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Durham University

DCAD: English Language Support

30 Week Course

The 30 week course is ideal for students needing a more extended period of preparation before starting their Durham Univesrity degree programme.

Starting in January, you will spend 20 weeks learning the language, skills and techniques needed to:

  • write effective, well organised paragraphs in a variety of academic styles
  • write academic texts using information from single or multiple sources
  • plan and write assignments of various types that are encountered in the University
  • understand the processes required for reading and writing in an academic context
  • read a range of academic articles and other texts, making appropriate notes to support assignment writing
  • produce grammatically correct sentences, using complex structures and language
  • speak and listen in university seminars and tutorials
  • listen to and make notes in lectures

After your first 20 weeks, you will move to a more discipline specific class, where you will continue your academic journey by spending 10 weeks further developing and enhancing these skills in areas that are relevant to your future degree programme. By the end of the programme, you should be able to:

  • Effectively read & navigate academic articles and other text types
  • Make effective and useful notes and be able to move from notes to writing
  • Summarise arguments from several sources and synthesise these in order to express an academic position
  • Avoid plagiarism through effective notetaking strategies, drafting and re-drafting of writing, and through academic acknowledgement (citation and referencing)
  • Give effective and appropriate formal presentations and participate effectively in discussion seminars
  • Use the online library catalogues, databases and e-journals

In order to sucessfully complete the 30 week course, you will need to have attendance of at least 90% and reach the required level in your assessments.

Course Details

Dates: 14 January 2019 - 20 September 2019 (you will have a break at Easter and another short break before the summer)

Cost: £13,500 GBP

Qualification Awarded: Certificate of Completion