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Course module: BMB427006
English for Academic Purposes (online course)
Course info
Course codeBMB427006
Course goals
Students who complete the course will:
  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. have learned about the most important aspects of academic research writing and how to structure an academic paper;
  7. be better able to write academic papers in English, e.g.:
    • formal style;
    • concise style;
    • cohesive style;
    • proper use of academic vocabulary;
  8. be able to give effective academic presentations 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.
Course description
The English for Academic Purposes online course for life sciences students is taught by teachers from the language institute Babel. This course teaches students how to write academic texts and give academic presentations in English. It focuses on the formalities, vocabulary, and conventions specific to academic science writing and speaking.

The course involves seven plenary online meetings and three e-learning modules, and students must invest 3-5 hours of self-study per week.

To pass the course, students must attend at least six online plenary meetings, give a presentation, complete all e-learning modules, and submit a paper.

Teachers from Babel, Utrecht.
Course coordination from GSLS by Anastasia Kurysheva, PhD (

Please note: This course is offered by an external provider and is expensive. Sign up in a responsible way, as dropouts will disable fellow students from participating in the course and create unnecessary costs for the School which prevent other courses from happening.

Registration for the course will be through OSIRIS Student. If the number of registrations exceeds the number of spots, priority will be given to second-year students. The rest of the places will be assigned by lottery. In the table below the corresponding registration periods (code) 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 GSLS Students' Site.
The maximum number of participants per group is 10, the minimum is 4.

The course is taught six times a year. The exact dates are displayed in the table below.

Teaching Schedule
The lessons in this course are taught between 19:15 and 21:15. Before the start of the course, Babel will send you information about the classes, the online learning environment for the e-modules, and will ask you to perform a placement test (see details below).
Group: group 1 group 2 group 3 group 4 group 5 group 6
  Monday  Monday  Wednesday  Monday Monday Wednesday 
1 04-09-2023 13/11/2023 15/11/2023 05/02/2024 22/04/2024 24/04/2024
2 e-module e-module e-module e-module e-module e-module
3 18/09/2023 27/11/2023 29/11/2023 19/02/2024 06/05/2024 08/05/2024
4 e-module e-module e-module e-module e-module e-module
5 02/10/2023 11/12/2023 13/12/2023 04/03/2024 27/05/2024 22/05/2024
6 09/10/2023 18/12/2023 20/12/2023 11/03/2024 03/06/2024 29/05/2024
7 e-module e-module e-module e-module e-module e-module
8 23/10/2023 15/01/2024 17/01/2024 25/03/2024 17/06/2024 12/06/2024
9 30/10/2023 22/01/2024 24/01/2024 08/04/2024 24/06/2024 19/06/2024
10 06/11/2023 29/01/2024 31/01/2024 15/04/2024 01/07/2024 26/06/2024
reserve 13/11/2023 05/02/2024 07/02/2024 22/04/2024 08/07/2024 03/07/2024

Prerequisite knowledge
Before the start of the course, you will receive an invitation from Babel ( to a placement test. This test takes 60 minutes and is obligatory to determine your starting level. The educational content of this course will be tailored to your current level of English. Babel's placement test can be found here.

If you are a student from a Master’s programme not affiliated with the GSLS, we kindly ask you to contact the course coordinator before signing up for this course in order to determine if the course fits with your study programme.

Literature/study material used:
Textbook (Science Research Writing), e-learning modules, and where appropriate, PDFs or weblinks (for example to grammar exercises) will be shared with students with supplementary information or materials.

Mandatory for students in Master’s programme

Optional for students in other GSLS Master’s programmes
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