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    Our AEP courses cover all your written and spoken academic communication needs

Courses, Workshops and Webinars

Take your studies to the next level, by enrolling on one or more of the free courses, workshops or webinars on the Academic English Programme (AEP). 

If you are a fee-paying international or EU student at Reading, you can take any of our courses, workshops or webinars to help you get the most from your degree.

"I already have recommended other students. These courses were probably the most valuable I took in my entire time at UoR." MSc student, Chemistry, Food & Pharmacy.

AEP ONLINE COURSES

In autumn term 2020, we will offer six online AEP courses (details below) which will have a number of start dates across the term. You will be able to self-enrol for these courses on Blackboard. Materials will include a mix of video input and guided independent tasks which you can work through at your own pace. There will also be weekly live slots (with a choice of times), but if you cannot attend these live sessions, don't worry - there will be regularly monitored Discussion Forums where you can ask questions.

Self-enrol by clicking on the links below each course.

Our Online Courses

Academic Grammar

Learn and practise a variety of grammatical structures and improve the accuracy, clarity and style of your writing. This course covers crucial aspects of academic grammar including verb tenses, sentence structure and flow, relative clauses, modality, complex noun phrase formation and accurate article and preposition use.

"The course was beyond my expectation. It was very well structured and organised … and I think it should be compulsory to every international student in the first year (preferably in the first term)"  Law student, Summer 2020

For Group 1 (starting the week of 12th October) log into Blackboard at https://www.bb.reading.ac.uk/ then  click here to enrol.

For Group 2 (starting week of 2nd November) - link available at a later date.

 

Core Academic Writing Skills

Master the key elements of effective written academic communication. This course develops your skills and language to effectively incorporate sources (by summarising, paraphrasing, and synthesising), write cohesive and coherent texts, respond critically, and employ a range of phraseological patterns and sentence structures.

"I have learnt how to write logically and coherently." Literature & Languages student, Autumn 2019

For Group 1 (starting the week of 12th October) log into Blackboard at https://www.bb.reading.ac.uk/ then  click here to enrol.

For Group 2 (starting week of 2nd November) - link available at a later date.

Essays: Criticality, Argument, Structure

Better understand what is expected in the most common written assignment genre at university, the essay. The course materials demonstrate what "having a clear voice" and "being critical" mean within this written genre. You are also provided with vital tools for developing an effective argument and coherent overall structure.

"It helped me structure arguments and provide logical and evidence based reasoning."  Economics student, Summer 2020

"I attended the Essay programme about critical thinking and structure and I keep receiving compliments from my lecturers about my clear and well-formatted structure."  Law student, 2018

For Group 1 (starting the week of 12th October) log into Blackboard at https://www.bb.reading.ac.uk/ then  click here to enrol.

For Group 2 (starting week of 2nd November) - link available at a later date.

 

Dissertation & Thesis Writing

Develop the understanding and skills to write about your research clearly, effectively and appropriately. Each lesson will involve analysis of extracts from successful research writing texts. You will explore the organisational patterns and linguistic features distinct to each section of the text.

"As the sessions progressed, I was no longer anxious or worried about how to begin my dissertation." Agriculture, Policy & Development student, Spring 2020

For Group 1 (starting the week of 12th October) log into Blackboard at https://www.bb.reading.ac.uk/ then  click here to enrol.

For Group 2 (starting week of 2nd November) - link available at a later date.

Using Sources Successfully & Avoiding Plagiarism

Develop the skills and language needed to be able to confidently use and reference the sources you have read in your written work thereby overcoming the risk of unintentional plagiarism or poor academic practice. The course includes work on how to accurately attribute ideas to their original sources, appropriately summarising, paraphrasing or directly quoting ideas from source texts.

"The course is supportive and produced very nicely". PhD student, Autumn 2019

For Group 1 (starting the week of 12th October) log into Blackboard at https://www.bb.reading.ac.uk/ then click here to enrol.

For Group 2 (starting week of 9th November) - link available at a later date.

Presentation Skills

Improve the confidence and quality of your academic presentations (for both online and face-to-face delivery). This course covers all aspects of academic presentation planning and delivery, including key language and pronunciation.

"This course is very important and helpful for overseas students who have a weakness in how to present their academic work effectively - the course intensively addresses this problem." Biological Sciences student, Spring 2020

For Group 1 (starting the week of 12th October) log into Blackboard at https://www.bb.reading.ac.uk/ then  click here to enrol.

For Group 2 (starting week of 9th November) - link available at a later date.

 

AEP Webinars & Discussion Skills sessions

Alongside courses, we will offer a series of Academic Language Webinars across the autumn term looking at particular academic grammar points (e.g. verb tense in academic writing), writing skills (e.g. synthesising sources), and speaking skills (e.g. pronunciation, social English). More information about the webinars will be available soon.

There will also be regular bookable online Discussion Skills Practice sessions via Microsoft Teams. Information about how to book these will be available at the beginning of the 2020/21 academic year.

 

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