Advanced Academic English: English Proficiency for Presentations


Communication Skills

Target group

Members of the Doctoral Schools


Participants are relatively fluent in English, but still encounter frequent linguistic difficulties to accurately and effectively communicate academic content.  


The course is aimed at improving the language skills needed for oral presentations at conferences or other academic meetings. Participants will learn how to present their research topic more fluently, clearly and accurately.


This course focuses on correct language use in academic presentations. It includes presentation tasks such as introducing yourself as a researcher, explaining a key term from your field, and describing a visual, such as a graph or a chart. These academic assignments will be used to tackle topics such as pronunciation control, academic vocabulary expansion and grammatical accuracy. In the latter category, the course practices and discusses common pitfalls such as tense use, adjective versus adverb use, relative clauses and subject-verb agreement.
Placement test: No

Time schedule & Venue

Course code WEEKLY 4 sessions of 3 hrs on Tuesday
Teaching room/Venue Teacher
PROP-2323-02 7 March 2023- 28 March 2023 9:00-12:00 Veyrac 8 Eveline Mainil


Registration procedure

You can not register for this course if you have already followed the course 'Advanced Academic English: Conference Skills'.

Please register here.
Your subscription will be confirmed by separate e-mail from the Doctoral Schools. If the course is fully booked, you can request by e-mail to to be added to the waiting list. Please mention your ID student nr

Registration fee

Free of charge for the members of the Doctoral Schools. The no show policy applies.



Number of participants


Evaluation criteria (doctoral training programme)

100% active participation. During the final session, the students hold a short presentation about their research topic fit for an educated lay audience. They will be evaluated with a specific focus on linguistic features. This course counts as 1 transferable skills training in the cluster Communication skills.