Education for degree programmes

The ALP provides courses and modules in Academic English and Dutch in the following programmes:

Bachelors

BA Biomedical Sciences
In the first year of their BA programme in Biomedical Sciences, students work on their academic writing and presentation skills (conference presentation) in English, in two modules of 1.5 ec each. These modules have been integrated into two biomedical courses so that students learn their skills in English in the context of the subject content. Students’ work is assessed by both BA and ALP staff, using established assessment schemes. In 2019-2020, the BA programme will also include similar modules for writing and presentation skills in the second year, within the framework of an educational curriculum for academic skills in English.  

BA Business analytics
In a module worth 2 ec, integrated into the course Introduction to Business analytics (year 1), students work on their academic writing skills in English. The module introduces them to the characteristics of formal registers of written English and the basic principles of text structure.  Attention is also paid to relevant aspects of English grammar. Students receive intensive individual feedback on two short texts (via ELS-online). The knowledge and experience gained in this way helps them to write a successful final paper for the course.

BA Computer Science
The Academic Writing course (year 1, 3 ec) introduces students to the characteristics of formal registers of written English. In their writing assignments, students must demonstrate that they are able to write English texts that meet academic standards in terms of text structuring, style, clarity and linguistic accuracy.

BA Economics and Business Economics
As part of the Academic Skills course within the new English-taught programme, students take a module on English writing skills (1.5 ec). ALP staff provide feedback on students’ first drafts of the final paper for the course, using the ELS-online feedback system.

BA Filosofie
The course Skills: Academic Dutch (year 1, 6 ec) familiarizes students with important aspects of the formal registers of written Dutch, such as text coherence, thematic continuity, complexity of meaning, tone and rhetorical strategies. Students work on a number of writing assignments to master these aspects.

BA Philosophy
The course Skills: Academic English (year 1, 6 ec) aims to develop students' writing skills towards level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference.  Attention will be paid to the characteristics of written academic English, the structure of English complex sentences, aspects of English grammar specifically relevant to writers, and punctuation. 

BA History
The course Academic English (year 1, 6 ec) consists of a grammar component and a writing component. The grammar component deals with the most important aspects of English grammar, underlining constructions that are often used in academic texts and that raise problems for students writing in the formal registers of English. The writing skills component focuses on the most important characteristics of academic English.

BA Mathematics
As part of the intensive course Mathematical Modelling of Dynamical Systems within the new English-taught programme, students take a module (1.5 ec) Writing in English. The final paper of the course is assessed by ALP staff with respect to structure, coherence and linguistic accuracy .

BA Media, Arts, Design and Architecture (MADA)
The Academic English course in the MADA programme (year 1, 6 ec) consists of a grammar component and a writing component. The grammar component deals with the most important aspects of English grammar, underlining constructions that are often used in academic texts and that raise problems for students writing  in the formal registers of English. the writing skills component focuses on the most important characteristics of academic English .

BA Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE)
In the first and second year of their BA programme in PPE, students work on their academic writing and presentation skills (conference presentation, poster presentation) in English, each year in two modules of 1.5 ec each.  ALP staff assess students’ work in collaboration with PPE staff, and also contribute to the development of integrated learning outcomes in the field of communication skills. All modules are part of the PPE in Practice programme.

Masters

MA Environment and Resource Management
At the start of the master's programme students participate in a 1-hour introductory workshop where they discuss the importance of good writing skills in English.  In the second semester of the programme, students take an Academic English writing skills module (1.5 ec) within the framework of the course Research Design. ALP staff provide an assessment of the coherence, clarity and linguistic accuracy of the Introduction and Theoretical framework sections of the final paper.

Research MA Global Health
The course Scientific Writing in English (3 ec) aims to familiarize students with the features of  coherent, convincing, concise and linguistically accurate academic English. Students do writing and rewriting assignments and are supported by peer review and intensive individual feedback Students also master these features with the aid of writing and rewriting assignments, peer review and intensive individual feedback (via ELS-online). Course assessment is on the basis of the Introduction and Methods sections of a literature review. 

MA Health Sciences
The course Scientific Writing in English (3 ec) starts with a short recap of the characteristics of an academic text in general and in particular of the characteristics of the type of text that students will write: a report of qualitative or quantitative research, or a paper on methodology. Centre stage is then given to aspects of coherent text and to linguistic devices that English uses to express complex ideas. Writing and rewriting assignments, peer review and intensive individual feedback on the intermediate and final version of the paper (via ELS-online) are also used to address individual problems students may have with respect to linguistic accuracy.

Research MA Neurosciences
The course Writing a research proposal (3 ec) focuses on aspects of coherent, convincing and concisely written academic texts. Students will have ample opportunity to improve their skills in applying these aspects, with the help of writing and rewriting assignments, peer review and intensive individual feedback on an intermediate version of their research proposal (via ELS-online). The focus on linguistic accuracy in English (lexical, grammatical and punctuational features) is tailored to the individual needs of the students. The final assessment is a research proposal of 1000 words.

Premasters

Premaster's degree in Political Science, Cultural Anthropology and COM (FSS )
As part of their premaster's programme, students follow a series of lectures on the features of academic English. These lectures are supplemented by seminars given by FSS staff.