Preparing English for Academic Purposes

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At the end of this course, the participants will be able to process and write short academic texts. The classes are built up around typical structures and common expressions from scientific texts (e.g. graphs, objects or describing experiments). They mainly emphasize the relevant grammatical items that are necessary to understand these texts. Another important goal is to acquire a broad scientific vocabulary based on the Academic Word List.

Basic grammatical structures will be revised quickly and new academic terminology from different disciplines will be introduced. These structures are then consolidated and practiced in concrete scientific contexts. Self-study tasks and writing assignments are offered to further process the course material.

Required prior knowledge

You have a basic knowledge of English grammar, but you have difficulty writing and speaking fluently and correctly in Academic English. To test your prior knowledge, you will need to take an orientation test.


There is a placement test and a final test.

Course materials

UCT course book. You will receive this book from your language teacher in class.

Recommended books:

  • Eastwood J. (2006): Oxford Practice Grammar Intermediate With Key and CD-ROM Pack, Oxford: OUP
  • The New Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary, Cambridge: Cambridge UP

If you buy one of these books at Standaard Boekhandel Shopping Zuid, Woodrow Wilsonplein 4, 9000 Gent (in the campus shop next to the shop), you will receive a discount of 10% on the official price. Make sure to mention that you take a language course at the UCT.

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