Language training

For the academic year 2020/21, the TEA Project is offering a variety of language courses which are open to all members of the university: teachers, researchers, doctoral students and administrative staff. You do not have to be teaching in English to participate.

Cambridge Advanced Exam preparation course

THIS COURSE IS NOW CLOSED FOR THE ACADEMIC YEAR 2020/21. PLEASE CONTACT US AGAIN IN SEPTEMBER 2021 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION.

This year the TEA Project will be offering a Cambridge Advanced Exam preparation course for academics and PhD candidates. This exam is an officially recognized C1 English language qualification for individuals who use English to work at university, communicate professionally, participate in workplace meetings and academic tutorials/seminars, and carry out complex and challenging research.

The course will offer structured, language-focused lessons with special attention to the four skills (reading and use of English, writing, listening, and speaking) and the modalities of the exam. With consistent, weekly participation throughout the academic year, you should be prepared to take the exam during the summer.

There will be two groups.

  • Online
  • Schedule: Tuesdays from 9:30 to 10:30
  • Start date: 3 November 2020 (registrations accepted until the end of November)
  • Location: Teams
  • Contact: Kelsey.Hull@ulb.be
  • Face to face
  • Schedule: Wednesdays from 15:00 to 16:30
  • Start date: 4 November 2020 (registrations accepted until the end of November)
  • Location: Solbosch Campus
  • Contact: Kelsey.Hull@ulb.be

Course book: Objective Advanced 4th edition Student Book. (ISBN: 9781107691889)

Space is limited, and priority will first be given to those who teach in English. More information about the exam is available here :

Click here to register for either course.

Practical writing in English for the university context

This flexible online writing course is focused on the practical needs of teachers, researchers and staff at university level. It is an opportunity to get feedback on your written English and to get practice in writing emails for more delicate situations, for example chasing someone to meet their deadlines or politely declining a request for collaboration.

In this course, you will explore a variety of different email types, and then move on to other forms of written communication common in university settings. The overall goal of each unit is to enable you to understand the language conventions used in English and to develop your vocabulary, thereby improving your general writing skills.

Course units:

  • General emails 1: form and function
  • General emails 2: formal and informal language
  • Emails 3: invitations and requests
  • Emails 4: thanks and refusals
  • Writing a course description (fiche de cours)
  • Course organisation (exam instructions, UV announcements, explaining requirements and expectations)
  • Written feedback on student work

You will also have the opportunity to request support on other specific kinds of practical writing that you find difficult.

Each unit contains an introductory podcast, language activities with immediate feedback, and several open ended writing exercises. The writing tasks will be corrected by the teacher and returned to you with feedback and suggestions for improvement.

The course works with 2 week rolling units. Every second Monday, a new unit is published and you are encouraged to complete the tasks before the following Friday. The workload is approximately 1 hour per week but can be extended if you would like to request additional exercises and feedback. You can submit written tasks for correction and feedback at any time during the course.

  • Online
  • Schedule: New unit published every two weeks.
  • Start date: 2 November 2020 and onwards
  • Location: UV online
  • Contact: nell.foster@ulb.be

Click here to register for the course.

Collaborative correction of scientific articles in English

Perhaps you use a proofreading service to prepare your articles for publication? The TEA Project can help to proof read your article whilst at the same time helping you to improve your academic English. We are offering a limited number of ‘collaborative correction’ sessions, to a total of around 5 hours. We will work in tandem with you to proofread your article – this can be online or in person depending on covid conditions.

During these sessions, we will identify your strengths and weaknesses in your writing, and can provide additional grammar or vocabulary instruction to help to address tricky areas. The overall goals is to ensure that you develop a deeper understanding of your own ‘writing profile’ as well as strategies and knowledge for clearer and more accurate writing.

  • Online/face-to-face
  • Schedule: As arranged between the teacher and participants
  • Start date: Open
  • Location: Teams/face-to-face depending on restrictions and preferences
  • Contact: nell.foster@ulb.be

Click here to sign up for sessions.