Advanced Academic English: English Proficiency for Presentations


Communication Skills

Target group

Members of the Doctoral Schools


Participants should be fluent in English. They should be able to present their research topic and engage in discussions about academic subjects in English but still make mistakes.  


The course is aimed at improving the language skills needed for oral presentations at conferences or other academic meetings. Participants will learn how to present their research topic more fluently, clearly and accurately.


This course focuses on correct language use in academic presentations. It includes presentation tasks such as introduction of speakers and descriptions or explanations of objects, processes & figures. These academic assignments will be used to tackle topics such as pronunciation control, academic vocabulary expansion and grammatical accuracy. In the latter category, the course practices and discusses common pitfalls such as tense use, adjective versus adverb use, relative clauses and conditionals.
Placement test: No

Time schedule & Venue

Course code Dates 1st semester 2018-2019    (1 course = 4*3 hrs)
Teaching room/Venue
PROP-1819-01 weekly on Monday starting 19 November 2018, ending 10 December 2018 from 13:30 - 16:30 room V8, UCT, University Language Center, Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 136, Gent
Dates 2nd semester 2018-2019    (1 course = 4*3 hrs)
PROP-1819-02 weekly on Thursday starting 14 February, ending 7 March 2019 from 9:00 - 12:00 room V8, UCT, University Language Center, Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 136, Gent


Note: Please bring your own coffee/refreshments. The Doctoral Schools don’t provide these unless mentioned otherwise.

Registration procedure

You can not register for this course if you have already followed the course 'Advanced Academic English: Conference Skills'.

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If the course is fully booked, you can register on the waiting list:

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Registration fee

Free of charge for the members of the Doctoral Schools. The no show policy applies: no-show policy UGent



Number of participants


Evaluation criteria (doctoral training programme)

During the final session, the students hold a short presentation about their research topic fit for an educated lay audience. They will be evaluated with a specific focus on linguistic features. This course counts as 1 transferable skills training in the cluster Communication skills.