Academic English Week 9 Intensive Courses

Week 9 Intensive Timetable

  Course Dates Times
Enrol Written Communication: Thesis and Dissertation Monday 16 March - Friday 20 March 2020 Monday - Friday 10:00 - 13:00
Enrol Written Communication: Advanced Interactive Grammar Monday 16 March - Friday 20 March 2020

Monday - Thursday 13:00 - 16:00

Friday 09:00 - 12:00


Thesis and 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. On day one, students begin by considering the organisation pattern that is most suitable to their study and discipline. Each subsequent lesson focuses on a different part of the thesis/dissertation (Introductions, Literature Reviews, Discussions etc.), as well as the expected structure and linguistic conventions. Though this course is available throughout the year, it is our most popular Hilary term offering. It builds upon the foundational understanding provided by our Introduction, and Key Issues courses, while preparing students for the challenges of writing a thesis or dissertation. 

Learning Outcomes

  • Gain an understanding of the different organisational structures used within the Humanities, Social Sciences and Natural Sciences. 
  • Consider works of previous 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



Advanced Interactive Grammar

In 5 workshops and through the use of self-study technology, this course will help you improve your use of grammar when presenting your ideas in written communication. You will be given regular feedback on your use of grammar, and you will learn about strategies that you can use to improve your proofreading. In each session, your tutor will provide a review of tense/aspect, relating it to your particular learning needs. Beyond in-class support, you will be able to continue learning in your own time by having access to a range of self-study resources (self-study grammar software, a grammar workbook and a grammar mobile app). These resources enable you to learn at your own pace, and give you extensive practice in grammar structures. All resources provide access to learning tips, immediate feedback, and tutorial videos.

Learning Outcomes

  • Select a range of appropriate grammatical structures to meet specific academic purposes; 
  • Use proofreading strategies to identify high frequency errors; 
  • Evaluate your own performance.

Contact us

The Language Centre
12 Woodstock Road

 01865 283360


Course fees



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 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.

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