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ADTIS In-Sessional - Academic Writing Style Wed 18 Oct 2017   17:00 Finished

Even if the writing of foreign students is grammatically correct and coherent, it can sometimes have an undesired impact on the reader because it is written in the wrong style. Students attending this workshop should bring at least 2 journal articles in their discipline to analyse for writing style.

For those of you who wish to know more about the fascinating history of Cambridge both as a town and a university this session provides a journey through the centuries from the Romans to the Science Park and beyond. In so doing we will touch upon some of the key factors that have shaped the development not only of the town we live and work in but of the country itself.

This end-of-term workshop uses short video clips, reading and discussion to explore an important aspect of British culture, the class system, and how it relates to universities.

ADTIS In-Sessional - Editing and Polishing Your Work Mon 6 Nov 2017   17:00 Finished

So much hard work is compromised due to poor editing. Editing is much more than just simple proof-reading. It involves a critical approach to planning, setting out information, constructing argument, paragraphing, sentencing and ultimately understanding the effect of what we write on the reader. In this workshop we look at a variety of elements in the editing process and we use good models and student work to help us.

ADTIS In-Sessional - Grammar Focus - Modals Wed 25 Oct 2017   17:00 Finished

The most significant grammar mistakes that foreign students make are usually those that greatly change the meaning of the sentence. Modals, such as can or would, are often used to indicate the position of the writer in academic writing, so their inaccurate use can easily give a very different meaning from that intended.

ADTIS In-Sessional - Presentation Skills Practice Wed 29 Nov 2017   17:00 [Places]

Practise your presentation skills and receive peer and tutor feedback. This workshop offers students the chance to give a short presentation, with or without PowerPoint. Its aim is to hone the skills required for an effective presentation, and to practise in a supportive and friendly environment. A maximum 7 students only to present (Please note in the special requirements if you DO NOT wish to present). Students must bring a pre-prepared, short presentation with them on a USB stick; please don’t bring a laptop. Please also bring a printout of your presentation (6 slides per page) to enable better feedback.

In this workshop we will look principally at the components of ‘fast speech’. These include use of weak forms, linking, stress time etc. The aim of the session is both to recognise those aspects of pronunciation which aid listening and to get plenty of practice. Students who have come to previous sessions on pronunciation with me are advised that some material will be repeated.

Foreign students tend to have different pronunciation problems according to their first language. This workshop focuses on a group of related sounds that are often problematic for speakers of Chinese, Japanese and Korean, so these students will be given priority. However, speakers of other languages can register an interest and be placed on a waiting list. They will be given a place if space permits.

Why waste time going to translation dictionaries or just hoping that what you write will be right? The best resource for writing an academic paper in your subject is other papers which you can use as a model for your own writing. In this workshop we look at how to use journal papers and search engines to expand the accuracy and range of your academic vocabulary. Please make sure you bring a paper copy of a well-written journal paper from your field to the workshop.

ADTIS In-Sessional - Writing a PhD Proposal Mon 23 Oct 2017   17:00 Finished

In this workshop we will be looking at how to put together a proposal for an upgrade to a PhD. We will look at criteria and use some past examples from a variety of disciplines to analyse what a really good proposal should look like. Please download any advice or instructions provided by your department and bring them with you.

ADTIS In-Sessional - Writing Emails Wed 8 Nov 2017   17:00 Finished

Have you ever felt that your emails are full of embarrassing mistakes and that you risk saying ‘the wrong thing’ to your supervisors and others? In this session we look at a range of student emails and try to improve them in terms of language and appropriateness.

ADTIS In-Sessional - Writing Good Introductions Thu 23 Nov 2017   17:00 [Places]

In this workshop we examine the principles behind effective introductions in academic writing. We will look at strategies, structure and style and explore some techniques you can use to improve the way you write what can be the most difficult and important part of an academic paper.

CULP: Academic German for Archive Work Workshop Wed 18 Jan 2017   14:00 Finished

The Academic German for Archive Work workshops are offered a number of times during the academic year, based on demand. The sessions are held either at the Language Centre or on the premises of one of the two participating Schools.

CULP: Arabic Basic 1 charged Thu 19 Oct 2017   17:00   [More dates...] In progress

The Programme offers general language tuition with a focus on communicative competence.

At a basic level, the focus is on every day and real-time, oral/aural communication. Each course features a functional-notional syllabus and grammar points are analysed in context.

For more detailed information about the course please visit our website.

The course will take place at the Faculty of Classics, Room 2.03.

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CULP: Arabic Basic 2 charged Wed 18 Oct 2017   17:00 In progress

The Programme offers general language tuition with a focus on communicative competence. At a basic level, the focus is on every day and real-time, oral/aural communication. Each course features a functional-notional syllabus and grammar points are analysed in context.

For more detailed information about the course please go to the Language Centre CULP page at http://www.langcen.cam.ac.uk/lc/culp

CULP: Arabic Elementary 1 charged Tue 17 Oct 2017   17:00 In progress

The Programme offers general language tuition with a focus on communicative competence.

More detailed information is available from the Language Centre.

CULP: Arabic Elementary 2 charged Wed 18 Oct 2017   17:00 In progress

The Programme offers general language tuition with a focus on communicative competence.

More detailed information is available from the Language Centre.

These Portuguese reading courses are designed for researchers, graduate students and staff who have a particular interest in Latin American, Brazilian, Portuguese or Lusophone language, culture and heritage.

They offer linguistic tools that will enable students to comprehend complex texts and produce critical readings and interpretations.

The classes are going to be conducted primarily in English, even though there will be plenty of opportunity for oral and listening practice. The courses feature a listening and speaking component as to prepare student to conduct field work in Portuguese.

The Basic course does not require any knowledge of the language while the prerequisite for the Intermediate course is a CEFR A2 level. The courses offer the possibility of progression and Basic students are strongly encouraged to continue with the Intermediate course.

Please note that these courses are attended by a number of very able, Spanish speaking students of Latin American studies and that the class dynamics are likely to be fast paced. For the rest of the students this might be challenging but also very rewarding and conducive to sound progress.

The courses will start from a Basic level and will aim at:

  • Solidifying strategies of reading of academic texts;
  • Recognition of the compositional structures of the texts;
  • Recognition of basic use of Portuguese grammar units The students will be asked to perform weekly readings of a wide variety of texts.

Alongside with that, they will be requested to do grammar exercises related to the basic structures of the language, such as verbs and their complements.

For more detailed information about the course please visit our website.

The course will take place in the Alison Richard Building (Centre of Latin American Studies), Room 204.

These Portuguese reading courses are designed for researchers, graduate students and staff who have a particular interest in Latin American, Brazilian, Portuguese or Lusophone language, culture and heritage.

They offer linguistic tools that will enable students to comprehend complex texts and produce critical readings and interpretations.

The classes are going to be conducted primarily in English, even though there will be plenty of opportunity for oral and listening practice. The courses feature a listening and speaking component as to prepare student to conduct field work in Portuguese.

The Basic course does not require any knowledge of the language while the prerequisite for the Intermediate course is a CEFR A2 level. The courses offer the possibility of progression and Basic students are strongly encouraged to continue with the Intermediate course.

Please note that these courses are attended by a number of very able, Spanish speaking students of Latin American studies and that the class dynamics are likely to be fast paced. For the rest of the students this might be challenging but also very rewarding and conducive to sound progress.

The courses will start from a Basic level and will aim at:

  • Solidifying strategies of reading of academic texts;
  • Recognition of the compositional structures of the texts;
  • Recognition of basic use of Portuguese grammar units The students will be asked to perform weekly readings of a wide variety of texts.

Alongside with that, they will be requested to do grammar exercises related to the basic structures of the language, such as verbs and their complements.

For more detailed information about the course please visit our website.

The course will take place in the Alison Richard Building (Centre of African Studies), Room 204.

CULP: Chinese (Mandarin) Basic 1 charged Wed 18 Oct 2017   15:00   [More dates...] In progress

The Programme offers general language tuition with a focus on communicative competence.

At a basic level, the focus is on every day and real-time, oral/aural communication. Each course features a functional-notional syllabus and grammar points are analysed in context.

For more detailed information about the course please visit our website.

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Mon 16 Oct 2017 19:00 In progress
Tue 17 Oct 2017 13:00 CANCELLED
Tue 17 Oct 2017 15:00 In progress
CULP: Chinese (Mandarin) Basic 2 charged Wed 18 Oct 2017   13:00   [More dates...] POSTPONED

The Programme offers general language tuition with a focus on communicative competence.

At basic level the focus is on every day and real-time, oral/aural communication. Each course features a functional-notional syllabus and grammar points are analysed in context.

For more detailed information about the course please visit our website.

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Date Availability
Tue 17 Oct 2017 17:30 In progress
CULP: Chinese (Mandarin) Elementary 1 charged Fri 20 Oct 2017   19:00 In progress

The Programme offers general language tuition with a focus on communicative competence.

More detailed information is available from the Language Centre.

CULP: Chinese (Mandarin) Elementary 2 charged Thu 19 Oct 2017   19:00 In progress

The Programme offers general language tuition with a focus on communicative competence.

More detailed information is available from the Language Centre.

CULP: Chinese (Mandarin) Intermediate 1 new charged Mon 16 Oct 2017   19:00 CANCELLED

The Programme offers general language tuition with a focus on communicative competence.

More detailed information is available from the Language Centre.

CULP: French Advanced charged Fri 20 Oct 2017   16:00   [More dates...] In progress

The Programme offers general language tuition with a focus on communicative competence.

At advanced level the focus shifts slightly towards reading and writing whilst still offering plenty an opportunity for oral communication. The syllabus is more topical and the contents feature many a cultural, historical, political and current affairs theme. While the grammar is analysed within a context, explicit grammar instruction becomes an integral part of the course.

One of the aims of the advanced level courses is also presentation skills as the courses aim to cater for the academic needs (i.e. research, conferences) of the students.

More detailed information is available at http://www.langcen.cam.ac.uk/lc/culp

NB: Advanced courses are official, award-bearing University qualifications.

Please also note that the certificates and transcripts are usually issued in July.

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Tue 17 Oct 2017 10:00 In progress
Wed 18 Oct 2017 17:00 In progress
Thu 19 Oct 2017 11:00 In progress
Thu 19 Oct 2017 15:00 In progress
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