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Certificate in Academic English

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Overview

Introduction

This Certificate in Academic English programme aims to develop your accuracy, facility and fluency in the appropriate use of English. You will learn speaking and listening skills at an advanced level, equipped for undergraduate and postgraduate studies.

At the end of the programme, students will be able to:

  • Understand formal and informal conversations or commentary on topics in academic and non-academic contexts
  • Be equipped with the knowledge of academic vocabulary
  • Correctly use reference materials, following appropriate academic conventions
  • Identify and create appropriate text types required for an academic task

Programme Structure

Programme Duration

Full time: The programme can be completed within 4 months.

Programme Structure

This programme amounts to a total of 270 contact hours for the full-time pathway. Deliver over 11 weeks - 5 days a week.

Assessment and Examination

At the commencement of each module, students will be provided the assessment mode and weightings for the module. Most modules have several points of assessment, which may include assignments, tests, projects and final examinations.

Students will also be given an option to register for IELTS Exam held at PSB Academy, administered by IDP Singapore.

Programme Outline

Modules

Speaking and Listening

You will learn speaking and listening skills at an advanced level, equipped for undergraduate and postgraduate studies:

  • Express ideas and thoughts in small group discussion in tutorial settings
  • Prepare and deliver oral presentations
  • Extract main and supporting information from a formal lecture presentation
  • Understand formal and informal conversations or commentary on topics in academic and non-academic contexts
  • Develop confidence in IELTS speaking and listening skills

Reading

You will be equipped with academic vocabulary and gain understanding of the structure and discourse of text:

  • Be equipped with the knowledge of academic vocabulary
  • Demonstrate understanding of the structure and discourse of texts by extracting the relevant information and presenting them orally or in written form
  • Read and comprehend articles of both academic and general interest
  • Understand the design and structure of IELTS reading tasks and attempt trial papers.

Writing

You will be trained to write a range of complex sentences, correctly paraphrase and use references and produce research reports:

  • Correctly use reference materials, following appropriate academic conventions
  • Identify and create appropriate text types required for an academic task
  • Plan, research and write research reports
  • Paraphrase for referencing
  • Write a range of complex sentences with a degree of grammatical accuracy
  • Learn and practice the mechanics of IELTS writing Task 1 and Task 2

Graduation Requirements

Upon successful completion of all assessments.

Intakes

International Students
Full-time intakes 2018: April, July, October

 

Programme Details

Delivery Mode

The programme is taught in a highly fun and interactive learning environment where students will have the opportunity to collaborate, experiment, and learn. Students will engage in weekly fun learning activities, role-plays, and presentations enabling them to participate in independent learning, group work and presentation skills.
Teaching and learning methods will include Information Research, Open Textbook Study, Presentations, Academic Reading-Writing-Listening-Speaking, Role Plays and Blended Learning.

Minimum Number of Students Before Class Commences

Minimum 15 students are required before commencement of classes.

Admission Criteria

International Student Admission

Admission Requirements

The minimum admission requirements for International Student Admission:

  • Certificate in English Proficiency Level 5 or IELTS 5.5
  • For more information on international students' entry requirements, please click here.

Applicants who do not meet the above requirements may also apply, but will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Fees

International Student

Programme Fees (International Admissions): $4,280*

* All fees inclusive of 7% GST and may be subject to change annually
* Programme Fee excludes textbooks
* Click here to view other charges for students

International Applications

How to Apply

Please click here to view application procedures.