The English Language Hub offers a range of optional academic English workshops - some take place online and some are face-to-face in specific study centres.

Please check this page regularly for the latest academic English workshops.

(Please note: all times are UK time)

Workshop Schedule

Day Date Time SESSION
Wednesday 27-09-2023
14:00-15:00
Academic Writing in English
Thursday 05-10-2023
14:00-15:00
How to Write a Formal Email
Friday 06-10-2023
14:00-15:00
Language Tools for Paraphrasing
Tuesday 10-10-2023
10:00-11:00
Language for Discussions and Group Work
Friday 13-10-2023
14:00-15:00
Grammar Clinic: Cautious Language, Passives and Noun Phrases
Thursday 19-10-2023
14:00-15:00
Presenting in English
Friday 20-10-2023
10:00-11:00
Language Tools for Paraphrasing
Wednesday 25-10-2023
15:00-16:00
Grammar Clinic: Cautious Language, Passives and Noun Phrases
Friday 27-10-2023
10:00-11:00
Vocabulary and Language for Graphs and Charts
Thursday 02-11-2023
13:00-14:00
Language for Critical Writing
Wednesday 08-11-2023
15:00-16:00
Writing an Executive Summary

Workshop Details

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Academic Writing in English

Are you unsure what the main differences are between general and academic English? Had feedback on your writing that your style is too informal? We'll introduce you to the main differences between general and academic English and give you the opportunity to practise your academic writing skills during the workshop.

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Dissertation Café

This is a regular meeting for Master’s students to talk about their dissertations, theses and business transformation projects. Being able to summarise your thesis, defend your methodology and discuss results is key to writing such a long piece of work. The aim of this Dissertation Cafe is to give you the space and strategies to discuss your topics together and help each other. Come along with specific questions. A module lecturer or dissertation supervisor will also join this session from time to time.

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Grammar Clinic: Articles, verb tenses and adjectives

Grammar Clinics are language based workshops where you'll have a chance to review and practice the key grammar points you need for academic writing. In this workshop, we'll focus on articles, verb tenses and adjectives. 

Make sure you attend all three Grammar Clinics:

  1. Articles, verb tenses and adjectives
  2. Conditionals, clauses and linkers
  3. Cautious language, passives and noun phrases 
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Grammar Clinic: cautious language, passives and noun phrases

Grammar Clinics are language based workshops where you'll have a chance to review and practice the key grammar points you need for academic writing. In this workshop, we'll focus on cautious language, passives and noun phrases . 

Make sure you attend all three Grammar Clinics:

  1. Articles, verb tenses and adjectives
  2. Conditionals, clauses and linkers
  3. Cautious language, passives and noun phrases 
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Grammar Clinic: Conditionals, Relative Clauses and Linkers

Grammar Clinics are language based workshops where you'll have a chance to review and practice the key grammar points you need for academic writing. In this workshop, we'll focus on conditionals, relative clauses and linkers. 

Make sure you attend all three Grammar Clinics:

  1. Articles, verb tenses and adjectives
  2. Conditionals, clauses and linkers
  3. Cautious language, passives and noun phrases 
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How to write a formal email

In this workshop, you will learn how to write emails in a formal way. We will discuss how to structure a formal email, formal vs informal language, and intercultural differences when writing emails. It will be an interactive session so please come with your microphones on and be ready to participate.

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Language for Critical Writing

Have you received feedback saying that you need to be more critical in your assignments?  We will introduce you to some sentence structures that are the most commonly used in academic writing to demonstrate critical thinking.

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Language for Discussions and Group Work

Do you struggle with group work or lack confidence when participating in a seminar? This is the workshop for you!! It will provide you with language tips for successful group work and enable you to participate successfully in a seminar or group discussion. In this workshop, you will practise using typical phrases and be able to exchange and challenge ideas appropriately in academic discussions.

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Language Tools for Paraphrasing

Know that you need to paraphrase for your assignments but not sure how? We'll introduce you to key language tools that you can use when taking notes or writing assignments and you'll have the opportunity to practise these skills during the workshop.

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Lunchtime English Discussion Practice

This informal discussion session will offer you the chance to improve your debating and negotiating skills, and provide an opportunity to receive feedback on your English grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation. Come along and discuss the topic of the day and feel free to have lunch while chatting!

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Presenting in English

Delivering presentations in English is an essential part of many courses at Arden. This workshop will guide you in how to present effectively. You'll learn some essential English phrases for organising your presentation and conveying information. We'll help you develop your language for responding to your audience's questions, as well as receiving tips on how to improve your confidence and delivery.

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Quoting Effectively

All academic writing is based on referring to the work of others, but simply dropping a quote into your text is not enough. This workshop will show you how to more effectively integrate quotations into your writing, as well as avoid the common errors students make when using quotes.

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Synthesising sources and showing your voice

Making your voice clear in academic writing is challenging but essential. This workshop will help you to synthesise ideas and show your position to prove your thesis statement while focusing on the language you will need to achieve this.

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Tips to Improve your Essay

These tips are intended to make you reflect on and revise your academic essays and assignments. The workshop is designed to help you better understand how to improve academic writing by considering academic and non-academic features, linkers, academic language and more. There is also an opportunity to practise proofreading and apply what you have learned.

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Vocabulary and Language for Graphs and Charts

Describing information in a graph clearly and accurately can be challenging. We will introduce and practise useful language to indicate changes on a graph to ensure you are able to explain data trends in an effective way

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Writing an Executive Summary

Writing an Executive Summary is a vital academic and professional skill for Business and Project Management students. Come along to this workshop for a step-by-step guide in how to structure the summary, and what language to use to impress the examiners and your future stakeholders! You will also get some practice in the use of language and the structure.