Conference skills: Academic posters (=module)

Content information

Starting level:
Advanced knowledge of English. By the second session, the students bring an academic poster to use as course and evaluation material.

The participants learn how to structure, finetune and present their academic poster.

Content: We start this module with a general analysis of a proper poster presentation (advantages and disadvantages, target audience and goal). We start from the general characteristics of a well-designed poster (balance between text and visual information, lay-out, font type, colours, type of language etc.) and use these parameters to discuss a number of example posters from different academic fields. During the second session, students bring their own posters, which are discussed through peer feedback and teacher assessment, based on the criteria described in the first part. Therefore it is important that all participants are present at both sessions. If you cannot participate in one of both sessions we advise that you register for another set of sessions altogether.
In the final part, we discuss the oral presentation of a posters: how do you make contact, how do you talk about your poster, etc.

Placement test: No

Evaluation and testing: The students give a short presentation about a poster which they have designed themselves.
The course may count toward doctoral schooling (1 credit).

Administrative data

Course abbreviation: ACPO

Programme: VTO

Course fees

Please contact Elke Weylandt  ()

Useful info

Special information:

  • Doctoral students who are affiliated with the Doctoral Schools can only enter via the Doctoral Schools Support Unit (
  • This course is a module of Advanced Academic English - Conference skills

Course book: UCT course book. You will receive this book from your language teacher in class.

Belongs to the series: Advanced Academic English: conference skills (continuous training)


Number of tuition hours: 6

Nr. of hours per week: 2 X 3

Course book available at: UCT

For who?: -Doctoral Schools UGent