This programme is designed for undergraduate or postgraduate students who have met the requirements to join a degree programme at Abertay (and so have been given an unconditional offer), but would like to get a head-start on their studies by boosting their Academic English Skills.
Classes and assignments aim to help you to understand and acclimate to Scottish University culture, giving you a head start before the serious business of studying begins! Specifically we’ll help you to further develop and refine your academic writing and research skills in a challenging yet supportive study environment.
The programme is assessed but, as an unconditional offer-holder, you can choose whether to do these assessments.
You should have met the requirements for the degree you are planning to join, and be in possession of an unconditional offer from Abertay.
This is a full-time, 5 week course with approximately 20 hours of class time each week. (Please note that the final week will be given over to assessments.)
Classes focus on developing the four skills:
Classes are usually in the form of workshops, where you’ll be able to try out the language and ideas presented by your tutors; you’ll also be asked to give presentations, work with other students in groups to complete projects, and to work individually to reflect on your own progress. This will help you to further develop and refine the other skills required for successful study in the UK: critical thinking, independent learning and academic literacy.
In addition, you will also have individual tutorials each week, where you will have the chance to discuss your progress with your own tutor.
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Assessment will cover all four skills described above. Although there will be exams in the final week, the assessment also includes completion of a portfolio of written work during the programme. Your spoken skills will also be assessed throughout the course. However, as an unconditional offer-holder, you can choose whether to do these assessments.