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  • Develop your academic language and skills

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

Courses

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

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

"I really enjoyed the cosy atmosphere in the class, and it was useful to see the different kinds of past dissertations, which gave us an idea of how to write in a formal and academic way."

Postgraduate Meteorology Student

Course timetable

Courses last for eight weeks (unless otherwise stated):

  • autumn and spring terms: classes start in Week 2, and take a break over Week 6
  • summer term: classes start in Week 1 and run until the end of term.

Some courses run on a choice of days and times. Please indicate your first and second choice on the application form.

How to apply

Autumn Term applications open 21/09/2017 at 09:00 (GMT)

Once you know your degree timetable, you may apply for as many courses as you wish using the online application forms below. 

We will email you to confirm you have a place on a course. If the course is oversubscribed, we will place you on a waiting list and email you if a place becomes available – although, please note that we do not carry over applications from previous terms. In this case, please apply again.

Please read our terms and conditions before you apply.

Courses: autumn 2017

 

Academic grammar
Aimed at: Students with upper intermediate- to advanced-level English
Content: Improves the accuracy and style of your academic writing. Includes focus on:
  • sentence structure
  • passive voice
  • relative and conditional clauses.
Timetable: Monday, 14:00–16:00
or
Thursday, 15:00–17:00
or
Friday, 13:00–15:00
 Application form: Academic grammar

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Academic vocabulary
Aimed at: All students
Content:

Focuses on the most useful academic vocabulary and strategies to expand your vocabulary.

Allows you to submit texts from your degree course for focus in the class.

Timetable: Monday, 11:00–13:00
or
Tuesday, 14:00–16:00
or
Thursday, 11:00–13:00
Application form: Academic vocabulary

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Academic writing essentials and practice
Aimed at: Students wanting to develop their academic writing confidence and competence
Content: Develops a wide range of writing skills, including:
  • planning your text
  • writing clear and concise paragraphs
  • summarising and paraphrasing effectively
  • referencing sources accurately.
Timetable: Monday, 11:00–13:00
or
Wednesday, 11:00–13:00
or
Friday, 15:00 -17:00
 Application form: Academic writing essentials and practice

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Dissertation and thesis writing
Aimed at: Students on master's or PhD courses
Content: Helps you understand how to structure your dissertation or thesis clearly and use appropriate language to write each section effectively.
Timetable:

Tuesday, 10:00–12:00
or
Wednesday, 14:00–16:00

 Application form: Dissertation and thesis writing

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Essays: criticality, argument, structure
Aimed at: More confident writers who want to further develop their critical writing and argumentation skills
Content:

Develops your ability to write critically, as well as:

  • develop an argument
  • structure your essay
  • use appropriate language
  • establish a clear "voice" and stance.
Timetable:

Tuesday, 15:00–17:00
or
Wednesday, 09:00–11:00
or
Thursday, 12:00–14:00

 Application form: Essays: criticality, argument, structure

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Grammar for writing
Aimed at: Students wanting a basic refresher course on written academic grammar
Content:

A self-study course with weekly workshops based on a course book (Grammar for Writing, by Anne Vicary).

Timetable:

Tuesday, 10:00–12:00

Application form: Grammar for writing

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Listening and speaking
Aimed at: All students
Content:

Develops these skills to help you:

  • listen to lectures
  • improve your note-taking skills
  • debate topics in seminars.
Timetable:

Tuesday, 11:00–13:00
or
Friday, 09:00–11:00

 Application form: Listening and speaking

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Presentation skills
Aimed at: All students
Content:

Covers the basics of giving effective presentations and allows you to practise these skills.

Timetable:

Wednesday, 15:00–17:00

Four-week course.

Two entry points (Week 2 or Week 7).

Not available in the summer term.

 Application form: Presentation skills

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Pronunciation
Aimed at: All students
Content:

Helps you recognise your pronunciation errors and provides you with practice opportunities to improve.

Timetable:

Monday, 14:00–15:00
or
Tuesday, 14:00–15:00
or
Wednesday, 14:00–15:00

 Application form: Pronunciation

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Social English
Aimed at: Students who have just arrived in the UK and have little or no experience of interacting with local people or native speakers
Content:

A practical, non-academic course to improve your listening and speaking skills in everyday conversational English.

Each week, the class focuses on a topic of interest or everyday situation.

Timetable:

Thursday, 15:00–17:00

 Application form: Social English

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Social English - advanced
Aimed at:

Students who:

  • are confident speakers with basic social English skills
    or
  • have completed the "Social English" course
Content:

Further develops your ability to use English in everyday social situations.

Timetable:

Monday, 14:00–16:00

 Application form: Social English - advanced

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Speaking
Aimed at:

All students

Content:

Allows you to practise your speaking skills in groups of two or three students. Provides teacher feedback on your:

  • clarity of communication
  • use of natural-sounding English
  • grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation.

Improves your ability to summarise, debate and contribute to academic discussions.

Timetable:

Tuesday, 14:00–15:30
or
Wednesday, 15:30–17:00
or
Friday, 12:00–13:30

 Application form: Speaking

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Using sources successfully and avoiding plagiarism
Aimed at:

All students

Content:

Focuses on the skills and language needed to be able to confidently use and reference sources in your written work. Provides guidance and practice for:

  • reporting scholarly findings and arguments
  • summarising, paraphrasing and quoting texts
  • using in-text and bibliographic citations
  • synthesising ideas from multiple sources.
Timetable:

Four-week course, multiple start dates.

Wednesday, 13:00–15:00

 Application form: Using sources successfully and avoiding plagiarism

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