How can my students get help?

Learning in English will be new to most of your students, too! Here’s all the support they need.

Academic Writing Support

KI Academic Writing Support helps students improve their academic communication skills. Students can make appointments free of charge to discuss their work and receive professional feedback on the structure, style and language of their texts. For quick questions about writing and language-related issues, or to receive feedback on shorter texts, students are also welcome to stop by the weekly drop-in sessions.

This support service helps students identify areas in their writing that would benefit from revision and provides them with the tools needed to work on the specific texts they need help with as well as improve their English-language writing skills overall.

Academic Writing Support also offers workshops on topics such as:
·         Using sources effectively and avoiding plagiarism
·         Academic writing - writing clearly  
·         Giving an oral presentation
·         Reading academic texts in English
·         Improving your study skills

Workshops can be ordered by teachers as a complement to their courses, and cost 850 SEK per hour. More information can be found on KIB's website. Get in touch by contacting Academic Writing Support.

These services are available to students who write in Swedish as well.

Linguistic tools

Your students may need help in understanding the academic language and terminology of your courses. These links will provide them with help:

Dictionaries

  • Macmillan dictionary (British English): a dictionary for everyday vocabulary, including pronunciation in standard British English.
  • Merriem-Webster dictionary (American English): a dictionary for everyday vocabulary, including pronunciation in standard American English.
  • InterActive Terminology for Europe (IATE): Technical translation database set up by the European Union from any European source language to any European target language. Make sure that your students choose the correct domain of application.
  • The Common Error Detector: The spell checker in Word is not perfect; it misses some grammar, vocabulary and academic style mistakes. This program will help your students get feedback on some of the common vocabulary problems in their writing that word processor spell checkers often miss. It will not find all errors, only some common ones English language specialists find in students' academic writing. Students will still need to proofread the text themselves as well.
  • Quizlet and Memrise: These sites are useful if you want your students to create collaborative vocabulary lists which the whole class can use.

Podcasts

Here you will find some podcasts addressing the specific challenges that students face in classrooms taught through Englis, made by the Université libre de Bruxelles. All the information below is specially tailored for the difficulties posed to students by English-Medium Instruction.

  • Studying in English will explain the particular issues your students will be confronted to by learning in a language which is not their mother tongue and suggest techniques and strategies to help them.
  • Technical language will show students ways of finding domain-specific terminology in relation to your field of study.
  • Taking notes in English will explain the benefits of taking notes, describe the mechanisms behind this useful skill, as well as provide students with tips on taking effective notes during lectures.
  • Preparing examinations in English will provide students with techniques and strategies to prepare them to take their exams in English, and alleviate the stress caused by being assessed in a language which is not their own.

Learning in English at university

Some students from the Université libre de Bruxelles (Belgium) share their thoughts on learning in English.

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