Academic Writing & Presentation Skills

Hosting Higher Education Institution:
Dorset College Dublin
Institution website:
Sunday, 14 April, 2024 to Friday, 19 April, 2024
Registration fee:
€495 (5 day course + activities + full-day tour on Sunday)
Fee reductions/waivers:
Eligible for Erasmus+ funding. Please contact the Erasmus+ or International Coordinator in your Institution for information about grant application.
Maximum number of participants:
Deadline for applying:
Sunday, 7 April, 2024
Accommodation provided
Contact person details:
Please use the following link to make your enquiry.

If you wish to speak to the person who is managing our Erasmus programmes, please contact:

Head of International
Patricia Enzweiler

Why take this course?

This course is ideal for early-career lecturers, administrative staff in academic sectors, and researchers eager to enhance their foundational academic writing and presentation skills, with a special emphasis on the nuances of style and register in both written and spoken contexts.

What will I study?

Day 1: Foundations of Academic English and Register

Introduction to the importance of register in academic writing.

Building an academic vocabulary (reference to the Academic Word List)

Adapting sentence structure to suit formal academic register.

Language aspects considered:

-         Abbreviations

Day 2:  Academic Writing Style

Structuring academic paragraphs with a focus on stylistic choices.

Exploring academic tone and stylistic nuances.

Crafting a paragraph with attention to style and register.

Language aspects considered:

-         Hedging and signposting

-         Reporting language

Day 3: Presentation Skills with a Stylistic Edge

Basics of academic presentation with a focus on linguistic style.

Pronunciation and stylistic expression.

Effective use of stylistically appropriate visual aids.

Language aspects considered:

-         Presenting with visual information - (Figures / statistics / charts / trends)

-         Comparing and contrasting

Day 4: Synergizing Writing and Speaking with Style

Harmonizing written skills with oral expression, focusing on stylistic coherence.

Preparing a stylistically aware presentation based on written work.

Peer feedback focusing on style and register.

Language aspects considered:

-         Identifying arguments and using supporting evidence

-         Paraphrasing

-         Using cautious language - levels of politeness

Day 5: Professional Presentation Workshop

This final-day workshop will provide participants with a holistic and practical toolkit to effectively manage presenting through English.

Participants will complete a stylistically and register-appropriate written assignment and presentation and receive individual feedback focusing on style, register, and overall effectiveness.

Course conclusion with tips for continuous stylistic and register development.

Materials provided

All photocopies/handouts and powerpoint presentations provided

Minimum Level of English: B1 on the CEFR (Intermediate)

To Register: Click HERE 

Delivery: in person at Dorset College. 

Active Social Programme: We have an active social programme at the college which changes each month.  

Accommodation Options: We have a number of options that participants can choose from.  You can book your own accommodation or apply for Dorset College accommodation at enquiry stage.  We offer student apartments or a host family.  Accommodation prices are available upon request.