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In-sessional EAP modules

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We provide a wide range of weekly in-sessional English language support classes tailored to the needs of all academic disciplines in the university. These modules are available to all registered TCD undergraduates and postgraduates for whom English is not a first language.

With the help of our qualified EAP instructors, you will develop the academic English skills you need for full participation in your course of study, whether for oral presentations, written assignments, examinations, writing up your dissertation or completing your capstone project.

Classes take place daily from Monday to Friday during Michaelmas and Hilary terms. Each module runs for 12 weeks.

These modules are free of charge to all Trinity students. Attendance is strictly monitored in order to ensure that all students have the opportunity to attend their EAP module of choice. Places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Students may take more than one module where there is availability. The range of modules offered may vary by term and subject to demand.

Academic Writing

This module will enable you to develop the written discourse skills you require for assessment across a range of academic genres.
Topics include:

  • Acquiring and incorporating appropriate academic vocabulary
  • Structuring an academic assignment, including paragraph structure
  • Developing and strengthening argumentation
  • Citations and referencing, paraphrasing and avoiding plagiarism

Oral Fluency

This module will support you in the development of advanced speaking skills in English, in order for you to participate effectively in class and group discussions. This module has a particular focus on honing your skills in oral presentations.
Topics include:

  • How to give an effective academic presentation
  • Oral skills for group work and seminar discussions
  • Pronunciation and prosody
  • Effective use of spoken discourse markers
  • Giving peer feedback, handling questions from the floor.

English for Business

This module will enable you to develop the English writing and speaking skills you need for written assignments, oral presentations, and discussions in business-related disciplines.
Topics include:

  • Incorporating academic vocabulary into business-related assignments
  • Structuring an essay with supporting case studies
  • Vocabulary for group work and discussions
  • Delivering an effective presentation with visual aids

English for Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

This module will enable students enrolled in in programmes in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences to develop the academic writing and speaking skills required for assignments and in-class presentations.
Topics include:

  • Development of discipline-specific academic vocabulary
  • How to cite, paraphrase and avoid plagiarism in AHSS assignments
  • Structuring a long assignment, including how to write an effective introduction and conclusion
  • Reading strategies for academic texts, including identifying an author’s stance

English for Science, Engineering and Health Sciences

This module will enable you to develop the English writing and speaking skills you need for written assignments, oral presentations and discussions in scientific disciplines, including engineering and health sciences.
Topics include:

  • Specific academic vocabulary related to scientific disciplines
  • Delivering class presentations
  • Engaging in discussions and group work
  • Reporting research and writing effectively on scientific topics
  • Reading and analysing sources; writing across scientific genres