Academic English Course for Students and Academic Staff in Mexico City (Spring 2008)
Este curso está dirigido a académicos, estudiantes y otras personas que tienen necesidad y deseo de desarrollar textos académicos en inglés. El mismo está dirigido a personas con un nivel intermedio, alto o avanzado del idioma, quienes necesitan mejorar o actualizar su inglés en un entorno académico para poder entrar en contacto y comunicarse con fluidez en conferencias internacionales, donde presenten sus trabajos e investigaciones así como su presencia en instituciones donde el idioma ingles es la lengua de instrucción. Los cursos han sido desarrollados, en particular, para los Delegados en las actividades académicas que organiza Enkidu Magazine, pero son abiertos a toda persona que desee mejorar su inglés.
Courses Spring Semester 2008
- Course AE 2008 1 (12 February - 7 March, 2008)
- Course AE 2008 2 (5 May - 2 June, 2008)
Enkidu Magazine provides a global forum for dialogue and debate, where diverse voices from all over the world can come together, make connections, discuss topics of mutual interest and develop new ideas across linguistic, cultural and academic barriers; where scientists in the humanities and social sciences working with Queer Studies, Gender Studies and related topics can meet and communicate about their work. Our conferences are multi-lingual events in which we nourish and cultivate global community across language barriers.
Delegates are free to use any of the official conference languages for their presentation, and translation with interpreter between the conference languages will be provided, but when possible, the Academic Committee of the Conference encourages that delegates present papers in other languages than their maternal language. In the Queer Studies Symposium 2008, we will for instance have scholars whose native language is English, presenting papers in Castillian, scholars with French as native language, presenting in English, and native speakers of Castillian who will present papers in English.
Delegates (academic staff and students) from the UCSJ who would like to present papers in English at the Queer Studies Easter Symposium are encouraged to do so and we organise a pre-conference course in Academic English for students who want to prepare a paper in English but need some additional training in grammar, style and academic expresssions.
The course has been developed for students and staff at the UCSJ but anyone interested in improving their academic English is welcome to sign up.
The course will consist in 4 2 hours sessions covering the following issues:
Lectures and Note-taking skills
Reflection around the nature of multicultural and multilingual communication
Develop academic writing and study skills
Improve language and fluency
Build knowledge of current teaching and learning methods
Writing: academic style, editing and correcting, organising and planning high quality essays, effective summary writing and note-taking skills
Reading: focused reading activities linked to writing tasks. Skimming, scanning and inferring meaning from context, reading under deadline pressure
Listening: improve your listening comprehension for conference sessions.
Conference Skills: become more confident in participating in conference discussions, voicing opinion and presenting spoken information.
Research Skills: Critical thinking, searching for relevant information, appropriate referencing styles and using citations.
During the course, the students work on their own papers while receiving internet tuition by the academic committee of the conference, as well as comments and suggestions during the 4 sessions.
The level of tuition provided will be appropriate to the abilities of the participants. During the first class there will be a language placement test.
The programme uses a workshop and needs-based format. Participants are required to produce pieces of writing representative of their subject areas and academic interests in acceptable formats for regular evaluation. On the oral side, students are expected to give frequent formal seminar presentations. Active participation in class discussions is a vital component of the course, and will improve and operationalize the students' English. Language work is based on a combination of the use of prescribed texts and the papers in progress by the students. Students are also encouraged to provide material which relates specifically to their disciplinary needs. A diploma is awarded on successful completion of the course.
Academic Staff and Students from UCSJ, Enkidu Magazine, Members of AIDSinCULTURE.org, CNDH, CEDICARTE, and CHICS: 300 pesos ( 4 two hours sessions - includes course materials and participation in social and cultural course activities).
Academics and Students from UNAM, UAM, UPN or other institutions: 500 pesos ( 4 two hours sessions - includes course materials and participation in social and cultural course activities).
General Public: 1450 pesos ( 4 two hours sessions - includes course materials and participation in social and cultural course activities).
Registration, Time and Place will be announced via e-mail to students who have pre-registrered by filling in this form: http://enkidumagazine.com/eventos/qses/C0208_AE_2008_inscripcion.htm
In Spring 2007, 2 Academic English courses will be organised. Each course is unique in content, and will use different texts and materials. It is possible to participate in both courses:
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