Academic English

Course information

The objective of this course is developing and improving the students’ accuracy in using English in an academic context. This course concentrates on writing in an academic context, expanding speaking and writing fluency as well as building vocabulary.


• Writing an essay assignment counting 1000-1200 words
• Analyzing, extending and refreshing aspects of grammar and vocabulary associated mainly with academic writing
• Learning strategies and techniques necessary in producing cohesive and coherent academic texts
• Raising awareness of register in language, i.e. non-academic versus academic, formal versus informal 
• Giving and receiving peer and teacher feedback on the writing assignment
• Doing exercises that aim to stimulate analytical thinking

Speaking and fluency

• Expanding academic vocabulary
• Using correct grammatical structures 
• Addressing pronunciation difficulties
• Working on presentation skills
• Increasing confidence in oral communication through discussions and presentations
• Using software such as PowerPoint to support presentations

 Vocabulary building

• Keeping a vocabulary portfolio
• Analyzing word families
• Doing exercises that stimulate vocabulary acquisition

The language level of this course is comparable to the level of English Advanced 1 (B2.2/C1.1).

If you are interested in taking an IELTS test, we recommend you sign up for our course IELTS Exam Preparation after Academic English.

If you successfully complete this course, you will receive a certificate.


The intake procedure for this course comprises: intake interview, online test, written assignment

Course materials

Cambridge Academic English advanced, € 40
The course material is not included in the course price. If you buy the books via UvA Talen, you will receive them from the teacher during the first lesson.

Schedule and registration

This course can also be taken as an intensive summer course.

Day(s) Start End Time Hours Price
Mon-Tue-Wed-Thu-Fri 10 Aug 2020 28 Aug 2020 09:00 - 11:00 30 620 Enrol NOW!
Tuesdays & Thursdays 06 Oct 2020 24 Nov 2020 19:00 - 21:00 30 620 Enrol NOW!