Postgraduate Academic English support

  • If you are a taught postgraduate, a research student or a visiting researcher and your first language is not English, you need to quickly develop the specific academic language knowledge and communication skills needed to perform as effectively as possible in your studies and research.

    Postgraduate Academic English Courses

    September - December 2019

     

    Monday

    Tuesday 

    Wednesday 

    Thursday 

    Friday 

    9.00am -
    12.00pm

      Writing Consultations (INT2.04)  

    U70313 Weeks 2-10 
    9.00 - 11.00am (2 hrs)
    (JHB303)

    12.00 -
    1.00pm

    Grammar Workshop (JHB205) 

     

    Grammar Workshop (JHB301)

       

    12.00 -
    4.00pm

           

    U70313 Weeks 2-10 
    12.00 - 2.00pm or
    2.00 - 4.00pm (2 hrs) 
    (JHB303)

    4.00 -
    6.00pm

    Group Speaking
    Weeks 2-5  
    Presentations
    Weeks 6-9

    Postgraduate Academic Writing
    Weeks 2-10

    Postgraduate Academic Writing
    Weeks 2-10

    Presentations
    Weeks 2-5  
    Group Speaking
    Weeks 6-9 
    (JHB 201)

     
  • This short course aims to help you adapt to reading Academic English texts. The content of the course includes:

    • dealing with reading lists
    • selecting appropriate texts
    • understanding text organisation
    • identifying arguments within texts
    • reading critically

    This course is not currently running in Semester 2 but online resources are available by enrolling on Moodle.

    Enrol on Moodle »

    This short course aims to familiarise you with Academic English writing conventions including:

    • using common academic expressions
    • typical essay structures
    • referencing and citation
    • writing critically

    To sign up, please email academicenglishpg@brookes.ac.uk.

    Materials are available by enrolling on Moodle.

    Enrol on Moodle »

    This short course aims to familiarise you with Academic English speaking at postgraduate level. The content of the course includes:

    • planning and delivering presentations
    • presenting research findings
    • using visual aids effectively
    • making use of signposting expressions
    • participating effectively in seminar discussions

    To sign up, please email academicenglishpg@brookes.ac.uk

    Materials are available by enrolling on Moodle.

    Enrol on Moodle »

    This short course aims to help you  develop your Academic English writing skills as you approach your dissertation. The content of the course includes:

    • possible dissertation structures
    • identifying a research question
    • writing your introduction
    • writing a literature review
    • structuring a discussion
    • writing critically

    To sign up, please email academicenglishpg@brookes.ac.uk.

    Materials are available by enrolling on Moodle.

    Enrol on Moodle »

    This non-credit bearing module is available to all postgraduate students in the Business School. This module focuses on developing the academic writing and reading skills required when undertaking postgraduate level study in a business context. It focuses on skills relevant to a range of texts, particularly on research articles, business research reports, case studies, essays and critical reviews.

    It is particularly suitable for postgraduate students of business who have had little or no previous Academic English training or study experience.

    There are three parts to the assessment on this module:

    1. A short text on what you perceive to be your academic writing needs.
    2. Submission of a piece of your work for another module in order to receive feedback on your use of English.
    3. A short reflective action plan for the development of your Academic English.

    More information »

    Martha O'Curry          Module Leader: Martha O' Curry (email: martha.ocurry@brookes.ac.uk)

  • Writing consultations

    For postgraduate students who would like feedback and support with Academic English, we offer both online and face-to-face writing consultations.

    Writing consultations are available Monday to Thursday from 11.00am to 2.00pm.  

    Book your writing consultation here »

    Office drop in: Monday to Thursday, 12.00 - 12.30pm in INT.2.04. 

    Other Upgrade services

    In addition to the above, all students at Brookes can access tutorials in study skills, mathematics and statistics and use our collection of online resources.

  • Contact us

    Academic Skills Development

    For more information or help finding Academic English support, contact us below:

    Email: academicenglish@brookes.ac.uk
    Tel: 01865 484406

    Visit us at the Upgrade desk in the Forum of JHBB.