|Credit load: 7.5 ECTS||Course code: BMW32709|
|Coordinator: Hanneke van Nes||Period: 2 (time slot AD or BC)|
|Examiner: Hanneke van Nes||Period: 3 (time slot BC)|
|E-mail address: email@example.com||Level: 2|
|Phone: +31 30 2270085|
In an increasing number of bachelor’s programmes, the student is expected to have an excellent command of English, in writing and reading, as well as in giving presentations. The aim of the course is to improve these skills. With this in mind, the focus duly rests on acquiring communication skills in English. General techniques for presenting will be dealt with, which supplement the presentation skills acquired in year 1 of the bachelor’s programme. In addition, students will expand their (academic) vocabulary and put it to active use. This course helps you to improve your speaking and academic writing skills. The following subjects will be discussed:
- structure and vocabulary of a literature review, summarizing, grammar structures, verb tenses, formal and informal writing, wordiness, plagiarism, word choice, linkers, and punctuation;
- language use and structure of a (poster) presentation, visual support, voice use, audience interaction, dealing with questions, speaking at a seminar, posing questions, giving an opinion, and interrupting;
- formulating learning goals, self-reflection.
In this course, students will work with subjects from their own studies. A teacher from the sciences faculty or the UMC will provide support in terms of content.
Requirements for admission:
English on advanced (Common European Framework of Reference level B2 to B2+*) level. Prior to the start of the course, students will be asked to do a digital placement test to determine whether their level of English meets the requirements of the course. Students who are enrolled for this course will receive information via e-mail regarding this test.
Knowledge and insight
At the end of the course, the student will have:
- a larger academic vocabulary;
- insight into their strengths and weaknesses in English;
- insight into the structure of a presentation;
- insight into the ingredients of a review article.
After this course, the student will be better able to:
- write English on an academic level;
- give an effective English (poster) presentation;
- apply self-study strategies;
- give feedback in an appropriate manner;
- speak English with more confidence.
Teaching forms and contact time:
This course consists of workgroup meetings, group activities, and self-study. The total contact time is 45 hours: a maximum of 2 meetings of 3 hours a week. Attendance is compulsory: you have to attend 13 out of 15 meetings and score a pass for all assessments to be eligible for credits.
Method(s) of testing:
- ‘Vocabulary notebook’ (15% of the final grade);
- Exercises (15% of the final grade);
- Presentation (25% of the final grade);
- Paper (25% of the final grade);
- Active participation in the course (20% of the final grade).
- Academic Vocabulary in Use: With Answers, Michael McCarthy and Felicity O’Dell (Cambridge University Press, 2008), ISBN-13: 978-0-521-68939-7;
- Successful Scientific Writing, J. and R. Matthews, (Cambridge University Press, 3rd ed., 2008), ISBN-13: 978-0-521-69927-3.
*More information about the CEFR can be found via this link: