English for researchers

Início Término Designação
2018.01.13 2018.05.26 English for researchers 1
2018.01.04 2018.02.15 Intermediate Academic English
     

 

 

 
 
 
Tutor: Theresa Pole-Baker
Certified IEFP trainer number F614906/2013

Tutor background: A native speaker from the UK, with a PhD in Education from University College
London and a professional specialisation (licentiate post-graduate diploma in Teaching English to
speakers of other Languages) from Trinity College London, Theresa has been teaching English in
Portuguese higher education for over 20 years.
 
Introduction
This is a short academic English course for people who need to develop integrated skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening) in English for academic study
 
Overview
English is increasingly important for study in higher education in Portugal. Many text books, academic articles and other resources are written in English; some lectures (especially those with Erasmus students) and many conferences are given in English, and sometimes it is necessary for students to write papers and give presentations in English too.
Academic English is not the same as general English. It’s much more formal, characterised by specific types of vocabulary, grammar and organisation. Language is more precise, complex and objective; the writer has the responsibility to demonstrate evidence for arguments with reference to work done, and to use language to assess this work (through a technique called hedging). Most of all, academic English is based on critical thinking, rather than personal opinion.

Course goals
This short course aims to develop a set of integrated skills in English which will improve their use of resources, understand texts and listening enable to take part in academic discourse, both written or spoken. It will enable them to go onto further study, through the English for Researchers course or to an English for presentations course. It will start with an assessment of students’ specific needs, so that the exact content can be tailored to these.
At the end of the course, trainees should be able to: understand lectures, tutorials, read for research find information and take notes, write compositions in English, use signpost language and discuss ideas and research.
 

Who is this course for?
This is for people who need to develop integrated skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening) in English for academic study at intermediate level.

Prerequisites:
This is for people who can understand and use clear standard speech on familiar matters when it is slow and clear, give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans, narrate a story, talk and write about familiar everyday topics in clear, simple language. This is approximately B1 on the European Language Framework, http://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/resources/european-language-levels-cefr

Workload and timetable
20 hours total, 2 hours x 10 sessions, after work.

 
Dates: January 4, 11, 18 and 25, February 1, 8 and 15
From 05:00 pm to 08:00 pm
 

Course content
1. Listening to a lecture and taking notes
a. How to take notes.
b. Recognising lecture structure: understanding relationships in the lecture - reference; understanding relations within the sentence/complex sentences; signposts.
c. Deducing the meaning of unfamiliar words and word groups - guessing.
d. Listening skills:
2. Reading
a. Understanding text structure/organisation and references
b. Understanding conceptual meaning, dealing with difficult words and sentences.
c. Reading critically - evaluating arguments, recognising implications, and assumptions,
3. Writing;
a. organisation and planning,
b. referencing,
c.  paraphrasing
d. Language and style
e. Grammar
4. Speaking
a. Controlling the discussion
b. Participating in the discussion
c. presentations

Assessment
The course will be assessed continuously according to 3 parameters:
• Participation – 10%
• Mini tests – 20%
• Four skills:
 o Participate in a discussion (speaking and listening) (25%)
 o Reading: reporting on reading research (20%)
 o Writing: work based trainees’ academic area  (25%)
 
Cost:
Total registration fee of € 140
ICS-UCP PhD students / PhD alumni: 20% discount.
 
Payment conditions:
- 50% at Registration
- Remaining until January 18
 
Registration here
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tutor: Theresa Pole-Baker.
Certified IEFP trainer number F614906/2013

Tutor background: A native speaker from the UK, with a PhD in Education from University College
London and a professional specialisation (licentiate post-graduate diploma in Teaching English to
speakers of other Languages) from Trinity College London, Theresa has been teaching English in
Portuguese higher education for over 20 years.
 
Overview
It is increasingly important to publish in international newspapers or magazines. However, for researchers who are not English native-speakers (and even some who are), the quality of written work  in English is one of the major reasons why papers are rejected (Wallwork 2016, Kourilova 1998). The problems are not only syntax and lexis, but also to do with cultural aspects of organization and content. Writing research papers or articles in English for international journals requires a high level of English proficiency, as well as an in-depth knowledge of conventions and standards of English writing of research papers or articles.
However, researchers tend to ignore their problems in English, either because they have little confidence in their abilities, or because they believe they are less important than the science they investigate (Huang, 2010).
Although academic papers require specific vocabulary, organization and style, the specific vocabulary is usually quite accessible and subject to international standards. By paying attention to specific rules of syntax and organization, it is possible for non-native English speakers to significantly improve their writing in a comparatively short time and achieve more success in international publications, which is so important for their academic careers.

Course goals
This short course aims to develop tools that enable students to analyse the requirements of the various editors, and write clear well-organized texts in good academic English.
At the end of the course, trainees should be able to: prepare and structure a manuscript, increase readability, and reduce errors in written English concisely, without redundancy and without ambiguity. They should also be able to choose the tenses and style that meet the requirements of publishers and reviewers of international journals and journals.
 

Who is this course for?
This course is for both experienced and newer researchers, as well as students carrying out research at doctoral or master’s level.

Prerequisites:
A minimum of B2 English according to CEFR (https://www.britishcouncil.pt/en/our-levels-and-cefr ), either certified (Cambridge FCE, CAE, PTE; BEC; IELTS level 6, Trinity ISE II, III, IV) or through assessment by the course tutor.

Workload and timetable
30 hours total, 3 hours x 10 sessions, face-to-face on Saturdays, bi-monthly, January 2018- May 2018, plus home study.

 
Dates: January 13 and 27, February 17 and 24, Mars 10 and 17; April 7 and 21; May 12 and 26
From 10:00 am to 01:00 pm
 

Course content
1.    Planning and preparation, style and structure
2.    Common mistakes by Portuguese writers
3.    Common and specific academic language
4.    Structuring a Sentence: word order
5.    Structuring paragraphs, cultural aspects pitfalls.
6.    Breaking up long sentences
7.    Being concise and removing redundancy
8.    Avoiding ambiguity, repetition, and vague language; grammatical elements, false cognates
9.    Check your journal’s style – first person or passive, and how to use these forms.
10.    Hedging and criticising, and toning down verbs.
11.    Plagiarism and paraphrasing
12.    Introductions, conclusions and common pitfalls
13.    Writing abstracts
14.    Covering letters.
15.    Checking for mistakes

Assessment
There will be an initial diagnostic test and discussion to assess student needs. The course will be assessed continuously according to 3 parameters:
•    Participation – 10%
•    Mini tests – 20%
•    Written work – 70%. Practical written work based on writing tasks within the trainees’ own academic area; the students will learn how to critically assess their own work and that of their colleagues, as well as receiving feedback from the tutor.
 

 
Cost:
Total registration fee of € 200
ICS-UCP PhD students / PhD alumni: 20% discount.
 
Payment conditions:
- 50% at Registration
- Remaining until February 10
 
Registration here