In-Sessional English (ISE): Academic language and communication

IN-SESSIONAL ENGLISH (ISE): ACADEMIC LANGUAGE AND COMMUNICATION

If English is not your first language, the University of Portsmouth offers a range of short 5-week and 10-week modules in academic language and communication as part of the In-Sessional English programme you can see in this video.

What is ISE?

ISE Modules:

  1. develop the strategies and skills you need for spoken and written assessment;
  2. are open to Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Exchange students;
  3. take place four times a year between September and May;
  4. are free (i.e. you are not charged a fee to take part);
  5. are not completed for credit, but can be added to your student achievement record.

What modules do you offer and how can I join?

There are 12 ISE Modules to choose from - see ISE Module Descriptions below.

To ask a question or for advice on which ISE module is best for you, email ise@port.ac.uk

To see which modules are available and book your place on an ISE module, click here, but please note the ISE registration dates below.

Note that you may not always be able to get your first choice of module. If that happens, we will try to offer you your second choice (if that is available) or find an alternative for you.

ISE registration dates

 

Teaching Block 1

Teaching Block 2

TB1A

TB1B

TB2A

TB2B

Registration Period (when you can book a place)

12 Sep 2022 – 27 Sep 2022

31 Oct 2022 – 8 Nov 2022

16 Jan 2023 – 24 Jan 2023

6 Mar 2023 – 14 Mar 2023

Teaching Period for 5-WEEK MODULES*

3 Oct 2022 – 11 Nov 2022

14 Nov 2022 – 16 Dec 2022

30 Jan 2023 – 3 Mar 2023

20 Mar 2023 – 12 May 2023

5-WEEK Modules Available (see ISE Module Descriptions below for more information) Modules marked C-OL are available both on campus and online. All other modules are offered either on campus or online (You will find out the format before the course begins).

Developing an academic style INTRODUCTORY ____________

Developing an ear for English: Understanding pronunciation

____________

From taking notes to writing assignments ____________

Improving your academic English for dissertation and final report writing C-OL ____________

Language for presentation, seminar and group work (Science and Technology)

Communicating ideas visually and verbally ____________

Developing an academic style ADVANCED C-OL ____________

Developing critical reading skills ____________

Developing effective paragraphs for communicating your ideas clearly ____________

Developing language for presentation, seminar and group work ____________

Language for scientific report writing

Developing an academic style ADVANCED C-OL ____________

Developing language for presentation, seminar and group work ____________

From taking notes to writing assignments ____________

Improving your academic English for dissertation and final report writing C-OL ____________

Language for presentation, seminar and group work (Science and Technology)

Communicating ideas visually and verbally ____________

Developing an ear for English: Understanding pronunciation ____________

Developing effective paragraphs for communicating your ideas clearly ____________

Developing language for presentation, seminar and group work ____________

Improving your academic English for dissertation and final report writing ____________

Language for presentation, seminar and group work (Science and Technology) ____________

Language for scientific report writing

Teaching Period for 10-WEEK MODULES*
(Postgraduate students only)

3 Oct 2022 – 16  Dec 2022
Writing a postgraduate dissertation

30 Jan 2023 – 12 May 2023
Writing a postgraduate dissertation

*There are no classes during consolidation weeks or vacation weeks.

ISE Module Descriptions

If you are mainly interested in DEVELOPING YOUR SPEAKING, choose one of these modules:

Module Code

Module Title

Description

M32101

Developing an ear for English: Understanding pronunciation

Duration: 10 hours over 5 weeks

Aim: To identify features of fast and fluent English speech to improve understanding.

M32104

Developing language for presentation, seminar and group work

Duration: 10 hours over 5 weeks

Aim:  To develop effective spoken communication in a range of academic settings in fields of Business, Social Sciences, Creative Industries, the Arts.

M32105

Language for presentation, seminar and group work (Science and Technology)

Duration: 10 hours over 5 weeks

Aim:  To develop effective spoken communication in a range of academic settings in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths)

 

If you are mainly interested in DEVELOPING CRITICAL THINKING AND STUDY SKILLS, choose one of these modules:

Module Code

Module Title

Description

M32102

Developing critical reading skills

Duration: 10 hours over 5 weeks

Aim:  To develop effective spoken communication in a range of academic settings in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths)

M32108

From taking notes to writing assignments

Duration: 10 hours over 5 weeks

Aim:  To develop effective spoken communication in a range of academic settings in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths)

M32098

Communicating ideas visually and verbally

Duration: 10 hours over 5 weeks

Aim:  To develop effective spoken communication in a range of academic settings in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths)

 

If you are mainly interested in DEVELOPING YOUR WRITING, choose one of these modules:

Module Code

Module Title

Description

M32109

Improving your academic English for dissertation and final report writing

Duration: 10 hours over 5 weeks

Aim: To introduce undergraduate students to the structure and language needed for effective academic research reports.

M32137

Writing a postgraduate dissertation

NB! This is ONLY available to postgraduate students

Duration: 20 hours over 10 weeks

Aim: To develop the language and skills postgraduate students need for organising and writing effective dissertations.

M32100

Developing an academic style: Introductory

Duration: 10 hours over 5 weeks

Aim: To identify and use essential vocabulary, phrases, and sentence structures that are suitable for academic writing.

M32099

Developing an academic style: Advanced

Duration: 10 hours over 5 weeks

Aim: To develop a more advanced uses of vocabulary, phrases, and sentence structures that are suitable for academic writing.

M32103

Developing effective paragraphs for communicating your ideas clearly

Duration: 10 hours over 5 weeks

Aim: To recognise that effective paragraphs are essential for clear and effective academic writing.

M32110

Language for scientific report writing

Duration: 10 hours over 5 weeks

Aim: To introduce students of science, technology, and engineering of the structure and language needed for effective academic written assessments.

 

If you are a student in SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING or MATHS, choose one of these modules:

Module Code

Module Title

Description

M32110

Language for scientific report writing

Duration: 10 hours over 5 weeks

Aim: To introduce students of science, technology, and engineering of the structure and language needed for effective academic written assessments.

M32105

Language for presentation, seminar and group work (Science and Technology)

Duration: 10 hours over 5 weeks

Aim:  To develop effective spoken communication in a range of academic settings in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths)