Seminar Discussion Skills
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:
- Agreeing and disagreeing with opinions
- Researching and forming ideas
- Presenting an argument
- Explaining and supporting your argument
- Citing sources
- Persuading others of your opinion
- Making suggestions
- Asking questions
- Responding to questions
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:
- have a greater awareness of the role of the student and the tutor within seminar discussion groups in UK universities
- have gained confidence in participating in and even leading seminar discussion groups in the future
- have learned some useful academic discussion phrases that can be used on their programmes in seminars or tutorials
- be more aware of any pronunciation problems that might hinder communication
Timing and Location
Wednesdays from 24 January 14:10 - 16:00 (6 weeks)
Fridays from 26 January 14:10 - 16:00 (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.
Registration is now open for Semester 2 ELSIS Courses. The deadline for applications for this course is Friday 12 January 2018: