Academic English Language and Skills Training

2021-22 courses and tutorials

**Booking now open!**

The Doctoral College’s academic language and skills training is aimed at doctoral students whose first language is not English. The programme runs in semester 2 and is delivered by the University’s Brighton Student Skills Hub.

In 2021-22, our training comprises:

  • a five-week academic writing skills course (in Microsoft Teams)
  • a two-week academic speaking skills course on presenting your ideas (in person)
  • 16 bookable one-to-one tutorials from March to June (in Microsoft Teams)

The courses are developmental and designed to help you learn and improve your language skills while the tutorials are more targeted and can support you on a specific piece of work. Students are allowed one tutorial per year each unless spare places become available.

See below for details and how to book your place on courses and tutorials.

Five-week academic writing skills course

Communicating clearly with your reader

The syllabus is flexible in order to respond to student needs. The workshops include time for reviewing students’ writing and also introduce tools and resources for independent study. This five-week course runs twice: Tuesday afternoons in Feb/March and Friday mornings in May/June.

Workshops will include the following:

  • Developing academic vocabulary and style
  • Sentence structure
  • Paragraph structure and signposting
  • Summarising and synthesising skills
  • Editing and improving your draft writing

The course comprises 5 two-hour seminars and takes place online in Microsoft Teams. It is recommended that where possible you attend all 5 sessions in order to benefit fully from the developmental aspect of the course.

Please bring draft copies of your research plan or current chapter to each session.

Writing skills course 1: Tuesdays, 15.00-17.00 (online)

  • 15 February
  • 22 February
  • 1 March
  • 8 March
  • 15 March

Book your Feb/March writing skills course place on PhD Manager

Writing skills course 2 (repeat): Fridays, 10.00-12.00 (online)

  • 06 May
  • 13 May
  • 20 May
  • 27 May
  • 03 June

Book your May/June writing skills course place on PhD Manager

“The changes I made for my literature review based on the feedback moved the quality of my writing to the next level … I really enjoyed [the tutor’s] calm, clear teaching style”

Zhenqi, PhD student

Two-week academic speaking skills course

Presenting your ideas clearly

This course comprises 2 two-hour workshops which focus on developing your confidence and clarity in explaining and presenting your ideas verbally in different academic contexts. This will include an opportunity to give a short presentation and receive feedback from your peers and tutor.

Workshops will include the following:

  • Communicating clearly with your supervisors
  • Explaining your research (e.g. concepts, theories, reading)
  • Presenting ideas to an audience
  • Feedback on clarity of spoken language

Tuesdays, 14.00-16.00 (in person)

Huxley 406, Moulsecoomb

  • 29 March
  • 05 April

Book your speaking skills course place on PhD Manager

“Really useful … All the time the tutor was pushing us to talk and participate in the class”

Abeer, PhD student

One-to-one language support tutorials March – May

A number of one-to-one tutorial slots are available for booking March-June 2022. To arrange a tutorial, please complete our request form (see below) at least two weeks before you require a tutorial, You will be asked to select your preferred month for a tutorial. After submitting your form, you will be contacted by the tutors to arrange a mutually convenient time.

Complete our request form to arrange a 60 minute language tutorial

“Constructive, positive feedback made me feel good about studying … Helped me tremendously in recognising my strengths and weaknesses in academic writing”

Eeva, PhD student

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