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Course module: BMB427006
English for Academic Purposes
Course info
Course codeBMB427006
ECTS Credits3
Category / LevelM (Master)
Course typeElective
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byFaculty of Medicine; Graduate School of Life Sciences; Graduate School of Life Sciences, fac. GNK;
Contact personE. Herold, MSc
Contactperson for the course
E. Herold, MSc
Other courses by this lecturer
Teaching period
MASTER  (21/08/2017 to 18/08/2018)
Teaching period in which the course begins
Time slot-: Not in use
Study mode
RemarkCourse may only be performed as part of the elective component.
Course application processadministratie onderwijsinstituut
Enrolling through OSIRISNo
Enrolment open to students taking subsidiary coursesNo
Waiting listNo
Course placement processadministratie onderwijsinstituut
Course goals
At the end of the course students
  1. have enlarged their academic vocabulary;
  2. have more insight into important grammatical structures;
  3. know what collocations are and how to use them appropriately;
  4. know the structure of an effective presentation;
  5. know what their own strengths and weaknesses are in writing and presenting;
  6. know what the information elements are in parts of their academic paper;
  7. are better able to write academic papers in English, e.g.:
    • formal style;
    • concise style;
    • cohesive style;
    • proper use of academic vocabulary;
  8. are more able to give an effective presentation in English:
    • opening and closing a presentation;
    • signposting the organisation;
    • referring to visuals;
    • handling questions; 
    • adopting the right posture and using gestures;
    •  involving the audience;
  9. have acquired self-study strategies for independent learning;
  10. have learnt how to give feedback both orally and in writing.
Period (from – till): Seven times a year. The exact dates are displayed in the table below.
Teachers from Babel Talen, Utrecht

Course description
The Babel Language Institute organises an 'English for academic purposes' course specifically for Life Sciences students. You can take this course as part of your elective component, if your programme coordinator agrees.
Please note: Because this course is expensive, and will be a bonus to your cv, a fee of €40 per student is charged. This fee must be paid upon registration.

This English for Academic Purposes course focuses on giving academic presentations and writing an academic paper. The students’ own subjects will be used as a basis for language work. We will consider some essential elements of a presentation: opening, closing, signposting the organisation, referring to visuals, handling questions, adopting the right body language, and involving the audien­ce. Students will learn how to give feedback and will improve their oral fluency and their vocabulary throughout the course.
Furthermore, we will focus on language aspects relating to writing an academic paper. We will analyse its information and look at language conventions. Moreover, we will discuss some issues involving punctuation, formal and informal English, wordiness and the use of linking words. 
This course aims to develop and improve the writing and presenting skills students need in their master programme. In addition, students will activate and expand their vocabulary and improve their fluency in English.

The course length is 10 meetings of 2 hours. Students need to invest 3-5 hours of self-study per week. Students will pass the course if they attend at least nine meetings, have given a presentation, and have handed in a paper.

Literature/study material used
Textbook (writing and presenting scientific papers) and loose-leaf material will be handed out during the meetings.

You can apply for this course f starting from June 1st and registration is on a "first come, first served" basis. You can register for the course by handing in the completed form at the BMS administration office.
Applications before June 1st will not be taken into account. The maximum number of participants  per group is 10, the minimum 6.

Mandatory for students in Master’s programme

Optional for students in other GSLS Master’s programme:

Prerequisite knowledge
The English proficiency is of an upperintermediate to advanced level.
  Group 1
Sep 2017
Monday 17.45 – 19.45h
Group 2
Sep 2017
Tuesday 17.45 – 19.45h
Group 3
Nov 2017
Monday 17.45 – 19.45h
Group 4
Nov 2017
Tuesday 17.45 – 19.45h
Group 5
Feb 2018
Tuesday 17.45 – 19.45h
Group 6
Feb 2018
Wednesday 17.45 –
Group 7
Apr 2018
Tuesday 17.45 – 19.45h
1 04-09-17 05-09-17 13-11-17 14-11-17 06-02-18 07-02-18 24-04-18
2 11-09-17 12-09-17 20-11-17 21-11-17 13-02-18 14-02-18 01-05-18
3 18-09-17 19-09-17 27-11-17 28-11-17 20-02-18 21-02-18 08-05-18
4 25-09-17 26-09-17 04-12-17 05-12-17 27-02-18 28-02-18 15-05-18
5 02-10-17 03-10-17 11-12-17 12-12-17 06-03-18 07-03-18 22-05-18
6 09-10-17 10-10-17 18-12-17 19-12-17 13-03-18 14-03-18 29-05-18
7 16-10-17 17-10-17 08-01-18 09-01-18 20-03-18 21-03-18 05-06-18
8 23-10-17 24-10-17 15-01-18 16-01-18 27-03-18 28-03-18 12-06-18
9 30-10-17 31-10-17 22-01-18 23-01-18 03-04-18 04-04-18 19-06-18
10 06-11-17 07-11-17 29-01-18 30-01-18 10-04-18 11-04-18 26-06-18
reserve 13-11-17 14-11-17 05-02-18 06-02-18 17-04-18 18-04-18 03-07-18
reserve 20-11-17 21-11-17 12-02-18 13-02-18 24-04-18 25-04-18 10-07-18
Entry requirements
Prerequisite knowledge
Sufficient knowledge of the English language
Required materials
Instructional formats
Basic lecture




Final result
Test weight100
Minimum grade-

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