English Academic Communication Summer Crash Course
If you are entering university or currently in or preparing for English-taught education, you may want to quickly take your academic English skills to the next level. This two-week intensive course gives you the fast-paced, intensive boost you need to write and speak in English in an academic context.
During this two-week intensive course, you will be prepared for productive academic use of English (writing and speaking). Attention will be paid to grammatical accuracy and complexity, use of academic vocabulary, and writing and speaking style. The writing part also deals with the construction of paragraphs, different text structures (with a focus on argumentative writing), referencing of sources, and argumentation. You will write an individual argumentative paper on an academic topic of your choice.
You will improve your speaking skills by means of discussions, debates, and other assignments. You will also practice pronunciation and how to deliver short presentations.
There are two sessions each day: one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Between the two sessions, time is reserved for independent study during which you are required to work on assignments, your final paper, and language areas in which you feel you need more practice. This is an intensive course for which you should reserve 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 feedback, have writing workshops, and so on.
Students currently enrolled in an English-taught Bachelor’s program or students preparing to start studying at university.
At the end of this course, you will be able to:
- write an argumentative text using an academic register, the appropriate conventions for integrating sources;
- structure an argumentative text clearly and logically, construct well-written paragraphs, and use transitions to signal this structure;
- use B2 and C1 grammar patterns and have broadened your advanced and academic vocabulary range both in writing and speaking;
- speak more fluently in a number of contexts, including discussions and (short) presentations;
- better employ pronunciation elements such as improved production of English sounds, word and sentence stress.
Assessment of the course learning objectives are as follows:
- Argumentative essay (approx. 1500 words)
- Speaking exam
Are you having doubts about whether this course is appropriate for you?
This course is for students with a level of at least B2 and a maximum of low C1. Before signing up, please do the SELA if you are a Tilburg University student already (click to enroll). If you are not a Tilburg University student, you can take one of the two tests (preferably the 50-minute one) at https://www.efset.org/. If you score below 70% on this online test, this course is not appropriate for you.
- 80% attendance required.
- Entry level of at least B2 according to the Common European Framework (CEFR).
- Target exit level of C1-minus.
- ECTS: 4
- Course coordinator: L. (Linda) Mous MA
- Lessons every morning (10:00-11:45) and afternoon (13:45-15:30) with private-study time and time to work on assignments in between.
- This course is taught on campus. Lectures are not recorded for later viewing.
- No scholarships are available.
- International students wishing to participate in this course need to be able to stay in the Netherlands visa-free or already have a visa for studying in the Netherlands. The Language Center cannot mediate in obtaining a (student) visa.
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You can register via the digital form which you can find at the end of this webpage.
Registration and deregistration is possible until May 31, 2022.
Tilburg University Language Center reserves the right to cancel courses in the event of an insufficient number of participants. In the event that the number of registrations exceeds the number of available places, a waiting list will be used.
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This course is intended for
- students currently enrolled in an English-taught Bachelor’s program or students preparing to start studying at university.
- everyone who is highly educated. This means that you have a diploma at HAVO or VWO level and are therefore eligible for Higher Education in the Netherlands.
In our conditions, you can find more information about the registration period etc.