Our Professional Skills track is an ‘enrichment’ track, which we offer to our delegates in order to supplement their study. The courses within the track include critical thinking, academic writing and intercultural communication. The aim of these courses is to develop key study/professional skills applicable to all disciplines. For international delegates, we hope this will help develop their confidence in professional English.
About This Programme
|Length||Professional Skills courses take place during the month of August. Delegate can choose one course per week in professional skills track, it is also possible to choose a course that is not in this track.|
|Lectures, Exams & Credits||Delegates will participate in one course per week.
An assignment will be given during each course (one examination per week). Course examination results will be listed in your official academic transcript. Workload of Summer Institute at Oriel College Oxford is designed to be equivalent to:
– 4-6 ECTS (2-3 US credits) per two-week session
Oriel College (University of Oxford, UK) will award for each delegate who successfully graduates from the programme with a Certificate of Attendance and Achievement and an Academic Transcript.
The Academic Transcript will also be presented and will contain the following information:
– Courses attended and chosen lecture track
|Accommodation||Single dormitory room with shared bathroom facilities, includes daily breakfast. The full board option is available to all students for an additional fee of 420 GBP.|
|Fees||Please see our fees & tuition.|
|Prerequisites||This is an open enrolment course, we recommend applicants to have prior knowledge or strong interest in the subject/course they are enrolling in.|
|Additional Information||In addition to lectures given, this course also includes various extra-curricular activities such as social events & leisure activities, visits to businesses and institutions in London, and excursions to famous places and historical landmarks. Learn more about Programme Information.|
- Course Timetable
- Course Description
* Delegates are welcome to participate in multiple sessions. Each week, students will participate in a course of their choice in their preferred track.
* Each track offers courses in one academic discipline.
* It is possible for delegates to choose a course that is not in their track.
* As the beginning of the programme nears, enrolled delegates will be asked to select their courses.
* Delegates will be assigned to courses, subject to availability. While we are able to allocate most students to their preferred courses, on some occasions students will be allocated their second choice.
* Delegates are welcome to extend their stay by participanting in multiple sessions either in Oxford or our sister-programme Cambridge Summer Institute at Magdalene College, Cambridge.
Below is a draft schedule for Summer Institute at Oriel College (click to enlarge)
*Disclaimer* Changes to the course description, topics, programme structure, and schedules may occur due to the availability of faculty members at the actual time of the programme.
- Critical Thinking
- Intercultural Communication
- Research Methodology and Academic Writing
- Business and Legal Communication
1. Critical Thinking
Students will learn how to identify and critique implicit claims in academic and journalistic writing, what characterises weak arguments and how to formulate strong ones, as well as how to interrogate visual arguments in video or photographic media. Critical thinking is the ability to think clearly and rationally about what to do or what to believe. Common topics include: understanding the logical connections between ideas, solving problems systematically, evaluating arguments, identifying mistakes in and the relevance of reasoning. Critical thinking should not be confused with being argumentative or critical of other people. Critical thinking allows us to acquire knowledge, improve our theories, and strengthen arguments. This has great importance in the context of enhancing work processes and improving social institutions.
2. Intercultural Communication
This course will look at key academic and practical topics involved in intercultural communication. Drawing on the fields of literary studies, linguistics, anthropology, ethnography, and cultural studies, delegates will analyse topics including, ‘Communicating between cultures’, ‘Translation’, ‘Verbal and Non-verbal Communication’, and ‘Cultures and Concepts’.
3. Research Methodology and Academic Writing
Students will acquire practical skills, including how to interpret essay questions, how to structure and reference an academic essay, as well as how to write with clarity, brevity and maximum impact. Significantly, delegates will acquire academic guidance on how to productively conduct research for an academic or professional essay/thesis/dissertation/report.
4. Business and Legal Communication
This course is designed to develop an individual’s confidence and ability to use English within a professional environment. Covering topics such as negotiation, business presentations, client communication, and self-communication, this course is an excellent preparation for future experience in the business or legal sectors of an English-speaking environment both with clients and about focus on the reading, writing, and listening skills of the English language in a business context. By being able to understand and use the business language, participants will be able to further their career in both their work quality and building relationships among colleagues and clients. This course will provide delegates the ability to communicate on an international level using precise and correct legal language. Upon completion of the course, participants will improve their confidence in explaining points of law, enhance their drafting and editing skills, and ultimately represent their organisation in a more effective manner.
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