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English Language and Academic Skills Workshops (ELAS)

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    University of Kent students can earn up to 20 Employability Points per module. To claim your points, you will need to log them via MyFolio.
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    ELAS aims to help you to improve your English language and gives you the chance to discuss your specific academic difficulties - you will receive guidance on which of the modules will be most useful to you.

English Language and Academic Skills (ELAS)

English Language and Academic Skills (ELAS) is CEWL’s key in-sessional course which provides FREE additional training in English for Academic Purposes to any registered international student at the University of Kent.

 

What is ELAS?

English Language and Academic Skills (ELAS) is CEWL’s key in-sessional course which provides additional training in English for Academic Purposes to any registered international student at the University of Kent. It consists of taught modules which you can do in the autumn term or the spring term and tutorials which you can book during the autumn or spring terms. Watch the video on the right to find out more.

ELAS workshops are completely FREE for University of Kent students.

 

Why do ELAS?

  • ELAS aims to help you to improve your English language and gives you the chance to discuss your specific academic difficulties - you will receive guidance on which of the modules will be most useful to you.
  • If you attend at least 70% of an ELAS course, you will receive a certificate of attendance.
  • All workshops are completely FREE for University of Kent students. Just book your place via SDS.
  • You will earn Employability Points (5 points per two hours up to a maximum of 20 points per module - excludes individual speaking and writing tutorials). To claim your points, you need to log them on My Folio.
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Which ELAS module or tutorial is for you?

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Giving clearly structured presentations ED003
Participating in seminar discussions ED003; ED008 (not running in spring term 2020)
Pronouncing English clearly ED003; ED008 (not running in spring term 2020), Individual Speaking Tutorials
Taking accurate, relevant notes from lectures ED004
Understanding essay titles ED001 and/or Individual Writing Tutorials
Writing logically structured essays ED00 and/or Individual Writing Tutorials
Writing in grammatically accurate English ED00 and/or Individual Writing Tutorials
Writing in appropriate academic style ED001 and/or Individual Writing Tutorials
Synthesising information from academic texts ED001
Incorporating sources in written work ED001
Communicating socially with students and staff ED003; ED008 (not running spring term 2020); Individual Speaking Tutorials
Recognising different accents in English ED008 (not running in spring term 2020)
Using academic sources in your writing and citing them correctly, using the appropriate referencing system ED009

 

Module and tutorial details

ED001 - Essay Writing

Module ED001 guides you through the process of writing essays in a format normally accepted at British universities. We offer 2 courses: 3 hours per week for 3 weeks or 2 hours per week for 5 weeks.

Before booking please check your timetable to ensure you are able to attend the session(s) you have selected.

  • Course dates: Classes run during both the autumn and spring terms and start in either Weeks 2 OR 14
  • Registration: Online registration via SDS: click on Workshops then English Language.
  • Course goals: To develop your academic writing skills within the context of your department at the University of Kent.
  • Core topics: Analysis of essay titles; selecting suitable material from source texts; paraphrasing; preparation and planning; organising ideas; academic conventions; proofreading your essays for relevance, register, coherence and cohesion.

 

ED002 - Grammar

Module ED002 helps you to write essays in structurally correct English. We offer 2 courses: 2 hours per week for 5 weeks or 1 hour per week for 10 weeks.

Before booking please check your timetable to ensure you are able to attend the session(s) you have selected.

  • Course dates: Classes run during both the autumn and spring terms and start in either Weeks 2 OR 14
  • Registration: Online registration via SDS: click on Workshops then English Language.
  • Course goals: To enable you to identify and correct grammar errors in your writing.
  • Core Topics: Word order and sentence structure; verb tenses: formation and use; adverbial clauses; word form. You will also be able to request explanations and practice in specific areas of difficulty.

 

ED003 - Presentation Skills

Module ED003 prepares you to give presentations on specialist topics. You will attend 2 hours of class per week for 4 weeks.

Before booking please check your timetable to ensure you are able to attend the session(s) you have selected.

  • Course dates: Classes run during both the autumn and spring terms and start in either Weeks 2 OR 14
  • Registration: Online registration via SDS: click on Workshops then English Language.
  • Course goals: The course aims to give you guidance and practice in the preparation, organisation and delivery of presentations in an academic context.
  • Core Topics: Discussing academic topics in an appropriate register; selecting and organising suitable content; planning the structure of and delivering a presentation on your specialist subject.

 

ED004 - Listening/Note Taking

Module ED004 responds to the need for you to listen to and react appropriately to a range of spoken texts. While placing emphasis on listening to formal lectures, the module also recognises the importance of colloquial English in academic situations. You will attend 1 hour a week for 10 weeks.

Before booking please check your timetable to ensure you are able to attend the session(s) you have selected.

  • Course dates: Classes run during the autumn term only
  • Registration: Online registration via SDS: click on Workshops then English Language.
  • Course goals: The course aims to develop your listening skills in a variety of contexts.
  • Core Topics: Listening and responding to: introductions, recognising lecture structure and content, signposting, markers, transitions, definitions, comparison, exemplification, reference to sources cause and effect, purpose, importance markers, speaker's attitude, argumentation and synthesis.

 

ED008 - Pronunciation (not running spring term 2020)

Module ED008 teaches you how to understand the functions of stress, intonation and linking in English and discriminate between different accents. You will attend 1 hour of class per week for 10 weeks..

  • Course goals: This module helps you to improve your listening skills through: understanding how different sounds are made; recognising features of pronunciation such as stress, strong and weak forms, assimilation, elision and linking; understanding the functions of intonation; and discriminating between different accents.
  • Core topics: Articulation: How we produce sounds; Consonants; Vowels; Diphthongs; Syllables; Stress in simple words; Complex word stress; Weak forms; Aspects of connected speech; and Intonation

Sorry, this module is not running in spring term 2020

 

ED009 - Good Academic Practice and Referencing Workshop

Module ED009 is a stand-alone 2 hour workshop which will provide you with a firm understanding of the fundamental principles of good academic practice, avoiding plagiarism and how to cite academic sources correctly in your writing using some of the most common referencing styles.

Before booking please check your timetable to ensure you are able to attend the session(s) you have selected.

  • Course dates: This workshop will take place during week 5 of the autumn term and week 17 of the spring term
  • Registration: Online registration via SDS: click on Workshops then English Language.
  • Course goals: This workshop will provide you with an overview of what constitutes good academic practice in the University setting, how to avoid plagiarism in your written assignments and how to cite sources correctly in your academic writing using referencing systems such as Harvard, APA and Oscola referencing systems.
  • Core topics: why avoiding plagiarism is important; how to avoid plagiarism; paraphrasing; summarising and how to cite sources correctly.

 

Individual Speaking Tutorials

Individual Speaking Tutorials give you the opportunity to refine your spoken accuracy, fluency and pronunciation for seminars and presentations with an academic member of staff, who will give you advice and feedback on your speaking. Individual sessions last 45 minutes each.

Before booking please check your timetable to ensure you are able to attend the session(s) you have selected.

  • Course dates: Tutorials are available all year.
  • Course goals: The sessions aim to help you improve your academic speaking for seminars and presentations.
  • Learning Outcomes: You will learn how to identify strengths and weaknesses in the accuracy, fluency and pronunciation of your spoken English.
You must book an appointment for Individual Speaking Tutorials. To make a 45 min appointment between the following times, contact Charlene Dobson directly at cmd46@kent.ac.uk
Day: Every Monday (during weeks 20-24)
Time: 13:00-16:00
Charlene Dobson

 

Individual Writing Tutorials

Individual Writing Tutorials give you the opportunity to discuss your academic writing with a member of staff from CEWL, who will give you advice on the structure, coherence and cohesion of your work. Individual sessions last 20-30 minutes each.

Before booking please check your timetable to ensure you are able to attend the session(s) you have selected.

  • Course dates: Tutorials are available all year.
  • Course goals: The sessions aim to guide you through the process of revising and editing your academic writing.
  • Learning Outcomes: You will learn how to identify organisational and syntactical strengths and weaknesses in your writing and edit your own work.

Please note: this is not a proofreading service.

You must book an appointment for Individual Writing Tutorials. To make an appointment at one of the following times, login to Target Connect

Wednesday
11:00-13:00
Caroline Challans (weeks 14-24)
Wednesday
12:30-13:30
Veronica Rovagnati (weeks 13-24)

How to register

Taught modules:ED001, ED002, ED003, ED004, ED009 (ED008 is not running in spring term 2020)

You can register for the spring term workshops via the Workshops page in the Student Data System.

Tutorials

Book an appointment via Target Connect

If you have any difficulty registering or booking, please email cewl@kent.ac.uk

Contact us

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us:
T: 01227 824401
E: cewl@kent.ac.uk

 

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Last Updated: 30/04/2020