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Language Centre

ENGLISH FOR ACADEMIC PURPOSES Presessional Programmes 2017


Welcome to our EAP Presessional Courses! Course Description Our LN904, LN905, LN906 and LN907 presessional courses are for students who wish to improve their academic English before beginning a taught postgraduate course at LSE. Students will learn more about studying at LSE and will develop a solid foundation from which to succeed. Successful completion of LN904 and LN905 is also a way to fulfil the language requirements of a conditional offer to study at LSE. Course Content On our presessional courses you will practise the academic English and skills needed to: • Write academic essays • Read academic texts • Listen to lectures and take notes • Participate in seminar discussions • Present complex issues

Attending the presessional programme at the LSE Language Centre was deeply motivating and, I have no doubt, of primary importance for my MSc. Takumi Konno 2


Classes and Teaching Methods We keep classes small to maintain high quality teaching so there won’t be more than 15 students in a group. Our classes are interactive and we have a friendly, welcoming atmosphere but you will still be expected to work hard! One-to-one Tutorials In addition to classes, one of our expert teachers will be your designated tutor for the duration of the programme. They will provide individual feedback on tasks you complete during the programme and will monitor your progress throughout the course. Teaching Team All our teachers are fully qualified and combine extensive teaching experience with an EAP specialism in one or more of the subjects offered by LSE departments.

LN904: Extended 10-week intensive course in English This is our extended EAP presessional course: 19 June – 25 August 2017. Entry Requirements • This course is suitable for students with conditional offers to study a taught postgraduate course at LSE. • If you have an offer that is conditional upon meeting English language requirements, you must submit an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) certificate showing that you are within one band of those requirements to be eligible for LN904. This certificate must be less than two years old.

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LN905: Standard 5-week intensive course in English This is our standard EAP Presessional course: 24 July – 25 August 2017. Entry Requirements • This course is suitable for students with conditional or unconditional offers to study a taught postgraduate course at LSE. • If you have an offer that is conditional upon meeting English language requirements, you must submit an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) certificate showing that you are within half a band of those requirements to be eligible for LN905. This certificate must be less than two years old.

Apart from improving my basic English skills, I was trained to be able to deal with academia and research. The programme boosted my confidence to express ideas clearly, both orally and in written form. Nattanan Tangsakul

This course is a great opportunity to improve both professionally and personally. Angela Quiroga

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Assessment on LN904 and LN905

The LSE Test simulates the sort of tasks students will have at LSE. Assessment is via a combination of coursework and examination.

Coursework • An academic essay (20%) • A presentation and questions (20%) Examination The end-of-course examination examines the four key skills of reading, listening, writing and speaking and recognises the integrated nature of these skills in an academic context.

✓ Academic Reading: three academic

Reading and Note-Taking (60 minutes)

Lecture and Note Taking (40 minutes)

texts on a social science subject with questions. (15%)

✓ Academic Listening: an academic

lecture with a note-taking exercise and questions. (15%)

Academic Essay (60 minutes)

✓ Academic Writing: an academic

essay integrating information from the reading and listening. (15%)

✓ Academic Speaking: a viva based

Presentation and Questions (15 minutes)

on the reading, listening and essay (15%)

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LN906: Short 2-week intensive course in English This is our short EAP Presessional course: 4 September – 15 September 2017. Entry Requirements This course is suitable for all undergraduate and taught postgraduate students with unconditional offers to study a course at LSE.

LN907: EAP for Law This is a subject specific EAP programme: 4 September – 15 September 2017. Entry Requirements This programme is suitable for students with unconditional offers to study an LLM at LSE.

Assessment on LN906 and LN907 You will receive detailed feedback on written and spoken tasks and will have weekly 1-2-1 tutorials to help you improve your academic English. However, there are no exams and you will not receive a final grade for the course.

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Contact

If you would like further information about our presessional courses, please get in touch: General Course Enquiries LSE Language Centre Tel +44 (0)20 7955 6713 Email: languages@lse.ac.uk Accommodation Enquiries Residential Services Office and Residences Fees Team lse.ac.uk/lifeAtLSE/accommodation/home.aspx Visa Enquiries International Student Visa Advice Team (ISVAT) lse.ac.uk/intranet/students/ISVAT/ home.aspx

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Language Centre

LSE Language Centre Ground Floor, 20 Kingsway Houghton Street London, WC2A 2AE Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 6713 lse.ac.uk/language

Pre sessional booklet 2017