University of Oxford
OverviewThe Oxford Debate Campus Course helps international students improve their academic written and spoken communication. The course is combined with online and onsite lessons. It is designed 8 Saturdays online lessons, 2 weeks of residential onsite lessons and 4 Saturdays online lessons. The course is taught by specialists in Academic English and designed to meet the needs of students. The students will build skills and increase their confidence.
During the online lessons, the course follows the same curriculum and the same quality of experience as in-person offering. The students will not miss out on personal feedback and social interactions. The students will have the opportunity to meet and socialize with students in a virtual classroom environment.
Over the weeks, students will learn to write well-organised papers in a style appropriate to their discipline for their presentation. Students will practise their spoken English, learning how to express their ideas concisely, and to interact appropriately with others in seminar style classes and during presentations. Furthermore, students will receive advice and practice on improving their listening skills.
- Write academic English for different audiences and purposes
- Understand grammatical aspects of language that pose difficulty for non-native writers
- Read more effectively, with increased efficiency and speed
- Improve their pronunciation and learn to speak confidently in lectures, seminars and tutorials
- Develop academic study skills such as searching for information and referencing sources
ProgrammesThe Oxford Debate Campus is composed of 2 parts: Academic Written Communication and Academic Spoken Communication. The part 1 Academic Written Communication is designed for international students who have very little experience in academic writing and want to develop their basic knowledge of English syntax and academic writing and to advance their competence in using academic language to perform satisfactorily in their written work.
The programme introduces a foundational understanding of the organisation of ideas in common types of academic texts, as well as the skills needed to communicate effectively and to develop their competence in the use of the grammar, vocabulary, expressions, style and conventions typically used in academic writing.
The part 2 Academic Spoken Communication is designed to develop further and practice a student’s ability to understand academic speech as used in a variety of academic contexts, and to participate actively in presentations.
Students perform a variety of spoken tasks designed to improve their use of English. These activities include simulations of seminar discussions, mini-presentations, role plays and problem-solving tasks.
Students practise aspects of pronunciation that are common in academic discourse, including the use of voice tone, pausing and stress.
Students focus on academic literacy skills and self-learning to continue to positively impact themselves following the course. Students are helped to identify their strengths and weaknesses and receive regular feedback on their performance to monitor progress.
- Develop essential knowledge of the organisation of ideas in common academic texts such as essays, reports, dissertations, and publications and to integrate ideas from the literature into the student’s writing
- Improve the organisation and expression of arguments, evidence and stance in writing
- Develop use of essential academic grammar, vocabulary and style
- Improve listening comprehension by working on macro-listening skills (listening for meaning in context) and micro-listening skills (listening to decontextualised English in fun activities)
- Better perform spoken functions common in academic discourse, such as describing a process, or engaging in a debate on a contentious issue
- Use study skills effectively to continue to grow the accuracy and fluency of their spoken language, with a focus on conversational vocabulary items that are common in academic verbal discussions but less common in written English.
- Improve their pronunciation through classroom input and self-study, while working towards the goal of comfortable intelligibility
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It is advisable that the participant has the following proficiency in English to take the course.
- TOEFL CBT® 213～283
- TOEFL PBT® 550～657
- TOEFL iBT® 80～116
- IELTS 6.0～7.5
- TOEIC ® 820～970
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