The course has been designed to help you improve your fluency and accuracy in giving and responding to opinions and theories in an academic context.
For many international students, particularly those recently arrived in the UK, attempting to participate actively in academic seminar discussion groups can be a challenging and frustrating experience. The course has been designed to help you improve your fluency and accuracy in giving and responding to opinions and theories in an academic context. By the end of this course, we hope that you will feel more confident about participating in and even leading seminars at university or in a professional setting in the future.
The course aims to cover key communication strategies commonly employed when engaging in seminar discussion. These will include:
In the final week of the course, you will have the chance to put the skills you have developed into practice by leading a (short) seminar discussion on a topic of your choice from your own academic field to a small group of students.
The tutor will provide selective feedback on grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation.
There will be up to a maximum of 12 students in a class.
By the end of the course, students should:
Mondays from 23 October 2017 14:10pm-16:00pm (6 weeks)
Wednesdays from 25 October 2017 14:10pm-16:00pm (6 weeks)
Paterson’s Land, Holyrood Road.
All international undergraduate or postgraduate students currently studying at Edinburgh University. Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
Please complete and submit the following online form:
The application deadline is Friday 13 October 2017.