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Spoken Language: Participating in Discussions

The aim of this course is to improve your ability to contribute to academic seminar discussions and engage in conversation in general, for example during group work tasks on your degree programme. In each lesson, you will discuss topics of general interest in small groups. You will learn useful language and techniques for taking part in discussions and have the opportunity to practise these to build your confidence, fluency and accuracy. The classes will be small (maximum 12 students) to maximise opportunities for interaction and teacher feedback on your speaking.

The course will take place on the Whiteknights Campus and will run for 8 weeks (with a mid-term break) starting in the week beginning 16 January 2023. There will be a 90-minute lesson each week. 

For more information about dates and times and to request a place on the course, please enrol on the Academic English Programme Hub Blackboard:

  1. Open this web page that you are currently looking at in two tabs
  2. In the first tab, sign into Blackboard
  3. In the second tab, open the Hub Blackboard and follow the self-enrolment instructions

Please note:


Online courses for self-enrolment

We have a range of online academic grammar, writing and presentation courses designed for independent learning, with the option to attend weekly live online sessions.


Consultations for writing and presentations

If you would like individual advice and feedback about your academic writing or speaking, you can meet our experienced academic language tutors on a one-to-one basis.


Academic Language Webinars

We run a large series of one-hour webinars designed to help you with the language needed in a range of academic communication contexts.