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Chinese: Advanced Intensive new Mon 18 Jun 2012   14:00 Finished
  • If you are not sure whether this course suits your proficiency level, please contact the instructor for more information (fyh20@cam.ac.uk).

The course uses "Chinese in Steps", a series of textbooks developed within SOAS Language Centre. Communicative context, with videos, audio, texts and conversation. Exact content will be decided with students.

Chinese: Beginner Intensive Mon 8 Jul 2019   12:00 Finished

Introductory course to Chinese. This course is for those with no previous knowledge of Chinese. Communicative context, with videos, audio, texts and conversation.

Chinese: Get the name right! new Thu 28 Nov 2019   12:30 Finished

“Pronouncing someone’s name correctly can make people feel valued, honoured and respected — and mispronouncing their name creates real problems.” Gerardo Ochoa

This lunch and learn session will explore Chinese names. How to pronounce them. What it says about the person. The stories behind names. The focus will be on pronunciation but you will also be welcome to share your own experience and tell your stories.

Chinese: Intermediate Intensive new Mon 18 Jun 2012   10:00 CANCELLED

The course uses "Chinese in Steps", a series of textbooks developed within SOAS Language Centre. Communicative context, with videos, audio, texts and conversation.

This course is intended for non-native speaker second and third-year graduate students who wish to improve their Presentation Skills.

Research has identified that the ability to verbally express ideas clearly and the capacity to work confidently in a group are the two key skills for employability. This series of workshops focuses on aspects of these skills most pertinent to Engineers at Cambridge.

  • NB. Please read ATTENDANCE section below before signing up for this course.
English: Cultural Awareness Tue 17 Nov 2015   16:00 Finished

This informal seminar will consider some of the cultural differences experienced by participants, and also address questions arising from various aspects of living and working in both the multi-cultural environment of the University and the wider British community.

  • NB. Please read ATTENDANCE section below before signing up for this course.

Cultural Awareness and Living in Britain

This practical seminar provides a further opportunity for participants to learn more about key aspects of living in Britain. As in the previous seminar (Michaelmas Term 2019), it will focus on the intercultural understanding needed to study and work successfully within the University environment; it will also focus more widely on aspects of British life and culture, considering any topics (e.g. tourism, history, politics, class, customs) that participants would like to discuss, and drawing where possible on their impressions and experiences. Those who attended the previous seminar are welcome, and all participants are encouraged to email any questions or particular areas of interest in advance to Sheila Dodds (smd48).

  • NB. Please read ATTENDANCE section below before signing up for this course.

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Fri 21 Feb 2020 16:15 [Places]
English: Cultural Awareness (REPEAT of November 2015) Wed 27 Apr 2016   11:15 Finished

This informal seminar will consider some of the cultural differences experienced by participants, and also address questions arising from various aspects of living and working in both the multi-cultural environment of the University and the wider British community.

  • NB. Please read ATTENDANCE section below before signing up for this course.
English Cultural Awareness Workshop Tue 20 May 2014   16:00 Finished

English Cultural Awareness Workshop

English: Culture & Writing Tue 19 Jan 2016   16:00 CANCELLED

This workshop will focus on how different learning styles and cultural patterns can influence students’ English academic writing. We will draw on current research findings and assist students in adapting to the expected English model in Engineering.

  • NB. Please read ATTENDANCE section below before signing up for this course.

This workshop will cover best practice in presenting scientific results in English (charts, graphs, figures, diagrams, trends, etc.).

  • NB. Please read ATTENDANCE section below before signing up for this course.

We will focus on how to overcome listening difficulties using authentic video and audio Engineering scenarios.

  • NB. Please read ATTENDANCE section below before signing up for this course.

Maximise your supervisions, as students and/or supervisors, by discussing the language, structure and style of effective Cambridge supervisions.

  • NB. Please read ATTENDANCE section below before signing up for this course.

Post-Writing Stage-Proofreading and Peer Review. This is the last step in the Post-Writing Stage so we look at aspects such as format, typography, spelling and punctuation. In addition you, as an author/peer-reviewer, may like to give/receive feedback to regarding content and organisation; grammatical accuracy and overall style. You are welcome to bring some of your own work along for this session.

This course is intended for non-native speakers who wish to improve their skills in writing dissertations, research papers and reports.

Come to this talk on Cambridge to find out more about the city's past and present and understand the context in which you live. Bring your questions.

Workshop to revise and improve some aspects of English grammar.

  • NB. Please read ATTENDANCE section below before signing up for this course.
English: Grammar for Speaking & Writing: Articles Thu 5 Dec 2019   11:15 Finished

Workshop to revise and improve understanding of the definite and indefinite articles in English.

  • NB. Please read ATTENDANCE section below before signing up for this course.
English: Grammar for Speaking & Writing: Articles Tue 1 Dec 2015   11:15 Finished

Workshop to revise and improve understanding of the definite and indefinite articles in English.

  • NB. Please read ATTENDANCE section below before signing up for this course.
  • NB. Please read ATTENDANCE section below before signing up for this course.

This workshop is intended for non-native speakers from the Department of Engineering who would like to improve their use of conditional structures and subjunctive forms.

  • NB. Please read ATTENDANCE section below before signing up for this course.

To revise and improve participants understanding of basic conditional forms.

This workshop is intended for non-native speakers from the Department of Engineering who would like to improve their English grammar.

  • NB. Please read ATTENDANCE section below before signing up for this course.

This workshop is intended for non-native speakers from the Department of Engineering who would like to improve their English grammar.

  • NB. Please read ATTENDANCE section below before signing up for this course.
English: Grammar Workshop - Verbs 1 Thu 24 Apr 2014   11:15 Finished

Workshop to revise and improve some aspects of English grammar.

English: Grammar Workshop - Verbs 2 new Tue 13 May 2014   11:15 Finished

Workshop to revise and improve some aspects of English grammar.

The writing workshops will cover a mixture of structure, accuracy and style in academic English writing.

  • NB. Please read ATTENDANCE section below before signing up for this course.

The writing workshops will cover a mixture of structure, accuracy and style in academic English writing.

  • NB. Please read ATTENDANCE section below before signing up for this course.
English: Out-and-about in Cambridge new Tue 28 Jan 2020   13:00 [Places]

Discover a bit more of Cambridge each term. Meet a member of our English team in CLIC and then take a guided walk to learn about different aspects of the city.

Research has identified that the ability to verbally express ideas clearly and the capacity to work confidently in a group are the two key skills for employability. This series of workshops focuses on aspects of these skills most pertinent to Engineers at Cambridge.

  • NB. Please read ATTENDANCE section below before signing up for this course.
English: ?Punctuate properly! Tue 24 May 2016   11:15 Finished

The writing workshops will cover a mixture of structure, accuracy and style in academic English writing.

  • NB. Please read ATTENDANCE section below before signing up for this course.

This course is intended for non-native speakers who wish to improve their skills in giving presentations in English.

This course is intended for non-native speakers from the Department of Engineering. It will cover a variety of spoken English, ranging from the more formal language needed for seminars, discussions and conferences, to the more informal everyday language used in the office and the student house.

  • NB. Please read ATTENDANCE section below before signing up for this course.

This course is intended for non-native speakers from the Department of Engineering. It will cover a variety of spoken English, ranging from the more formal language needed for seminars, discussions and conferences, to the more informal everyday language used in the office and the student house.

  • NB. Please read ATTENDANCE section below before signing up for this course.

This course is intended for non-native speakers who wish to practise giving presentations in English. There will be frequent opportunities throughout the course for participants to present their work individually.

  • NB. Please read ATTENDANCE section below before signing up for this course.

This course is intended for non-native speakers who wish to improve their pronunciation skills. Each week there will be an introduction to an aspect of English pronunciation with opportunities to practise, both individually and in groups, and also to work with the teacher.

  • NB. Please read ATTENDANCE section below before signing up for this course.

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Thu 16 Jan 2020 11:15 [Places]
English: Speaking - The Conference new Tue 6 May 2014   11:15 Finished

This workshop is intended for non-native speakers from the Department of Engineering who would like to improve their spoken English in a variety of contexts, both formal and informal. It is open to PhD and postdoc and MPhil by Research students from the Department of Engineering.

This workshop will cover a variety of speaking scenarios experienced at conferences and will equip you with the language required from small talk and everyday English to the language of presentations and questions.

English: Speaking - The Student House new Mon 19 May 2014   11:15 Finished

This workshop is intended for non-native speakers from the Department of Engineering who would like to improve their spoken English in a variety of contexts, both formal and informal. It is open to PhD and postdoc and MPhil by Research students from the Department of Engineering.

This workshop will cover a variety of speaking scenarios experienced while living and dining with English students. We will hone in on useful everyday language required to get to know each other, generate small talk, discuss topical events and negotiate or problem solve together.

Research has identified that the ability to verbally express ideas clearly and the capacity to work confidently in a group are the two key skills for employability. This series of workshops focuses on aspects of these skills most pertinent to Engineers at Cambridge.

  • NB. Please read ATTENDANCE section below before signing up for this course.
English: TV & Pizza new Fri 7 Feb 2020   16:15 [Places]

Come and watch a sitcom over pizza followed by discussion of the content.

English: Writing: Achieving Synthesis 1 Mon 19 Jan 2015   11:15 Finished

The writing workshops will cover a mixture of structure, accuracy and style in academic English writing.

The writing workshops will cover a mixture of structure, accuracy and style in academic English writing.

  • NB. Please read ATTENDANCE section below before signing up for this course.
English: Writing and Culture 2 new Mon 23 Jun 2014   11:15 Finished

This workshop will focus on how close your writing is to the expected English model in Engineering. Bring your papers/reports in progress and obtain feedback on your language and the structure of your work.

The writing workshops will cover a mixture of structure, accuracy and style in academic English writing.

  • NB. Please read ATTENDANCE section below before signing up for this course.
English: Writing blogs in English new Unscheduled Not bookable

A visiting expert will share tips and strategies on writing effective blogs and English for social media.

Session for Lent term tbc

This workshop will focus on vocabulary building at the academic level (i.e., appropriate word choice, the effective use of academic language, avoiding redundancy, simplifying overcomplicated language, language for clarity, etc.).

The writing workshops will cover a mixture of structure, accuracy and style in academic English writing.

  • NB. Please read ATTENDANCE section below before signing up for this course.

The writing workshops will cover a mixture of structure, accuracy and style in academic English writing.

  • NB. Please read ATTENDANCE section below before signing up for this course.
English: Writing: Focus on sentence structure Tue 26 Jan 2016   11:15 Finished

The writing workshops will cover a mixture of structure, accuracy and style in academic English writing.

  • NB. Please read ATTENDANCE section below before signing up for this course.
English: Writing for Engineers (Research students) new Tue 14 Jan 2020   10:30 [Places]

This writing course supports research students in Engineering. The focus is on aspects of writing that help to meet Cambridge standards and reviewer expectations: structure, logical flow, the effective development of ideas, accuracy and critical analysis.

The course focuses on common errors and problem areas in writing up dissertations and publishing papers, plus an assessment of your personal areas for improvement

  • The course consists of 2 workshops plus an individual supervision at the end of the course.
  • NB. Please read ATTENDANCE section below before signing up for this course.
English: Writing - Grammar Surgery new Tue 17 Jun 2014   11:00 Finished

Here we'll analyse and edit your own written work and focus on the grammar issues that arise. I will ask all participants to submit a piece of writing in advance, and the workshop will be based on these. It's a good opportunity to get direct feedback on your own work!

The writing workshops will cover a mixture of structure, accuracy and style in academic English writing.

  • NB. Please read ATTENDANCE section below before signing up for this course.

The writing workshops will cover a mixture of structure, accuracy and style in academic English writing.

  • NB. Please read ATTENDANCE section below before signing up for this course.
English: Writing: Language for Emails and Letters Tue 24 Nov 2015   11:15 Finished

The writing workshops will cover a mixture of structure, accuracy and style in academic English writing.

  • NB. Please read ATTENDANCE section below before signing up for this course.
English: Writing: Listening effectively in English new Mon 20 Feb 2017   11:15 Finished

The writing workshops will cover a mixture of structure, accuracy and style in academic English writing.

  • NB. Please read ATTENDANCE section below before signing up for this course.

The writing workshops will cover a mixture of structure, accuracy and style in academic English writing.

  • NB. Please read ATTENDANCE section below before signing up for this course.
English: Writing: Poster presentations 2 Tue 17 May 2016   10:00 CANCELLED

This is a series of two workshops; you must also have attended Poster Presentations 1.

This series of two Poster Presentation workshops will cover aspects of designing, writing and presenting scientific posters.

  • NB. Please read ATTENDANCE section below before signing up for this course.
English: Writing: Preparing Effective Posters 1 new Mon 20 Feb 2017   11:15 CANCELLED

This Poster Presentation workshops will cover aspects of designing, writing and presenting scientific posters.

  • NB. Please read ATTENDANCE section below before signing up for this course.
English: Writing: Preparing Effective Posters 2 new Mon 27 Feb 2017   11:15 CANCELLED

This Poster Presentation workshops will cover aspects of designing, writing and presenting scientific posters.

  • NB. Please read ATTENDANCE section below before signing up for this course.
English: Writing: Prepositions Mon 11 May 2015   11:15 Finished

The writing workshops will cover a mixture of structure, accuracy and style in academic English writing.

English: Writing - Punctuation in Scientific Writing new Fri 9 May 2014   11:00 Finished

In this workshop we will cover the correct use of punctuation in English including the comma, colon, semi-colon and hyphen. Through looking at published papers, we'll analyse punctuation in the Engineering field and then put everything into practice.

The writing workshops will cover a mixture of structure, accuracy and style in academic English writing.

English: Writing (Scientific) - Love Your Reader new Fri 13 Jun 2014   11:00 Finished

Holding the reader in mind is key to good writing. In this workshop we will analyse attributes of a reader in order to create better pieces of writing. In doing so we will cover the danger of overload, clarity in developing ideas and the use of conventions in scientific writing.

This is a two-week course which includes individual supervisions. It focuses on your own drafts of first year report, thesis, or research paper.

Week 1 comprises five 2-hour whole-class lessons, one each morning, and concentrates on writing abstracts, literature reviews, discussions and conclusions and on preparing poster presentations. It also includes one individual supervision of 30 minutes which will take place on one of the following afternoons: Thursday 17 July 2.30-4.30, or Friday 18 July 2.30-4.30.

In Week 2 there will be one 2-hour whole-class lesson on Thursday afternoon based on points arising from students’ work-in-progress, plus one individual supervision of an hour. The time of this will be arranged with the teacher at the start of the course and will be held at one of the following times: Monday, 21st July 2.30-4.30pm, Tuesday, 22nd July 11.30-1.30pm or 2.30-4.30pm, Wednesday, 23rd July 2.30-4.30pm.

  • Please send in drafts of your own work for feedback. These can be any part of your report, dissertation or paper - or any other piece of scientific writing that is important to you.
  • Please send in these drafts well in advance of the course start (at least a week!).

This workshop is tailored to the needs of Native and Non-native 1st Year PhD students MPhil (Res).

This is a Scientific Writing Skills Workshops tailored to the needs of the PhD/PostDoc Engineering students.

This is one in a series of five Scientific Writing Skills Workshops tailored to the needs of the PhD/PostDoc Engineering student.

  • Presenting your results and findings (see topics covered section for more details)

The following workshops are also available:

  • Planning and Writing the Literature Review
  • Working on the Discussions and Conclusions Sections
  • What makes a good abstract and title?
  • Preparing successful poster presentations

This is one in a series of five Scientific Writing Skills Workshops tailored to the needs of the PhD/PostDoc Engineering student. These run throughout the year.

  • What makes a good abstract and title? (see topics covered section for more details)

The following workshops are also available:

  • Planning and Writing the Literature Review
  • Presenting your results and findings
  • Working on the Discussions and Conclusions Sections
  • Preparing successful poster presentations

This is one in a series of five Scientific Writing Skills Workshops tailored to the needs of the PhD/PostDoc Engineering student.

  • Working on the Discussions and Conclusions Sections (see topics covered section for more details)

The following workshops are also available:

  • Planning and Writing the Literature Review
  • Presenting your results and findings
  • What makes a good abstract and title?
  • Preparing successful poster presentations

The writing workshops will cover a mixture of structure, accuracy and style in academic English writing.

  • NB. Please read ATTENDANCE section below before signing up for this course.
English: Writing: Technology assisted writing workshop new Mon 28 Jan 2019   11:15 Finished

Learn from a CUP guest speaker how to use an effective online tool to improve and enrich your use of English words and expressions in scientific writing.

English: Writing: The Basics of Writing: Your Strategy new Tue 13 Oct 2015   11:15 Finished

The writing workshops will cover a mixture of structure, accuracy and style in academic English writing.

  • NB. Please read ATTENDANCE section below before signing up for this course.
English: Writing: Trouble-shooting Mon 7 Mar 2016   11:15 CANCELLED

The writing workshops will cover a mixture of structure, accuracy and style in academic English writing.

  • NB. Please read ATTENDANCE section below before signing up for this course.
English: Writing - Using sources in English new Tue 10 Jun 2014   11:15 Finished

This workshop will concentrate on using sources effectively and appropriately in English (i.e., summarizing, paraphrasing and referencing techniques in English). It will discuss how to achieve the best synthesis of ideas from carefully acknowledging sources to drawing your own innovative conclusions.

English: Writing: Vocabulary building Tue 16 Feb 2016   11:15 Finished

The writing workshops will cover a mixture of structure, accuracy and style in academic English writing.

  • NB. Please read ATTENDANCE section below before signing up for this course.
French: Beginner Intensive Mon 24 Jun 2019   10:00 Finished

Introductory course to French. This course is for those with no previous knowledge of French. Communicative context, with videos, audio, texts and conversation.

French: Beginner Intensive Mon 16 Jun 2014   10:00 Finished

Introductory course to French. This course is for those with no previous knowledge of French. Communicative context, with videos, audio, texts and conversation.

French: Business Intermediate Mon 18 Jun 2012   10:00 CANCELLED

This course covers aspects of Business in France such as telephone calls, interviews and the French business culture. Communicative context, with videos, audio, texts and conversation.

French: Business Lower Mon 9 Jul 2012   10:00 Finished

This course will give you the basics of communication in a professional environment (telephone calls, writing e-mails and booking transportation tickets etc.) Communicative context, with videos, audio, texts and conversation.

French: Intermediate new Mon 18 Jun 2018   16:00 Finished

This course is for those with a GCSE or AS (or equivalent) level in French. Communicative context, with videos, audio, texts and conversation.

French: Intermediate Intensive Tue 19 Jun 2012   14:00 Finished

This course is suitable for those who have already studied French for at least a year, or for those who know basic French. Communicative context, with videos, audio, texts and conversation.

German: Advanced Intensive new Tue 19 Jun 2012   17:00 Finished

This 4 weeks course is suitable for those who already know German well and instruction is given in German. The course can be tailor-made to suit the student's needs.

German: Beginner Intensive Wed 19 Jun 2013   09:30 Finished

Introductory course to German. This course is for those with no previous knowledge of German. Communicative context, with videos, audio, texts and conversation.

German: Beginner Intensive Mon 17 Jun 2019   09:30 Finished

Introductory course to German. This course is for those with no previous knowledge of German. Communicative context, with videos, audio, texts and conversation.

German: Intermediate Mon 17 Jun 2019   12:30 Finished

This course is suitable for those who have already studied German for at least a year, or for those who know basic German. Communicative context, with videos, audio, texts and conversation.

German: Intermediate Intensive Wed 19 Jun 2013   12:00 Finished

This course is suitable for those who have already studied German for at least a year, or for those who know basic German. Communicative context, with videos, audio, texts and conversation.

Japanese: Advanced new Mon 18 Jun 2012   15:00 CANCELLED

The course is for the students who have finished studying Genki Book I.

Japanese: Beginner Intensive Tue 18 Jun 2019   12:30 Finished

Introductory course to Japanese. This course is for those with no previous knowledge of Japanese. Communicative context, with videos, audio, texts and conversation.

Japanese: Intermediate Intensive new Mon 18 Jun 2012   13:00 CANCELLED

For those who have a basic knowledge of Japanese. The course level will depend on the ability of students who register for the class. Contact Mikiko Ashikari, ma214 with any queries with regard to level of ability.

Spanish: Advanced Intensive Mon 18 Jun 2012   16:00 Finished

This course is for those who have an intermediate knowledge of Spanish and who wish to study more advanced aspects of the language and culture. You just need to be comfortable using the basic language and speaking, not be an expert! Communicative context, with videos, audio, texts and conversation.

Spanish: Beginner Intensive Mon 17 Jun 2019   13:00 Finished

Fun introductory course to Spanish. This course is for those with little or no previous knowledge of Spanish. Communicative context, with videos, audio, texts and conversation.

Spanish: Intermediate new Mon 18 Jun 2018   13:00 CANCELLED

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Spanish: Intermediate Intensive new Mon 17 Jun 2013   15:00 Finished

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