Course descriptions


'Open' academic English courses

These classes are open to students from any faculty but they take place at the PR campus. Each course focuses on a particular writing or speaking skill or aspect of language. The courses last for 9 weeks. The courses are free and voluntary but we do ask that you try to attend every week - you gain 10 points for your ‘Kingston Award’ if you attend 80% of a course. You can also add the course to your Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR). Register your interest in attending one of the Open courses.

Writing and Reading skills

Improve your Written Assignments
This course considers the different types of writing you need to do at university: essays, reports, literature reviews, reflections and more. It aims to enhance your writing skills in all areas so that you can produce the best work (and get the best marks!) you can. Develop your language for academic writing: the language of analysis, evaluation, discussion, description and reflection. Learn how to read academic articles critically and effectively. Develop your skills of using academic reading sources in your writing and learn the skills of summarising, referencing and avoiding plagiarism. Practise understanding essay titles, planning, drafting, editing and proof-reading your work. Enhance the overall style of your writing and make your writing more 'academic'. Discuss the specific types of writing you are doing for assignments on your degree programme with your teacher.

Postgraduate Students: Improve your Written Assignments
This covers all the academic writing skills you need at postgraduate level including writing reports, literature reviews, reflective writing, essays and more. It focuses on how to read and write in a critical way and develops your expertise in the key types of academic writing. Learn how to achieve an impressive academic style in your writing and discuss your specific assignment types too, and meet other Master’s students from across the university.

Enhance your Communication Skills for Employability
This course focuses on skills relevant to the world of work i.e. your employability skills (but you will also find them useful to your studies). Enhance your written and spoken communication skills: understanding job adverts and company requirements, writing cover letters and CVs, improving your accuracy and proof-reading skills, report writing skills, presentation skills, team work skills (negotiating, cross-cultural communication, problem-solving) and more.

PhD students: Develop your Writing and Speaking Skills
A class especially for PhD students and your writing and speaking needs. This is a relaxed, friendly class where you can meet PhD students from across the university. Develop your ability to talk about your thesis topic to a range of audiences, including those outside your subject area. Practise your presentation and discussion skills. Enhance your writing skills, grammar and vocabulary. Consider the purpose, structure and language required for different sections of the thesis. Participate in writing workshops, in a computer lab, where you can work on your writing and share it with others for their feedback. This class will be tailored to your needs.

Develop your English skills through Creative Writing and Literature
If you love reading and perhaps enjoy writing creatively too – blogs, a diary, poems, short stories – then this will be the perfect class for you! This class is open to students of all subject disciplines who want to improve their use of English through writing creatively and exploring English literature. Develop your language skills – reading, writing, speaking and listening – in a stimulating, creative context. We will do a short creative writing exercise each class and read and discuss an extract from a well-known novel or short story. Enhance your understanding and appreciation of the English language and culture, expand your vocabulary and develop your ability to express your opinions and feelings in a fun, motivating group of like-minded students.

Dissertation Writing for Postgraduates and Level 6 students (Teaching Block 2)

This course covers the essential writing skills you need to write an effective dissertation or project. It is not a research methods course. The focus is on understanding the purpose, structure and language required for the different sections of your final project. It covers cohesion and coherence as well as critical / analytical writing to produce an effective dissertation or project whether using a qualitative, quantitative or mixed methods approach. These classes cover the essentials of writing a research proposal too. You will have the chance to bring your writing to class, to work on it and receive feedback.

 

Grammar and Vocabulary

Develop your Grammar and Vocabulary for Writing (Intermediate or Advanced)
This course teaches you the grammar and vocabulary you need to write accurate assignments in an academic style and covers: tenses and verb patterns for assignment writing; prepositions and articles; a range of sentence structures including complex ones; use of modals; active and passive; structures for cohesion; use of noun phrases and more. Practice using more academic structures and make your writing more concise and clear. Develop your proof-reading skills and increase your language awareness so you can spot mistakes and correct your own work. Also enlarge your academic vocabulary and learn how to use academic style and register to good effect in your academic writing. Develop strategies for building your academic, subject-specific and general vocabulary: learn how to keep effective records and how to move from simply understanding new vocabulary to using it in your own writing. Look at academic and subject vocabulary in context e.g. within academic journal articles and learn more about collocations (words that commonly go together) and how to make your writing more coherent and cohesive through the use of vocabulary. All this will help you to express your ideas more clearly, precisely and in a suitable style that can enhance your writing and speaking. Practice your grammar and vocabulary for writing through short tasks relevant to your subject.

 

Speaking and Listening

Improve your Oral Assignments: Discussion and Presentation Skills

This is the perfect class to develop your spoken communication skills. Practise your speaking in a relaxed and friendly environment! Short videos and texts on interesting cultural and current topics form the basis for discussion and mini presentations. Develop your skills of argumentation and debate – useful skills for academic work. Enhance your group work communication skills. Also learn how to structure a presentation, improve your delivery, use visual aids in an effective way as well as improve your ability to facilitate discussions and to handle questions. Practise presentation and discussion skills in small groups and receive feedback.

Develop your Pronunciation and Speaking Skills

Work with a teacher and use the language lab to improve your pronunciation and the clarity, accuracy and fluency of your spoken English. Listen to / watch short clips, practise your pronunciation, receive feedback and record yourself. Work on individual sounds, word and sentence stress and intonation. Also practise your fluency and accuracy by taking part in short discussions and presentations.

 

Individual Support: Bookable one-to-one tutorials at Penrhyn Road (PR)

You can book ONE 30-minute slot only (per 2/3-hour session). Book a slot.


''In Your Faculty' academic English courses

The following courses are held in your faculty, on your campus, and are open to students of your faculty only. They cover the specific skills you need for courses in your faculty.

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)

Open courses at PR

You are welcome to attend any of the wide range of ‘open’ courses at Penrhyn Road. If your main interest is writing, attend the Improve your Written Assignments course or the Postgraduate students: Improve your Written Assignments course.

Postgraduate Music Students at Kingston Hill

This course aims to develop your writing and speaking skills for Music assignments on your programme and future careers. It will be tailored to the needs of the class.

Individual support: Bookable tutorials for students from any faculty

We also offer individual support with your language and academic skills every week in PR. Bring questions and your work-in-progress / examples of your writing.

You can book ONE 30-minute slot only (per 2/3-hour session). Book a slot.

Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture (FADA)

Academic English for FADA students

For FADA students only. Develop all the aspects of your communication skills that you need: speaking, listening, reading and writing. The course includes developing and practising the type of oral and written assignments you will be set in FADA. Develop your critical thinking and reading skills, essay and report writing skills, presentation and discussion skills, vocabulary and style, grammar and more; all in an art and design context, discussing topics of interest to art and design students. Develop your confidence to communicate well in English inside and outside the classroom! Put these skills into practice in class.

Individual support: Bookable one-to-one tutorials at Knights Park

We also offer individual support with your language and writing skills every week in Knights Park (KP). Bring questions and your work-in-progress / examples of your writing.

You can book ONE 30-minute slot only (per 2/3-hour session). Book a slot.

Faculty of Business and Law

Postgraduate Business Students - Writing Skills (Teaching Block 1)
For postgraduate business students only. Develop all aspects of the reading and writing skills you need to succeed at postgraduate level in the Business School. The course includes critical thinking and reading skills; using academic sources in your writing and avoiding plagiarism; all the types of writing you will encounter in assignments e.g. reports, essays, literature reviews, proposals, reflective writing and more. Enhance your subject-specific and academic vocabulary, grammar and academic style. Whatever your level, this class will enhance your written communication skills for business – essential for study and your future career.

Postgraduate Business Dissertation Writing Skills (Teaching Block 2)
This course covers the essential writing skills you need to write an effective Business dissertation or project. It is not a research methods course. The focus is on understanding the purpose, structure and language required for the different types of dissertations and projects on Business programmes. It covers cohesion and coherence as well as critical / analytical and reflective writing to produce an effective final project. These classes cover the essentials of writing a Research Proposal too. You will have the chance to bring your writing to class, to work on it and receive feedback.

Postgraduate Law Students - Writing Skills (Teaching Block 1)
This course is for postgraduate law students only. Develop all aspects of the reading and writing skills you need to succeed at postgraduate level in the Law School. For example, develop critical reading skills for law texts: cases, statutes, legal reports, law reviews. Enhance your lexical accuracy on the following topics: scope of law, contracts, employment, criminal, civil, international, tort, European Union. Develop your writing skills e.g. for legal problem essays and discursive essays. Learn more about writing assignments in the Law School and develop your communication skills for your future career.

Postgraduate Law Dissertation and Assignment Writing Skills (Teaching Block 2)
This course covers the essential writing skills you need to write an effective Law dissertation or project. It is not a research methods course. The focus is on understanding the purpose, structure and language required for the different types of dissertations and projects on Law programmes. It covers cohesion and coherence as well as critical / analytical and reflective writing to produce an effective final project. These classes cover the essentials of writing a Research Proposal too. It will also review essential assignment writing skills as necessary. You will have the chance to bring your writing to class, to work on it and receive feedback.

Individual support: Bookable tutorials for students from any faculty at Kingston Hill

We also offer individual support with your language and academic skills every week in PR. Bring questions and your work-in-progress / examples of your writing.

You can book ONE 30-minute slot only (per 2/3-hour session). Book a slot.


Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing (SEC)

Improve your written assignments: Postgraduate SEC students at Penrhyn Road

This course will develop the writing skills you need for your assignments at postgraduate level in SEC: how to critically review research articles, write reports and essays, use academic sources in your work, as well as improve your grammar, vocabulary and style. This course is for anyone who wants to improve their written and spoken communication skills – essential for your studies and your future career.

Improve your written assignments: Undergraduate SEC students at Penrhyn Road
This course will develop the writing skills you need for your assignments at undergraduate level: how to write reports and essays as well as improve your grammar, vocabulary and style. This course is for anyone who wants to improve their written communication skills – essential for your studies and your future career.

Dissertation Writing: SEC students at Penrhyn Road (Teaching Block 2)

This course builds on the Dissertation Writing lectures that your Faculty provides by developing the writing skills required for Research Proposals, Dissertations and Projects in SEC. This will be a writing workshop covering key areas of dissertation and proposal writing in a practical way with regular writing practice in class. You will have the chance to bring your writing to class, to work on it and receive feedback.

Individual support: Bookable tutorials for students from any faculty
We also offer individual support with your language and academic skills every week. Bring questions and your work-in-progress / examples of your writing.

You can book ONE 30-minute slot only (per 2/3-hour session). Book a slot.

Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education (HSCE)

Level 4 Social Work & WCYP; Level 5 Social Work; Master’s in Social Work, will all have their own writing courses tailored to your assignment needs.

You are welcome to attend any of the ‘open’ classes at PR.

Individual support: Bookable tutorials for students from any faculty

We also offer individual support with your language and academic skills every week. Bring questions and your work-in-progress / examples of your writing.

You can book ONE 30-minute slot only (per 2/3-hour session). Book a slot.

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