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In-sessional English Skills

You can register from week 1 in the autumn term and week 13 in the spring term via Workshops in the Student Data System.

Find out more about how to register.

If you have any difficulty registering please email cewl@kent.ac.uk with the details of the workshops you would like to join.

In-sessional English Skills (IES) 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 6 modules which run in the autumn term and are repeated in the spring term. Writing tutorials are available all year.

Why do IES?

  • IES 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.
  • you will earn Employability Points (5 points per two hours up to a maximum of 20 points per module). To claim your points, you need to log them on My Folio.
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  • if you attend at least 70% of an IES course, you will receive a certificate of attendance.

Answer the questions below to see which IES module is right for you.

Module details:

ED001 - Essay Writing

Module ED001 guides you through the process of writing essays in a format normally accepted at British universities. We offer 3 courses: 3 hours per week for 3 weeks, 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 start in Weeks 2 and 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 start in Weeks 2 and 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 - Seminar Discussion/Presentation Skills

Module ED003 prepares you to participate in seminar discussions and give seminar presentations on specialist topics. You will attend 1 hour of class per week for 8 weeks.

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

  • Course dates: Classes start in Weeks 2 and 14
  • Registration: Online registration via SDS: click on Workshops then English Language.
  • Course goals: The course aims to give you guidance and practice in seminar discussion skills and 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 start in Weeks 2 and 14
  • 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.

ED005 - Individual Writing Tutorials

ED005 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.
  • Registration: make an appointment by email to cewl@kent.ac.uk.
  • 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, please email: cewl@kent.ac.uk.

Tuesday
14:00-15:00
Sophia Vanttinen-Newton
Thursday
11:00-12:00
Sophia Vanttinen-Newton
Tuesday
11:00-12:30
Caroline Challans (during weeks 7-11 only)
Wednesday

 

14:00-15:30

 

Caroline Challans (during weeks 7-11 only)

ED005 - Peer Group Writing Tutorials

ED005 Peer Group Writing begins with one two-hour session to discuss the key concepts of academic writing with a member of staff from CEWL and a second one-hour session to guide you through the process of peer feedback, looking at structure, coherence and cohesion specifically. After this, you will arrange follow up sessions across the term within your groups.

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

  • Course dates: Classes start in Weeks 2 and 14
  • Registration: Online registration via SDS: click on Workshops then English Language.
  • Course goals: The sessions aim to guide you through the process of revising and editing your own and others' academic writing..
  • Learning Outcomes: You will learn how to identify organisational and syntactical strengths and weaknesses in writing and edit your own work.

Please note: this is not a proofreading service.

ED008 - Pronunciation

Module ED008 helps you improve your English pronunciation and supports your listening skills. You will attend 1 hour of class 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 start in Weeks 2 and 14
  • Registration: Online registration via SDS: click on Workshops then English Language.
  • Course goals: The course aims to teach you the principles of British English pronunciation.
  • Core Topics: How different sounds are made; phonetic transcription; stress, strong and weak forms, assimilation, elision and linking; intonation; discrimination between different accents.

 

 

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Last Updated: 23/10/2017