Academic English (15 ECTS)
As an academic communicator, you want to share your research with international peers in an effective and persuasive manner. Learn presentation skills that can assist you in speaking in front of academic audiences. Practise writing to think through your research and communicate your thoughts by means of informative and appealing texts.
This intensive course, designed as a series of interactive workshops, offers you an opportunity to present and write in English within your own discipline. It also invites you to reflect on your presentation skills, writing habits and writer identity.
- Choose a research problem to investigate (for example, a subject in your major courses). As the semester unfolds, follow the stages of researching and writing as two interlinked processes:
- focus your research question,
- conduct the literature review,
- collect the best evidence to argue for the importance of your research project.
- Read like a writer. Analyze model texts and sample texts written by your peers to better understand rhetorical strategies and stylistic conventions of selected academic text types.
- Practise presenting. Prepare three 3-minute presentations based on secondary sources about your research question – you will deliver them for a small group of peers. Present for 7 minutes in front of the whole class to share your views, engage in a question-and-answer session and hear feedback on your performance.
- Write and give feedback. Draft three sections of your research paper: an extended definition of a key concept, literature review, introduction or discussion/conclusion. You will discuss these drafts with your peers and receive comments from your tutor. The semester of reading, writing, presenting and exchanging ideas with international peers from various disciplines will help you to become a better academic communicator. This course will assist you in your future writing and presenting, not only in English but also in your other languages.
This course has helped me to understand how to write a structured and clear text. It has also taught me that the characteristics distinctive of an efficient article should be shared by our academic presentations – the ‘7-minute presentation’ was one of the most stimulating and complicated exercises that I had ever faced.
Francesca (BA, Italy)
This course is really great together with writing the BA project, because you can use the assignments, journal entries and presentations for this course to investigate elements of your other assignment: elements which you are not sure of or elements which you know are not suitable for the BA project, but very interesting.
Camilla (BA, Denmark)
I think that especially my introductions, definitions of key concepts, literature reviews and conclusions are going to be more structured than they were before, not only in English but also in German. Also this course took a lot of my fear out of writing in English. Now I feel more prepared to start a Master’s study program in English.
Filip (BA, Germany)
Teaching and learning methods
Flipped classroom (online course room with a wealth of materials), writing (at home and in class), workshops, discussions (in small groups), presentations (in small groups and before the whole class), peer reviews, reflective journal, individual study
Only BA students can register for this course. Please note that the writing component in ‘Academic English’ is identical to ‘Academic Writing for Undergraduate Students’; therefore, you should not register for both the courses.
MA students are not eligible for this course; instead, they should choose ‘Academic Writing for Graduate Students’ and/or ‘Presentation Techniques for Graduate Students.’
Students enrolled in the BA programme of English Studies cannot attend this course.
International BA students register by emailing email@example.com. Please include your student ID number and the full name of the course.
Please note that your registration is binding.
Questions about registration and the course can be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more details see kurser.ku.dk
Academic English for students
CIP offers Academic English courses for BA-level students and international exchange students.
More information and enrolment
Please go to the University of Copenhagen's course catalogue for more information about the course and enrolment.