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English for Academic Purposes: a MOVE-ME Project Course

Develop the language skills you need to study in English and make the most of European student mobility programmes

15,605 enrolled on this course

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  • Duration

    6 weeks
  • Weekly study

    4 hours

Acquire the skills to understand and use English for Academic Purposes

Each year thousands of students travel across Europe and the world to follow university courses through English. This can be daunting, even for those who are fluent.

This online course, developed within the MOVE-ME project by UniStraSi, NUI Galway, The Open University and CTI will guide you through the features of academic discourse in English, and enable you to understand and produce written and aural academic texts.

1 ECTS credit is awarded by completing the course, taking the final test and obtaining the Certificate of Achievement.

What topics will you cover?

  • Week 1 is an introduction to the MOOC itself and to the concept of ‘academic’ discourse.
  • Week 2 focuses on developing skills and strategies when listening to academic talks.
  • Week 3 concentrates on developing skills and strategies necessary for reading academic texts.
  • Week 4 focuses on acquiring and/or enhancing skills and strategies for writing academic texts.
  • Week 5 is devoted to speaking in academic contexts such as how to structure and give academic oral presentations.
  • Week 6 is a summary of the course with closing remarks, activities and the final test.

Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Identify and discuss features of English for Academic Purposes.
  • Explore and apply skills and strategies for understanding aural and written academic texts.
  • Develop and integrate different skills and strategies for producing aural and written academic texts.
  • Reflect on and deepen your understanding of the features of academic texts

Who is the course for?

This course is aimed at university students taking part in student mobility programmes in Europe, and anyone following academic courses in English. A minimum B1 knowledge of English is required.

What software or tools do you need?

Adobe Acrobat Reader, Microsoft Word, a media player (RealPlayer, VLC, or other)

Who will you learn with?

I am a lecturer at the National University of Ireland, Galway - School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures.
My main research interests are Applied Linguistics, Audiovisual Translation and E-Learning.

Who developed the course?

Università per Stranieri di Siena (UniStraSi)

The University for Foreigners of Siena (UniStraSi) is a public university specialized in the teaching of Italian and other languages and in research on language and culture.

The Open University

As the UK’s largest university, The Open University (OU) supports thousands of students to achieve their goals and ambitions via supported distance learning, helping to fit learning around professional and personal life commitments.

  • Established

  • Location

    Milton Keynes, UK
  • World ranking

    Top 510Source: Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020

NUI Galway

The National University of Ireland Galway situated in the West of Ireland is internationally recognised as a research-led university with a commitment to top quality teaching and learning.

Endorsers and supporters

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Computer Technology Institute (CTI)

Learning on FutureLearn

Your learning, your rules

  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps to help you keep track of your learning
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

Join a global classroom

  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

Map your progress

  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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