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Course module: BMB427006
English for Academic Purposes (online course)
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 persondr. S. Pachis
Contactperson for the course
dr. S. Pachis
Other courses by this lecturer
Teaching period
BMS_P1_A  (31/08/2020 to 08/11/2020)
Teaching period in which the course begins
BMS_P1_A/  BMS_P1_B/  BMS_P2_A/  BMS_P2_B/  BMS_P3_A/  BMS_P3_B/  BMS_P4_A/  BMS_P4_B
Time slot-: Not in use
Study mode
RemarkCourse may only be performed as part of the elective component and is taught online.
Enrolment periodfrom 02/06/2020 up to and including 28/06/2020
Course application processadministratie onderwijsinstituut
Enrolling through OSIRISYes
Enrolment open to students taking subsidiary coursesYes
Post-registration openfrom 17/08/2020 up to and including 14/09/2020
Waiting listYes
Course placement processadministratie onderwijsinstituut
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):  Eight times a year, 2 groups per period. The exact dates are displayed in the table below.
Teachers from Babel Talen, Utrecht
For course content related questions or contact with Lecturers, please contact Alison Brown (
For matters regarding the GSLS and course registration, please contact the GSLS course coordinator coupled as contact person to this course.

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.

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.

During the course period, 10 online meetings of 2 hours will take place. Students need to invest 3-5 hours of self-study per week. A list with all the exact dates for the online meetings during the whole year can be found in Osiris. All online meetings are scheduled from 19:15-21:15h.
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 where appropriate, PDFs or weblinks (for example to grammar exercises) will be shared with students with supplementary information or materials.
Registration is on a "first come, first served" basis. Registration for the courses will be through OSIRIS Student. In the table below the corresponding registration periods for each edition have been added under the group number, to indicate which one you should use when registering via Osiris Student. More information about the registration procedure can be found here on the Studyguide.
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.

Teaching Schedule:

The course is taught online from 19:15 – 21:15. Before the start of the course the teacher (Babel) will send you information about the online learning environment.
Group: group 1 group 2 group 3 group 4 group 5 group 6 group 7 group 8
  Monday  Tuesday  Monday  Tuesday  Monday Tuesday Monday Tuesday 
1 31-8-2020 1-9-2020 9-11-2020 10-11-2020 8-2-2021 9-2-2021 26-4-2021 4-5-2021
2 7-9-2020 8-9-2020 16-11-2020 17-11-2020 15-2-2021 16-2-2021 3-5-2021 11-5-2021
3 14-9-2020 15-9-2020 23-11-2020 24-11-2020 22-2-2021 23-2-2021 10-5-2021 18-5-2021
4 21-9-2020 22-9-2020 30-11-2020 1-12-2020 1-3-2021 2-3-2021 17-5-2021 25-5-2021
5 28-9-2020 29-9-2020 7-12-2020 8-12-2020 8-3-2021 9-3-2021 31-5-2021 1-6-2021
6 5-10-2020 6-10-2020 14-12-2020 15-12-2020 15-3-2021 16-3-2021 7-6-2021 8-6-2021
7 12-10-2020 13-10-2020 11-1-2021 12-1-2021 22-3-2021 23-3-2021 14-6-2021 15-6-2021
8 19-10-2020 20-10-2020 18-1-2021 19-1-2021 29-3-2021 30-3-2021 21-6-2021 22-6-2021
9 26-10-2020 27-10-2020 25-1-2021 26-1-2021 12-4-2021 6-4-2021 28-6-2021 29-6-2021
10 2-11-2020 3-11-2020 1-2-2021 2-2-2021 19-4-2021 13-4-2021 12-7-2021 6-7-2021
reserve 9-11-2020 10-11-2020 8-2-2021 9-2-2021 26-4-2021 20-4-2021 19-7-2021 13-7-2021
reserve 16-11-2020 17-11-2020 15-2-2021 16-2-2021 3-5-2021 4-5-2021   20-7-2021
Entry requirements
Prerequisite knowledge
Sufficient knowledge of the English language
Required materials
Instructional formats
Basic lecture


Online Education



Final result
Test weight100
Minimum grade-

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