Registration

for spring term Block A is now closed. Registration for Block B courses will be open from 24 January to 9 February 2020.

All courses are four weeks, unless stated otherwise. For each 4-week block in a term, you can book up to two undergraduate courses (a maximum of four courses per term). There are two blocks of courses offered each term (Block A and Block B). So, if you miss out on registration for Block A, please revisit this page in the week that Block A courses start, when you can register for Block B courses.

In the autumn term, these courses are only open to undergraduate students. However, in the spring and summer terms they are also open to Master's students studying science, technology, engineering, medicine and maths at Imperial College London.

2019-20 Course dates
DayDatesTimeCourse
Block A      
Monday 20 Jan - 10 Feb 18:00 - 20:00 Language through British Culture
Monday 20 Jan - 10 Feb 18:00 - 20:00 More Practice STEMM Writing
Tuesday 21 Jan - 11 Feb 18:00 - 20:00 Practice Scientific Report Writing
Wednesday 22 Jan - 12 Feb 17:00 - 19:00 Writing at Imperial College London
Thursday 23 Jan - 13 Feb 18:00 - 20:00 Practice STEMM Writing 1
       
Block B      
Monday 17 Feb - 9 Mar 18:00 - 20:00 Language through British Culture
Monday 17 Feb - 9 Mar 18:00 - 20:00 More Practice STEMM Writing
Tuesday 18 Feb - 10 Mar 18:00 - 20:00 Practice Scientific Report Writing
Wednesday 19 Feb - 11 Mar 17:00 - 19:00 Writing at Imperial College London
Thursday 20 Feb - 12 Mar 18:00 - 20:00 Practice STEMM Writing 1

Course list

Introduction to Academic Communication

This short 4-week course will prepare you for the demands of using English at Imperial and provide you with feedback on your language level. Using a variety of exciting and interesting video resources, it will help you to communicate more effectively and accurately through writing and speaking by giving you essential input and practice.  Aspects of these classes include:

  • Academic Writing – practice in technical science writing
  • Communication Skills – speaking and writing exercises to practise and improve your communication for common situations encountered at Imperial
  • Grammar for Writing – brief presentation and practice of essential grammar for effective communication

This class includes a Blackboard course with additional supplementary activities and materials.

Who is this course for?

Imperial College London students who would like to improve both their written and spoken communication in English.

What will you get out of it?

Feedback and guidance on how to maximise your English.

What level of commitment do you need?

Some studying using Blackboard ( 1 hour a week) and attending the 2-hour class, where you will practise a range of skills.

Language through British Culture

This 4-week course will help you to better understand and use English by exploring aspects of British culture.    Sessions will focus on different topics such as regional differences, music types, art, and humour. 

This class includes Blackboard pages with supplementary activities and materials.

Who is this course for?

Students who would like to improve their confidence and understanding of English in the UK.

What will you get out of it?

Listening practice activities and analysis in each lesson. 

What level of commitment do you need?

Up to three hours a week.  This is around an hour a week of preparation using Blackboard plus two hours in class.  A willingness to engage with each week's practical activities.

Practice Scientific Report Writing

This 4-week course focuses exclusively on writing experimental reports. It examines the format and grammar of reports and provides practice in writing them. There are three writing tasks to complete, and these will be returned with extensive feedback. This course includes Blackboard pages with supplementary activities and materials.

Who is this course for?

Imperial College students who would like to improve their report writing. 

What will you get out of it?

Report writing practice and detailed feedback to raise your awareness of areas to improve. 

What level of commitment do you need?

You will need to attend the weekly 2-hour lesson, during which you will write a <400-word assignment.  You will also be expected to prepare for each lesson by watching a short video and/or reading a short text.

Practice STEMM* Writing: Engineering focus

*Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine and Maths

In this 4-week academic writing course, you’ll practise and receive feedback on engineering writing tasks such as describing a complex process or explaining how engineering challenges were overcome in the development of key inventions. 

Assignments will be turned in through the Blackboard course and will be marked in time for the following lesson. Feedback will be detailed and cover: communication, grammar, vocabulary and proofreading errors. By the end of the course, you should see a significant improvement in your writing. This course includes Blackboard pages with supplementary activities and materials.

Who is this course for?

Imperial College Engineering Faculty students who would like to improve their coursework.

What will you get out of it?

Writing practice on topic and genres related to different types of engineering, and detailed feedback to raise your awareness of areas to improve in your academic writing.

What level of commitment do you need?

You will need to attend the weekly 2-hour lesson, during which you will write a <400-word assignment.  You will also be expected to prepare for each lesson by watching a short video and/or reading a short text.

Practice STEMM* Writing 1, 2 & 3

*Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine and Maths

Each week, the group will watch a video, listen to an audio clip or read a short text (e.g. an extract from a journal article), and then write a summary or evaluation in class time. The following week, the corrected work will be returned with feedback on specific language difficulties which have arisen in the group’s writing before another topic is started. Topics are of general interest and have a science or technology focus. Opportunities to continue to practise with different topics after a first course will be available in subsequent blocks, as part of the Practice STEMM writing. This course includes a Blackboard course with additional supplementary activities and materials.

Who is this course for?

Imperial College London students who would like to improve their writing on coursework.

What will you get out of it?

Writing practice on general scientific topic and genres related to STEMM, and detailed feedback to raise your awareness of areas to improve in your academic writing.

What level of commitment do you need?

Some studying using Blackboard (≤ 1 hour a week) and attending the 2-hour class, during which you will start writing.

Practice Social English for Undergraduates

Practise the art of small talk, how to mingle with the locals, make your stories entertaining, understand informal remarks - above all, get to know what the English say and do in informal settings. You may feel that you're stuck in a lab all day and never have the chance to hang out with other people, or, when you meet the locals, you're not sure what to say and you can't work out what they mean. This course will help you access the vocabulary of everyday English and give you opportunities to interact informally. It includes a social event.

Who is this course for?

Imperial College London students who would like to improve their fluency and build confidence to use their spoken English more.

What will you get out of it?

Input and insight into communication in London with plenty of practice.

What level of commitment do you need?

Some studying using Blackboard (< 1 hour a week), attending the 2-hour class, and a willingness to participate.

Writing at Imperial College London

This 4-week writing course does not exclusively look at science writing but at the wide range of writing that Imperial students, like you, actually write. These include literature reviews, personal statements and essays.  Important aspects of grammar and style will be explored and practised. Each week you will complete a writing assignment that will be marked before the next lesson. This course includes Blackboard pages with supplementary activities and materials.

Who is this course for?

Imperial College students who would like to improve their writing of literature reviews, personal statements and essays. 

What will you get out of it?

Being able to avoid break downs in grammar and language that commonly occur in personal statements/covering letters, literature review, and introductions.

What level of commitment do you need?

You will need to attend the weekly 2-hour lesson, during which you will write a <400-word assignment.  You will also be expected to prepare for each lesson by watching a short video and/or reading a short text.

More Practice STEMM* Writing

*Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine and Maths

Each week, the group will watch a video, listen to an audio clip or read a short text (e.g. an extract from a journal article), and then write a summary or evaluation in class time. The following week, the corrected work will be returned with feedback on specific language difficulties which have arisen in the group’s writing before beginning a new topic. Topics are of general interest and have a science or technology focus. 

The topics for this course have not been covered in previous Practice STEMM Writing courses.

This class includes Blackboard pages with supplementary activities and materials

Who is this course for?

Imperial College students who would like to improve their writing on coursework.  The course is suitable for those who have never taken a Practice STEMM writing course or who have taken one before but would like to continue to develop and practise their writing more.

What will you get out of it?

Writing practice on general scientific topic and genres related to STEMM, and detailed feedback to raise your awareness of areas to improve in your academic writing.

What level of commitment do you need?

You will need to attend the weekly 2-hour lesson, during which you will write a <400-word assignment.  You will also be expected to prepare for each lesson by watching a short video and/or reading a short text.

Presentations

This 4-week course will help you to become a clearer, more confident and better presenter.  Sessions will  focus on different elements of successful presentations such as the use of the voice, rhythm and linking, judging your audience and preparing effective slides/posters. 

This class includes a Blackboard course with  supplementary activities and materials

Who is this course for?

Those STEMM students who need to give a presentation and would like to improve their confidence and skills at presenting.

What will you get out of it?

Practice activities in each session to build your confidence.  Advice and feedback on how to improve.

What level of commitment do you need?

Up to three hours a week.  This is around an hour a week of preparation using Blackboard plus two hours in class.  A willingness to engage with each week's practical activities.