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Course Details

This course is for non-native speakers of English and provides the opportunity to develop the communication skills needed for teaching and for wider academic practice. The focus will be on speaking and writing clearly in English, and on being able to make use of appropriate styles for a range of contexts. Participants will be expected to give a short presentation on a subject connected with their field, and submit written assignments for peer and tutor feedback during the term. Classes will be 2 hours per week for 8 weeks. Participants will be required to attend all classes and to complete some tasks outside class time.

By the end of the course participants will be able to:

  • understand and use a range of vocabulary to support teaching and academic practice
  • give a presentation on their research topic
  • give feedback on the work of others in the class
  • produce a written argument on their research topic
  • access a range of resources to support their language development 

Intended For

Graduate research students and postdoctoral researchers who are non-native speakers of English. Applicants will be required to undertake a pre-course assessment.

Number of Places


Course leader

Deborah Mason, Oxford University Language Centre


TBC for the 2017-18 academic year

RDF Skills 

A1, D2, D3

The Researcher Development Framework (RDF) provides a framework for planning and supporting the personal, professional and career development of graduate students and research staff. See the following for more details:

The Researcher Development Framework page.

The Researcher Training Tool (click on Researcher Development)

Vitae (Vitae is a national organisation dedicated to realising the potential of researchers through supporting their professional and career development.)


To apply for a place on this course you will need to submit a short written essay. Details will be published here when the dates of the next course are released. 

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