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Academic English live online course

Develop your Academic English skills before attending a degree course at university or before presenting an academic paper at an international conference.

The group course option takes place over five weeks. You will participate in ten 1-hour seminars and have two private tutorials.

Live online Individual Tuition (1-to-1) courses via Skype or Zoom can be adapted to your specific area of study or research. This course is also suitable if you wish to prepare for an examination such as IELTS, First Certificate or Advanced.

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Course Profile: Academic English live online group course

This online group course is a series of ten 1-hour seminars sessions taking place over five weeks.

The course is designed to give students the opportunity to participate and to practise their seminar skills as they improve their Academic skills more generally.

What to expect:

Seminar session overview and optional self-study

  • Session 1: Course introduction & seminar skills
    • Listening & Speaking
    • Cross-cultural communication
    • Participating in groups
    • Optional self-study: Video & student forum discussion. Reading
  • Session 2: Writing
    • Noun phrases
    • Collocations
    • Optional self-study: Worksheet. Online practice
  • Session 3: Listening
    • Active listening
    • Summarising & paraphrasing
    • Optional self-study: Video & student forum discussion. Reading
  • Session 4: Writing
    • Paragraphs & Linking
    • Optional self-study: Worksheet. Online research & student forum discussion
  • Session 5: Reading
    • Critical thinking & developing a reading strategy
    • Optional self-study: Video. Reading

Individual tutorial

  • Session 6: Writing
    • Editing & error correction
    • Optional self-study: Video & online practice
  • Session 7: Speaking
    • Presentations
    • Optional self-study: Online research & student forum discussion. Video
  • Session 8: Writing
    • Cause & effect
    • Pros & Cons
    • Optional self-study: Reading. Video
  • Session 9: Writing
    • Critical assessment
    • Essays & literature reviews
    • Vocabulary
    • Optional self-study: Worksheet. Reading. Student Forum
  • Session 10: Writing
    • Personal statements & CVs
    • Optional self-study: Video. Reading

Individual tutorial


Course Level

Suitable for:

Intermediate B1Advanced C1

Course Summary

  • 10 x 1-hour seminars (1 hour = 60 minutes)
  • 10 x additional self-study tasks for each seminar (optional)
  • 2 x individual tutorial with your teacher
  • Experienced and qualified teacher of English for Academic Purposes
  • Course certificate
  • Seminar times 08.00 - 09.00 GMT, Tuesdays & Thursdays

Course Outcomes

  • Speak and write more fluently in English
  • Use a wide range of appropriate academic vocabulary
  • Be more confident in academic environments and situations

Course Profile: Academic English live online 1-to-1 course

Individual Tuition (1-to-1) classes are very adaptable to your specific needs. Topics and requested skills can be changed and added to throughout the course. Please feel free to discuss changes and extra requests with your teacher.

What to expect:

Focus on academic speaking skills

  • presenting your ideas in a discussion
  • presenting lectures and papers
  • clarifying
  • dealing with Q&A sessions

Focus on enhancing your pronunciation

  • improving clarity
  • reducing accent

Focus on academic writing skills

  • sentence and paragraph structure
  • cohesion and coherence in writing
  • summarising, paragraphing and hedging
  • proof reading

Focus on academic listening and reading skills

  • as required

Corrective feedback

  • throughout the course from your teacher

Course Level

Suitable for:

Intermediate B1Advanced C2

Course Summary

  • A block of 5, 10, 15, 20 live teacher contact hours (1 hour = 60 minutes)
  • 20-minute pre-course needs analysis review with your teacher
  • Directed self-study tasks in the form of readings, writings and speaking preparation
  • Experienced and qualified teacher of English
  • Course certificate and language report
  • Study times between 08.00 - 20.00 GMT, Monday to Saturday
  • Live language sessions held via Zoom or Skype, as preferred by the client
  • Minimum age 18

Course Outcomes

  • Speak and write more fluently in English
  • Use a wide range of appropriate academic vocabulary
  • Be more confident in academic environments and situations
  • Make progress in areas that you have particular difficulty with

Once you have booked your course, you will be sent a needs analysis form to complete with your topic and skills requests. Once we receive your needs analysis form and before your first class, you will have a 20 minute conversation with your teacher regarding your needs analysis form and course content.

Prices: Academic English live online group course

Course Session dates Price of course
June 2022 May 31st, June: 2nd, 7th, 9th, 14th, 16th, 21st, 23rd, 28th, 30th £250
August & September 2022 August 30th, September: 1st, 6th, 8th, 13th, 15th, 20th, 22nd, 27th, 29th £250

Course: June 2022

Session dates: May 31st, June: 2nd, 7th, 9th, 14th, 16th, 21st, 23rd, 28th, 30th

Price of course: £250

Course: August & September 2022

Session dates: August 30th, September: 1st, 6th, 8th, 13th, 15th, 20th, 22nd, 27th, 29th

Price of course: £250

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Prices: Academic English live online 1-to-1 course

Individual Tuition (1-to-1) Online Course
30 minutes = 25 GBP
30 minutes x 4 (2 hours) = 99 GBP
5 hours = 240 GBP
10 hours = 450 GBP
15 hours = 625 GBP
20 hours = 750 GBP

30 minutes = 25 GBP

30 minutes x 4 (2 hours) = 99 GBP

5 hours = 240 GBP

10 hours = 450 GBP

15 hours = 625 GBP

20 hours = 750 GBP

Class blocks to be completed within the following timeframes:

30 minutes x 4 within 1 month

5 hours within 1 month

10 hours within 2 months

15 hours within 3 months

20 hours within 4 months

Price Includes

  • all teaching
  • 20 minute pre-course assessment and needs analysis
  • guided self-study throughout the course
  • end of course language report
  • certificate of attendance

A timetable for this option is not currently available.

A timetable for this option is not currently available.

Terms & Conditions for online classes


  • 1 hour = 60 minutes
  • Online teaching will take place via Zoom or Skype, as agreed with the client before the first class
  • Client must provide the completed needs analysis form at least 72 hours before the first class. Email the form to [email protected]
  • Classes to take place between 08.00 - 20.00 GMT, Monday to Saturday. Exact class times will be arranged at mutually suitable times for client and teacher
  • If it is necessary to change the arranged class times, the client and teacher can negotiate mutually suitable days and times for classes. Changes can be made as necessary, provided both parties are aware of and agree to the change in advance
  • Classes cancelled by the client 23 hours or less before the class start time will be charged at the full rate and will not be recuperated
  • Classes cancelled by the client 24 hours or more before the class start time can be postponed to another mutually suitable day within 14 days of the original class
  • In case of absence, the teacher will be substituted by an equally qualified colleague and the client notified in advance. The option to postpone the class will also be given
  • Correction or proof-reading of a dissertation, thesis or academic paper will incur an extra cost. Please contact us to discuss these requirements

Book an online course and receive a 10% discount on any course taking place at ECS Scotland school in Edinburgh during 2021.

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