you have a good (online) English-English dictionary. It is also useful to have a binder with dividers for the separate handouts you will receive and your personal study plan.
  • Exams are on Wednesday, August 8th in the morning (grammar/language use) and on Friday, August 10th throughout the day (presentations).
  • Entry level of at least B2 according to the Common European Framework (CEFR).
    Target exit level C1 of the CEFR.
  • Learning a language takes time. This is a fairly intensive course, so you should count on a substantial workload every week. Keep in mind that some students require more and others less time to process language.
  • In the event of an insufficient number of participants, the Language Center reserves the right to cancel the course.

    Application and registration

    Student must have at least a B2 level of English according to the Common European Framework.

    Your registration for Tilburg University Summer School must be completed by May 31st, 2018. Tilburg University Summer School reserves the right to cancel the course in case there are not enough applicants. If the maximum number of students is reached, a waiting list will be used.


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