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Academic English: achieve your potential

Develop the Academic English skills you need for higher education

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This course is designed for you if you're looking to develop your academic English writing skills in order to achieve your full potential in your under- and/or post-graduate studies. You will benefit from this course whether or not you have existing experience in academia.

In this course, we explore the core skills required for each stage of the writing process, including developing a research question, reading efficiently, planning effectively, writing cohesively, referencing correctly and editing effectively.

We look specifically at writing a research paper (such as an end-of-term essay). The skills you learn through this process will be incredibly useful later on in a dissertation or thesis.

There are 15 content modules. Each module covers a component of the writing process and includes the following elements:

  • Key points on the topic
  • A short video lecture discussing the topic in more dept
  • An interactive quiz to reinforce important concepts
  • A task to complete in a personalised portfolio
  • A set of thought-provoking questions to reflect on

Time wise, it should take you around 45 minutes to complete each module. However, as we're all different, you should decide how long to spend exploring each concept, depending on your existing skills and your level of interest.

You can access this course on your desktop, tablet or mobile phone. All you need is an internet connection.

By working through each module (and you can follow them in any order you like), you'll create a solid foundation to achieve your full potential in your studies. Once you have the skills to write an academic paper, you can focus on more fully on integrating your unique voice into your writing.


Your Instructor


Steven Roberts
Steven Roberts

Hi, I'm Steve!

I'll be guiding you through your learning in this course.

When I follow an online course, it's important for me to know a little about my tutor. After all, we're learning from a person and not a computer! So here's a broad overview of my experience and interests.

During my career as an English teacher, teacher trainer, lecturer and academic technology specialist in both developing and developed environments, I've become passionate about enabling access to quality education in a way that supports your unique learning process.

There's so much information 'out there' that it's intimidating. How do we know what content we can trust? What combination of information is relevant to what we need to know? And, of course, what do we do with the information we find so that we can learn from it and apply it to our own lives?

This course therefore aims to create a well-sequenced, interactive and engaging environment that not only helps you learn but leaves you with a useful resource (your personalised portfolio) that you can refer back to throughout your studies and use to advocate for yourself.

Essentially, I wanted to create a course that didn't lecture at you but rather involve you in a way that is relevant, productive and enables you to access new opportunities.

I've had the opportunity to work for some amazing employers, including Stanford University, The University of Hong Kong, The British Council and the International Development Programme. I have worked in several parts of Asia, Europe, Africa and North America. This exposure has given me the chance to experience different cultures, a range of learner types, and the requirements of a range of institutions.

Some of my previous work roles have been: Academic English Instructor, Lecturer, Instructional Designer, Teacher Trainer, English Teacher, Academic Technology Specialist.

And my studies include: a Masters in Education and International Development (University of London); a Masters in Digital Technologies, Communication and Education (Manchester University); a Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults (Cambridge University); and a Bachelors of Social Science (University of Cape Town).

While I'm passionate about teaching and learning, I'm also a yogi and a piano fanatic!

Now that you know a bit about me, explore the course curriculum below and enrol today!


Class Curriculum


  Exploring academic genres
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  Sharing your unique voice without plagiarising
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  Giving your foundation structure
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  Citing and referencing correctly
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  Promoting readability: introductions, conclusions and editing techniques
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  Final thoughts and feedback
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Frequently Asked Questions


How long do I have access to the course?
After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like.
When does the course start and finish?
This is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
Do I have to complete one topic in order to access the next one?
No. You can complete the topics in any order you like - it's completely up to you!
What if I am unhappy with the course?
I would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact me in the first 5 days and you will receive a full refund.

If you are an institution and would like to enquire about a group discount, please contact me.

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