Preparing English for Academic Purposes


First semester Register

(1) OT: date of placement test

(2) Where? In the "Where?" column you will find the name of the room or auditorium where the course takes place. You will find detailed info in the "Where to find us?" section.

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Content information

Starting level:
You have a basic knowledge of English grammar, but you still encounter problems writing and speaking fluently and correctly in English.
To test your knowledge, you have to take a placement test.

At the end of this course the students will be able to process and write short academic texts. The lessons are built up around typical structures and common expressions from scientific texts (e.g. graphs, objects or describing experiments). They mainly emphasize the relevant grammatical items necessary to understand these texts. Another important goal is to acquire a broad scientific vocabulary based on the Academic Word List.

Basic grammatical structures are revised and expanded; new academic terminology from different disciplines is introduced. The introduced structures and expressions are then consolidated and practiced in concrete scientific contexts. Self-study tasks and writing assignments are offered to further process the course material on an individual basis.

Placement test: Yes

Administrative data

Course abbreviation: PEAP

Programme: VTO

Course fees

Price category: B

Useful info

Course book: UCT course book. You will receive this book from your language teacher in class.

Recommended books:

  • Eastwood J. (2006): Oxford Practice Grammar Intermediate With Key and CD-ROM Pack, Oxford: OUP
  • The New Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary, Cambridge: Cambridge UP

Recommended books extra information:
If you buy one or more of these books at Standaard Boekhandel, Kouter 31, 9000 Gent you receive a discount of 10% on the official price. Just mention that you are a UCT student.



Number of tuition hours: 30

Period: 1st sem.

Course book available at: UCT

For who?:

  • students who are taking or aim to take up an English Master
  • students who have to write (a paper, a thesis, …) in English
  • doctoral students in preparation of the course “Advanced Writing Skills”