The aim of this course is for you to improve your ability to communicate in English for work and study either in the Netherlands or abroad. The course has a strong focus on speaking and writing.|
At the end of this course, you will be able to:
Speak in such a manner that you are intelligible throughout.
- Clearly express and support your opinions both in written and spoken English
- Critically evaluate other people’s opinions both in written and spoken English
- Apply the formal conventions in terms of structure of email correspondence, essays, business proposals and critical evaluations
- Manage the writing process so that communication and meaning are achieved successfully, including reflection on this process
- Analyze the audience you are writing for and adapt style and register accordingly
- Apply a range of vocabulary and grammatical structures accurately at the B2+ level, as well as use spelling and punctuation correctly
- Use a number of supporting language tools to help you write and edit
- Select an appropriate medium and/or genre that matches topic and goal for a specific assignment
- Describe and analyze a topic in a presentation taking into account audience, style and register
- Orally present opinions in an engaging manner
- Evaluate and critique your peers’ performance as well as your own
The course provides you with ample opportunity to practice the skills required for successful communication in the academic and professional realms. With respect to writing, attention is paid to essay writing, the composition of project and business proposals, correspondence and evaluative writing and reporting. As for the speaking part of the course, the ins and outs of (semi-)formal presentations, debate and discussion, and providing oral feedback will be discussed. Besides input on and practice with the activities mentioned above, functional language which is directly relevant to these activities will be introduced. During the course, you complete an extended (productive) skills project in which you work on improving one or more skills of your choice.|
This course is recommended when you are quite confident about your reading and listening skills, but less about your writing and speaking skills. This course is especially recommended when you are in your first and/or second year of studying and do not necessarily want to improve your general level of English, but focus more on using your language in a number of practical contexts.
Type of Instruction
Seminars (13 x 2 hours of class instruction) + presentations
Type of exams
- Skills project
- Writing Assignments
- 1 - Essay
- 2 - Business proposal
- 3 - Correspondence
- 4 - Evaluation
- Speaking Assignments
- 1 - Formal presentation
- 2 - Debate/discussion
• Entry level: CEFR level of at least B1+
• Target level: CEFR level B2+ or higher
• 80% attendance is required
• Learning a language takes time. Apart from attendance and exam preparation, you need to dedicate a considerable amount of time towards independent study. Although the exact number of hours needed to improve your language skills will depend on your current proficiency, age, learning habits and other factors, a significant time investment is needed to successfully complete this course. Therefore, you should carefully consider what your personal workload will be during the semester and consider whether you will be able to invest the time necessary to complete the activities for this course.
• In the event of an insufficient number of participants, the Language Center reserves the right to cancel a course.