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English Language and Study Skills for Chinese Students (registration closed)

TUSS - Intro 2

Are you a Chinese student just entering your university program, or in your 1st or 2nd year of undergraduate (BA/BS) studies? Do you want to bring your level of English to B2 or C1 proficiency level in three short weeks? This is the course for you! 

Course information

This course in short

  • Content:
    Structural aspects of writing and speaking for academic and professional audiences, as well as the language-technical aspects.
  • Level after finishing the course:
    B2 or C1
  • Entry requirements:
    Chinese students who are at entry level, or in their 1st or 2nd year (bachelor) at a Dutch university.
  • Taught by:
    Dr. M. Vitullo / Dr. S. Peraino
  • Course period:
    23 July – 10 August 2018 (3 weeks). Classes every morning and afternoon, 5 days a week
  • 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 an essay at a university level that meets the demands of academic communication as is required in an English-language instruction program at a Dutch university;
  • Give a presentation on an academic/professional topic that meets the demands of university level communication in an English-language instruction program at a Dutch university;
  • Function successfully in an academic learning environment at the B2+ / C1 English proficiency level. This includes such skills as:
    • class interaction (asking and answering questions, participating in in-class group activities);
    • the ability to properly summarize and paraphrase from written materials; and
    • effective note- taking.

Course information

In this course:

You are taught both the structural aspects of writing and speaking for academic and professional audiences, as well as the language-technical aspects.

A considerable emphasis is placed on familiarizing students with the specifics of academic communication in English at the university level, both at the language use and at the text organizational level.

  • You are given instruction on, and exercises in:
    • essay and presentation composition
    • advanced grammar, vocabulary development, and pronunciation.
  • Particular attention is given to those elements of both structure and language to meet the specific needs of Chinese students;
  • With respect to presentation skills, you will be given instruction in presentation delivery and audience management, as well as the specific demands of presentation as compared to writing;
  • You are provided instruction in the formal aspects of academic communication:
    • referencing;
    • the use of resources;
    • the boundaries of usage (what constitutes proper usage as opposed to improper usage).

Course materials and specifics

Course materials

  • Tilburg University Language Center English Toolbox (provided by the university on Blackboard)
  • A Reader on the Conventions of Argumentation and Academic Writing (provided by the university on Blackboard)
  • A Reader on Oral Presentations (provided by the university on Blackboard)

Course specifics

  • The attendance requirement for the course is 80% of the classes taught.
  • The assumed entry level for the course is B2 (CEFR).
  • The assumed level of education for the course is pre-university education as required to gain entrance to a Dutch university.
  • This course is specifically aimed at prospective University students, who are Chinese, who wish to attend an English-language instruction program at a Dutch university. Particular focus is given to those topics that specifically meet the needs of Chinese learners of English, especially with respect to the acquisition of advanced-level skills.
  • The final grade for this course is determined by your submission of a final paper (2000 word argumentative essay), your final presentation (argumentative or persuasive – 10 minutes in length + question-and-answer session) and a final written examination on language use and academic communications conventions.
  • The target level of the course, upon completion, is level B2+ / C1.

    Application and registration

    Students 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.


    For more information about Tilburg University Summer School (TUSS), please send an e-mail to

    Registration for this course is closed. You may also be interested in our course: English for Academic Purposes

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