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International Foundation Courses and English Language Studies

Academic Literacy

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Academic Literacy

The Academic Literacy course runs for 4 or 5 weeks and aims to give students guidance in how to deal with the main writing and reading tasks that are required of them in an academic context. The course will be very practical and will maintain relevance by encouraging students to use material from their own academic studies as a basis for the classes.

Areas covered will include:
Writing
  • Types of essay
  • Analysis of essay titles
  • Planning an argument
  • Thesis statement development
  • Supporting arguments and acknowledging sources
  • Text cohesion and signposting
  • Academic style and register
Reading
  • Identifying key themes and ideas
  • Following and analysing arguments
  • Selecting and prioritising information
  • Using bibliographies and extending your research