• English for Academic Purposes

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  • Examination Preparation

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  • Proof reading of essays, dissertations, applications, CVs and UCAS Personal Statements

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English for Academic Purposes

 

We offer tailor-made courses to assist those who need the language skills and knowledge required for academic courses in the UK or abroad.

In the UK this may involve preparing individuals for SATs or Common Entrance at the 11+  and 13+ age groups. Support and guidance can be given at IGCSE and GCSE level (16+ age group) where Ann is experienced at using the syllabus content to improve knowledge of English language as well as subject specific topics.

Ann uses Content and Language Intergrated Learning (CLIL) to support those studying GCE A Levels and the International Baccalaureate (18+ age group). This is particularly relevent for those who are used to rote learning. Her approach helps to prepare them to be independent learners and thinkers who can appreciate and understand concepts, procedures, skills and language enabling them to work confidently alone, in groups and in teams.

Ann's approach to learning is very much based on integration, linking and understanding. This enables learners to become familiar with, motivated by and engaged in the subject being studied. English is now considered as a core skill and is essential to any curriculum programme. For many people, a good level of competence in English is necessary before they can develop their careers.

 

Testimonial from Mian (Hong Kong) - July 2014

"The mediocre teacher tells;

The good teacher explains;

The superior teacher demonstrates:

The great teacher inspires" (William Arthur Ward)

Ann - you are a great teacher. Thank you for guiding me in the right direction"

Examination Preparation

Cambridge English Language Assessment is part of Cambridge University and provides a well renowned suite of language qualifications by examination.

 

Experience has shown that those listed under 'Academic and Professional English' are the most useful for most people.

The main ones used are:
1) Cambridge English: First (FCE)
2) Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)

3) Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)

4) IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

For more details from Cambridge English directly click on the links provided, but Ann is very able to give further details and advice having prepared hundreds of students over the years for these exams.

Proof reading of essays, dissertations, applications, CVs and UCAS Personal Statements

University essays and dissertations can be proof read by native English speakers with a view to both correcting errors and improving the overall work in both presentation and readability. It is important that the academic content remains the author's so as not to invalidate the assessment of the work by the University.

Simple translations of applications and CVs can often be too mechnical or literal and can benefit from the input by a native English speaker. This can not only use more applicable language but can strucuture it into one more applicable to the UK context, while keeping it a correct presentation of you and your skills.

The UK University & Colleges Admission Service (UCAS) is the conduit for applying to higher (tertiary) education in UK. Applications for undergraduate admission require a Personal Statement which is not a CV or a resume but is the applicant's opportunity to show why they want to study the course concerned. Applications for postgraduate admissions have other but similar requirements. Ann has years of experience in assisting applicants prepare their Personal Statement, or other required application supporting documents, that reflects accurately and genuinely both the applicant and their desire to study the subject concerned while presenting it in an optimum manner. These are not 'off the shelf' standard products but the assistance is such that by working in conjunction with the applicant ensures that the writing of your statement or other application document in a non-native language does not present a barrier to your application. Normally it is also a very good learning / teaching experience both linguistically and culturally.

 

Testimonial by Hyunmook (Korea) - July 2014

"Writing a personal statement, whether it is prepared for work or academia, is never easy as it is meant to be written clearly and constructively  so as to represent oneself to a reader. A good personal statement needs to be produced that includes a clear message in it. Nevertheless, it is not always the case that the message is delivered to the reader as the writer wished for due to the reason that it was either poorly constructed or unsuitable. Thanks to Ann’s experience in writing a personal statement and her valuable advice  I have been helped to find out what I truly desire and how to write it up. Therefore, during my final year at Aston University I was able  to prepare my application forms very well for my further degree and  I am now going to Cambridge University next year to study my Master of Philosophy degree."