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'Academic language … is no one's mother tongue'

(Bourdieu and Passeron, 1994: 8).

AEP's Academic Language Webinars are designed to help you with the language needed in a range of academic communication contexts.

Practical advice which can be directly applied in writing an assignment.

Masters student. Henley Business School.

I was looking for some guidance with citing texts in my literature review. And this webinar was just what I needed. I think I'm much better equipped now to write a better literature review.

PhD student. Politics, Economics and International Relations.

The exercises were dynamic and kept me interested in the session.
Post-doc researcher, Mathematical, Physical and Computational Science.
Excellent support for students at any stage of their university studies.
A master's student on the 'Writing Critically - a focus on language' webinar, Autumn 2020.

Sign up a for an Academic Language Webinar

To sign up for webinars, you need to enrol on the Academic English Programme hub BlackBoard:

Open this web page that you are currently looking at in two tabs.

  • In the second tab, open the Hub Blackboard and follow the self-enrolment instructions.

Academic Language Webinars

Grammar 
 
  • argue, argued, have argued - three important verb tenses in academic communication.
 
  • Writing successful sentences (1): Clause types
 
  • Writing successful sentences (2): Relative Clauses
 
  • Writing successful sentences (3): Punctuation
 
  • the or a or zero? - effective article use
 
  • Noun Phrases: the building blocks of academic texts
 
  • The passive - when to and when not to use it
 
  • may, might, can, could, should ... - An overview of modal verbs

Open Grammar (PDF, 167KB) for webinar descriptions and details.

 

Vocabulary
 
  • Improve your Academic Vocabulary (1): Growing your Academic Vocabulary size
 
  • Improve your Academic Vocabulary (2): Using an online English Dictionary
 
  • Collocations: Finding the right words as you write

Open Vocabulary (PDF, 135KB) for webinar descriptions and details.

 

 

Building Blocks of Writing

 
  • Writing critically - focus on language
 
  • Language for Academic Integrity (1): Avoiding plagiarism
 
  • Language for Academic Integrity (2): Language for citing and referencing sources
 
  • Language for Academic Integrity (3): Language for paraphrasing and summarising
 
  • Language for synthesising sources
 
  • Language for writing definitions
 
  • Language for flow and clarity: writing coherent and cohesive texts
 
  • Successfully editing and proofreading your written work

Open Building Blocks of Writing (PDF, 177KB) for webinar descriptions and details.

 

Writing Genres


 
  • Not Just Essays: Types of university writing - a genre overview
 
  • Language for Effective Essay Writing
 
  • Language for Reflective Writing
 
  • Language for Writing up Experiments
 
  • University emails - communicating appropriately and effectively

Open Writing Genres (PDF,133KB) for webinar descriptions and details.

 

 

Dissertation Writing

 

 
  • Dissertations: Language for The Literature Review (all disciplines)
 
  • Dissertations: Language for Methods (STEM & Social Sciences)
 
  • Dissertations: Language for Results (STEM)
 
  • Dissertations: Language for Results (Social Sciences)
 
  • Dissertations: Language for Discussion (all disciplines)

Open Dissertation Writing (PDF,134KB) for webinar descriptions and details.

N.B. You can sign up for these webinars if you are a third-year undergraduate student doing a final Dissertation, a master's student doing a Research Project or Dissertation, or a PhD student.

 

Eligibility:

This year, these courses are open to all international/EU University of Reading students from campuses in the UK and beyond (e.g. Malaysia and South Africa).