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Academic English 1 semester 2

Monday, 27 February, 2017 - 00:00 to Sunday, 28 May, 2017 - 00:00
Campus: Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering campus
ACTO - Academisch Centrum voor Taalonderwijs

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This course is aimed at consolidating students’ language skills at intermediate level, focusing particularly upon heightening their awareness of the academic English skills essential for studying and succeeding at the academic level. It introduces explicitly the features of more formal academic style. It also offers students the opportunity to improve their speaking and writing skills through a series of practical exercises. Extra support is provided for students to develop their vocabulary and grammatical skills. In the class special attention is paid to encouraging students to organize their thoughts and present their ideas in English in a well-structured manner with more confidence.


It is open to VUB students who wish to develop their academic English skills.


Jianwei XU has extensive experience in teaching English as a second/foreign language in higher education. She holds a PhD in Applied Linguistics and an MEd in TESOL from La Trobe University, Australia. She has been living in Belgium for several years, and has been a VUB member of staff since October 2011. 

Jianwei XU has previously taught courses on ‘English Sociolinguistics’, ‘ELF in the Global Context’, ‘Historical English Linguistics’, ‘Communication Skills in English’, ‘Academic Writing’, ‘Academic Presentation Skills’, ‘Effective and critical reading in English’.


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Second semester, 26 hours

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Since participants are required to take a level test before the start of the semester, it is important for candidates to be aware of this timing. 


Before you can take this course, you have to do a language test.

Registration for the placement test is closed now.


VUB-students with this course in their study program: free
Other VUB students/staff: 105 euro
Others: 210 euro

Registration: exceptionally you have to pay by bank transfer. Click here for the necessary financial information.




In order to participate in this course, all students must first complete a level-test, to determine that this is the appropriate course for them. Click here for more information about the placement test


Upon successful completion of the course, students receive a certificate from ACTO.