ASkE Academic Skills in English (in-session)

ASkE Academic Skills in English (in-session)

The Language Centre offers support with both Academic Writing and Communication Skills.

Classes are designed for international students who have started their degree studies. We offer general sessions as well as some sessions specifically related to your degree subject.

For more information about the sessions and to book a place, please view the sections below. 

Academic Writing Skills

General Sessions (non-subject specific)

There are two blocks of identical classes, the first blocks stars Monday 30 January,  the second starts Wednesday 15 March. There are three identical sessions available every week so you should only sign up for one Academic Writing class per week

Please note that on campus sessions are limited in numbers so early booking is recommended.

 

BLOCK 1

Academic Writing 1 - Responding to a writing task:  Focusing on the question

Monday 30 January at 1400 – 1530 hours

Book the course at https://www.abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking/13347

 

Wednesday 1 February at 1345 – 1515 hours

Book the course at https://www.abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking/13348

 

Thursday 2 February at 1345 – 1515 hours

Book the course at https://www.abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking/13349

 

Academic Writing 2 - Integrating sources to support your writing (citing & referencing)

Monday 6 February at 1400 – 1530 hours

Book the course at https://www.abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking/13350

 

Wednesday 8 February at 1345 – 1515 hours

Book the course at https://www.abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking/13351

 

Thursday 9 February at 1345 – 1515 hours

Book the course at https://www.abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking/13352

 

Academic Writing 3 - Organising your writing

Monday 13 February at 1400 – 1530 hours

Book the course at https://www.abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking/13353

 

Wednesday 15 February at 1345- 1515 hours

Book the course at https://www.abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking/13354

 

Thursday 16 February at 1345 – 1515 hours

Book the course at https://www.abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking/13355

 

Academic Writing 4 - Writing fluently

Monday 20 February at 1400 – 1530 hours

Book the course at https://www.abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking/13356

 

Wednesday 22 February at 1345 – 1515 hours

Book the course at https://www.abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking/13357

 

Thursday 23 February at 1345 – 1515 hours

Book the course at https://www.abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking/13358

 

Academic Writing 5 - Critical Thinking

Monday 27 February at 1400 – 1530 hours

Book the course at https://www.abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking/13379

 

Wednesday 1 March at 1345 – 1515 hours

Book the course at https://www.abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking/13380

 

Thursday 2 March at 1345 – 1515 hours

Book the course at https://www.abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking/13381

 

Academic Writing 6 - Academic writing styles

Monday 6 March at 1400 – 1530 hours

Book the course at https://www.abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking/13382

 

Wednesday 8 March at 1345 – 1515 hours

Book the course at https://www.abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking/13383

 

Thursday 9 March at 1345 – 1515 hours

Book the course at https://www.abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking/13384

Subject Specific Sessions

These sessions are tailored for a selection of specific disciplines. Here, we will look at sample writing related to your subject so you can familiarise yourself with academic writing conventions. Please see below for the specific subjects covered. For more information about the content of the sessions and how to book a place, please click on the links below. 

 

Business Subjects

Session 1: Business Generic - Focusing on the assignment

Wednesday 15 February at 1400 – 1530 hours in room G 27, Regent Building

Book the course at https://www.abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking/13405

 

Session 2: Business Generic - Citing & Referencing

Wednesday 22 February at 1400 – 1530 in room G 27, Regent Building

Book the course at https://www.abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking/13406

 

Session 3: Business Generic - Using source texts (writing in your own words)

Wednesday 1 March at 1400 – 1530 hours in room G 27, Regent Building

Book the course at https://www.abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking/13407

 

Session 4: Business Generic - Organising your writing 1 (macro)

Wednesday 8 March at 1400 – 1530 hours in room G 27, Regent Building

Book the course at https://www.abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking/13408

 

Session 5: Business Generic - Writing fluently & cohesively

Wednesday 15 March at 1400 – 1530 hours in room G 27, Regent Building

Book the course at https://www.abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking/13409

 

Session 6: Business Generic - Critical thinking

Wednesday 22 March at 1400 – 1530 hours in room G 27, Regent Building

Book the course at https://www.abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking/13410

1-2-1 (book an appointment)

These sessions are helpful if you are experiencing some challenges with your writing tasks, or if you would like some general advice about your writing.  You will have up to an hour with a tutor to discuss your concerns. This could include issues such as:

  • Getting started with your writing assessments
  • Understanding what it is you are being asked to do
  • Trying to organise your writing
  • Understanding your grades and feedback
  • Citing skills (showing where you got information from)
  • Writing in your own words
  • Writing clearly (grammar, vocabulary, sentence structures)
  • Or, you may have something else that you would like to discuss regarding your writing.

Click here to make an appointment. A tutor will then contact you to arrange an appointment.

Please note the advice we give focuses on supporting you with writing assessments in English. It is advice only which you may choose to accept or not.  Academic Writing tutors are not subject experts and cannot advise specifically about subject content. For that, you should contact your subject tutor.

Drop-in Sessions (no appointment required)

These sessions are helpful if you have a quick question about writing your assigments in English. The time you have with a tutor may be limited, depending on the numbers of students looking for help. Issues you might want to ask about could include:

  • Getting started with your writing assessments
  • Understanding what it is you are being asked to do
  • Trying to organise your writing
  • Understanding your grades and feedback
  • Citing skills (showing where you got information from)
  • Writing in your own words
  • Writing clearly (grammar, vocabulary, sentence structures)
  • Or, you may have something else that you would like to discuss regarding your writing.

When & where:

  • Thursdays 4.00 – 5.00 (from 19 January to 11 May), Language Centre, room G25
  • Fridays 12.00 – 1.00 (from 20 January to 12 May), Sir Duncan Rice Library

20/01/2023         Meeting room 2 (seventh floor)
27/01/2023         Meeting room 2               
03/02/2023         Seminar room 224 (second floor)
10/02/2023         Meeting room 2    
17/02/2023         Meeting room 2   
24/02/2023         Meeting room 2       
03/03/2023         Seminar room 224     
10/03/2023         Seminar room 224     
17/03/2023         Meeting room 2               
24/03/2023         Meeting room 2               
31/03/2023         Seminar room 224          
07/04/2023         Meeting room 2               
14/04/2023         Meeting room 2               
21/04/2023         Seminar room 224          
28/04/2023         Meeting room 2               
05/05/2023         Meeting room 2               
12/05/2023         Meeting room 2  

PhD students

The Language Centre offers academic writing support for PGR students. These can be group workshops or individual sessions.  You can be at any stage in your PhD (1st, 2nd, 3rd year…)

Examples of content of sessions

  • Writing your research clearly & effectively
  • Use of citations
  • Critically integrating & reporting the work of scholars in your field.
  • Writing logically (connecting your content)
  • Writing in an academic style
  • Practising & analysing writing sample

Click here to make an appointment. A tutor will then contact you to arrange an appointment.

Testimonials

Academic Writing session helped me better understand writing knowledge and skills, learned to analyse passages, and was of great help to my report writing.

It helps me to have a basic structure about essay writing in my mind, this class is helpful, and I think I have learned some writing skills which are contributed to my essay.

Gives me a better idea of expectations from the professors, the structure of the assignment, etc. And as someone who has not been in academia in a few years, I appreciate that.

It serves as a reminder of the need for developing critical thinking skills, approaching academic writing, and provides a guide to follow.

Academic Communication Skills

Seminar and Presentation Skills

Please note sessions are duplicated every week so you should only sign up for one each week.  

This course is for students who would like to work on their academic communication skills in English.  Part of your degree studies is to participate in seminars, group discussions and to give presentations.  This is therefore an opportunity for you to practise these skills in a small and safe group environment.  The more you can speak, the more confident you may feel about your studies.  These sessions are intended to be relaxed, and ones where you feel comfortable. 

Aims 

Develop the skills to: 

  • listen actively through use of questioning and responding to peers/tutors 

  • communicate fluently& interact effectively in an academic context 

  • understand & apply a critical approach  

  • to make claims and arguments that are evidence-based 

  • use range of appropriate language for seminars/debates 

  • deliver informative, clear, concise, and engaging presentations  

  • ask for clarification when meaning/message is unclear 

  • deal with questions for explanation or clarification 

Below is an example of the content of the sessions. Please be aware that the content may change.  This is because once we have started the course, we will listen you what you would like to do to help with communication skills, and so some sessions may alter. 

 

Block 1

Academic Communications 1 - Introductory discussion activities, introduction to academic cultures, and mini discussions

Wednesday 1 February at 1530 – 1700 hours in room G28, Regent Building

Book the course at https://www.abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking/13385.

 

Thursday 2 February at 1530 – 1700 in room G29, Regent Building

Book the course at https://www.abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking/13386.

 

Academic Communications 2 - Problems & solutions: language & discussion

Wednesday 8 February at 1530 – 1700 hours in room G28, Regent Building

Book the course at https://www.abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking/13387.

 

Thursday 9 February at 1530 – 1700 in room G29, Regent Building

Book the course at https://www.abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking/13388.

 

Academic Communications 3 - Analysis and evaluation from different perspectives: language & discussion. Mini presentations

Wednesday 15 February at 1530 – 1700 in room G28, Regent Building

Book the course at https://www.abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking/13389.

 

Thursday 16 February at 1530 – 1700 in room G29, Regent Building

Book the course at https://www.abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking/13390.

 

Academic Communications 4 - Comparing & contrasting, drawing conclusions, and evaluating: language & discussion

Wednesday 22 February at 1530 – 1700 in room G28, Regent Building

Book the course at https://www.abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking/13391.

 

Thursday 23 February at 1530 – 1700 in room G29, Regent Building

Book the course at https://www.abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking/13392

 

Academic Communications 5 - To be confirmed (participants will be contacted nearer the time to confirm content)

Wednesday 1 March at 1530 – 1700 in room G28, Regent Building

Book the course at https://www.abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking/13393.

 

Thursday 2 March at 1530 – 1700 in room G29, Regent Building

Book the course at https://www.abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking/13394.

 

Academic Communications 6 - Presentations

Wednesday 8 March at 1530 – 1700 in room G28, Regent Building

Book the course at https://www.abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking/13395.

 

Thursday 9 March at 1530 – 1700  in room G29, Regent Building

Book the course at https://www.abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking/13396.

 

 

Testimonials

Academic Communication sessions helped me overcome some difficulties in communicating in English to a certain extent, such as lack of self-confidence, nervousness, etc. 

I learned to make my expression more natural in different contexts, and also more confident.

Fluency & Communication

Building Confidence in Speaking

 

Description  

This course is for students whose first language is not English and may feel less confident in their speaking skills.  It is intended to be a relaxed, social course where you will be able to share experiences with other students.  It is an opportunity for you to practise your communication skills in a small and safe group environment.  We hope that it will help you to develop your active speaking and listening skills. The more you can speak, the more confident you may feel about your studies.  

Aims 

Develop the ability to: 

  • Speak more confidently  

  • Ask and answer questions 

  • Contribute to discussions 

  • Interact effectively 

  • Ask for clarification when needed 

  • Clarify and explain what you would like to say 

Course details 

Please be aware that the content may change.  This is because once we have started the course, we will listen you what you are interested in.

 

Block 1

Fluency & Communication 1 - Introduction to Aberdeen

Wednesday 1 February at 1530 – 1700 hours in room G27, Regent Building

Book the course at https://www.abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking/13397.

 

Fluency & Communication 2 - Being a student in Aberdeen

Wednesday 8 February at 1530 – 1700 in room G27, Regent Building

Book the course at https://www.abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking/13398.

 

Fluency & Communication 3 - Food & language in Scotland

Wednesday 15 February at 1530 – 1700 in room G27, Regent Building

Book the course at https://www.abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking/13399.

 

Fluency & Communication 4 - Places to visit in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Wednesday 22 February at 1530 – 1700 in room G27, Regent Building

Book the course at https://www.abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking/13400.

 

Fluency & Communication 5 - Culture & festivals

Wednesday 1 March at 1530 – 1700 in room G27, Regent Building

Book the course at https://www.abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking/13401.

 

Fluency & Communication 6 - Cultural norms eg. politeness and written communication

Wednesday 8 March at 1530 – 1700 in room G27, Regent Building

Book the course at https://www.abdn.ac.uk/coursebooking/13402.