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English for Academic Purposes - introduction

Welcome to Academia!
Course outline
By the end of the lesson you will be able to:

- recognise the concepts associated with academic discourse communities and academic
- understand how achieving EAP learning outcomes will aid your learning process in academic



Do you prefer to study in the

mornings or evenings?
Do you delay when it comes to
starting your assignments?
Do you prefer to study with the
TV/music/Facebook turned off or
Do you like to be in charge when
working in groups?
Do you prefer to study in your
room, a library or a cafe?
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Do you need to be reminded of

upcoming deadlines?
Do you prefer to learn from books
or videos/lectures?
Do you get distracted easily?
Are you good with time
management when it comes to
writing essays or studying for an
Do you think you will remember
to speak English even when
studying with friends from your

Imagine Academia is a country. List its features under the following headings:

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In pairs/small groups, brainstorm types of university assessments and tasks.

What skills will you have to use (develop) in order to complete these assessments
successfully? Think of both language and study skills.

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Decide which of these skills will help you with each of the university tasks. Evaluate
your proficiency in these skills on a scale from 1-5.
Analysing, evaluating and writing thesis statements
Choosing relevant sources and composing reference lists using Harvard
referencing system
Critical reading
Developing plans from titles/instructions
Developing a clear argument, expanding and supporting points of view in detail
with supporting points and relevant examples.
Employing a variety of roles in a seminar
Formally discussing specialized subjects, which involve exchange of factual infor
mation, discussion of opinions, or solutions to problems
Identifying and recognising common types of academic literature/Identifying
the purpose of a text
Identifying and using hedging language
Paraphrasing using noun and verb transformations
Planning a text
Predicting and recognising logical order of information in a text
Recognising and evaluating paragraph structure (topic sentences, supporting

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Useful for?


Recognising in-text references (expressed through a paraphrase, summary or a

quotation) in academic texts
Repeating stages of the writing process
Selecting and employing the most effective note-taking strategies
Selecting key points
Summarising (lecture notes, academic articles etc.)
Understanding and identifying cohesive language in a text
Understanding features of an academic seminar
Understanding the purpose and process of incorporating the ideas of others into
your own work (synthesis, paraphrase, summary, direct quotations)
Understanding verbs in essay titles
Understanding which features of style make a text academic; applying academic
style rules
Understanding the functions of the different parts of an essay.
Writing an academic paragraph, which develops an argument, giving reasons in s
upport of or against a particular point of view

Course overview, assessments and classroom rules. Take notes below.

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Prepared by Antoinette Gregory, EAP Tutor