Academic English Week 9 Intensive Courses

Week 9 Intensive Timetable

  Course Dates Times
ENROL Writing a Thesis or Dissertation (Online) Monday 21 June - Friday 25 June 2021  Monday to Thursday 10:00-13:00 and Friday 10:00-12:00    
ENROL Key Issues in Academic Writing (Online) Monday 21 June - Friday 25 June 2021 Monday to Thursday 14:00-17:00 and Friday 14:00-16:00    

 

Enrolment for our intensive courses closes at midnight (BST) on Sunday 20 June.

Writing a Thesis or Dissertation

This course is designed for international students who are either writing, or preparing to write, a dissertation or thesis for their degree course at Oxford. Each lesson focuses on a different part of the thesis/dissertation/articles (Introductions, Literature Reviews, Discussions etc.), as well as the expected structure and linguistic conventions. Building upon the foundational understanding provided by our other Academic English courses (particularly Introduction to Academic Writing and Grammar, and Key Issues), this course prepares students for the challenges of organising, writing and revising a thesis or dissertation.

The course is online - students will access materials and take part in seminars using Oxford’s VLE system, Canvas, and videoconferencing software.

Learning outcomes

  • Gain an understanding of the different organisational structures used within Humanities, Social Sciences and Natural Sciences dissertations and theses
  • Consider works of previous Oxford students in order to understand the common structural, linguistic and stylistic issues that arise when drafting a research project
  • Increase competence in incorporating citations into texts, including choosing appropriate tenses and reporting verbs   
  • Learn how to structure the various parts of a dissertation or thesis (Introduction, Literature Review, Discussion, Conclusion and Abstract)

Key Issues in Academic Writing

This online course is designed for international postgraduate students who are looking to improve their writing for their degree course. Each lesson focuses on a specific aspect of academic writing that commonly presents difficulties for advanced writers. These include issues connected to conventional language patterns and collocations, verb choice, as well as stylistic differences between disciplines and genres of writing (e.g. reports vs. essays etc.). Throughout the course, students will have a chance to look at and discuss extracts from academic writing in different disciplines, while identifying and understanding the way in which the grammatical choices they make affect the meaning of their text. While this course focuses primarily on writing at a postgraduate level, undergraduate students, post-docs and visiting academics are all welcome.  

This course offers a solid basis for our Thesis and Dissertation course. The course is online - students will access materials and take part in seminars using Oxford’s VLE system, Canvas, and videoconferencing software. 

Learning outcomes

  • Increased awareness of the key features and conventions of academic writing  
  • Learn the importance of information order and how to link ideas
  • Be able to choose suitable tenses and express different levels of certainty in your writing 
  • Have a better understanding of the appropriate register, and expected style of writing, within the different subject areas
  • Learn to use online resources (such as concordance software) for proofreading your own work

Contact us


The Language Centre
12 Woodstock Road
Oxford
OX2 6HT

 admin@lang.ox.ac.uk

 

Course fees


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Enrolment information


For Learners with an Oxford University SSO (Single Sign-On) simply click on the enrol button next to the class that you wish to join. 

For Learners without an Oxford University SSO, or who are not members of the University, please email admin@lang.ox.ac.uk with the following details:

  • Full name
  • Email address and phone number
  • The name of the course you wish to study
  • The start date and time of the course
  • Your connection to Oxford University, if any (to determine course fee)

We will then provisionally enrol you onto the course and send you a link to the Oxford University Online Store for payment. Once payment is received we will confirm your place on the course.