Basic English Writing and Presenting Skills for University


Overview: Description This course offers support if you need to improve your English for university studies. The aim is to develop your grammar skills in order to enable you to undertake future academic assignments successfully. This course can be taken parallel to its sister courses to complete a 30 credit semester, offered as 3 separate courses in the series:
Basic English Reading and Vocabulary Skills for University, 7.5 credits
Basic English Grammar Skills for University, 7.5 credits
Basic English Writing and Presenting Skills for Universtiy, 15 credits.

Admission requirements

General requirements for university studies.


credits 32% final grades 34% national university aptitude test 34%


Syllabus for students spring 2021, spring 2020, spring 2019

Course Code:
AK203E revision 1
Swedish name:
Grundläggande engelska för universitetsstudier, skrivande och muntlig presentation
Level of specialisation
Main fields of study:
No main fields
Date of ratification:
27 August 2018
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Education and Society
Enforcement date:
21 January 2019

Entry requirements

General requirements for university studies.

Specialisation and progression relative to the degree regulations

The course credits can form part of a degree, but not as a part of English as a major subject.


The aim of the course is for students to acquire knowledge and understanding of various types of academic language; furthermore, they should develop the ability and assurance to communicate, both in writing and orally, and observe established genre conventions.


The course focuses on the distinctive features of academic genres (both written and oral). The aim is for students to recognize the structures underpinning these genres and to understand their rationale. Furthermore, the students are trained to communicate both orally and in writing in an academic context, and also to reflect on their own and others’ written and oral production. Learning activities include lectures, seminars, group work, independent written work and self-study. The teaching is based on active scholarship, which implies that students have a large responsibility for their own learning.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student:
1. demonstrates a basic understanding of argumentation, style and structure in different academic genres, both written and oral;
2. can apply an understanding of the basic elements of rhetoric to the construction of short, genre-specific, academic texts,
3. demonstrates an ability to carry out oral academic presentations;
4. demonstrates a basic ability to analyse, describe and assess academic language, and
5. demonstrates an analytical and reflective approach to his or her own use of academic language and to academic language in general.

Learning activities

Writing Tasks:
Via submission of pieces of written work, each as a separate task, students will submit the various stages of essay writing for informal evaluation and feedback. These task submissions will then be compiled and perfected to provide the basis of the graded assignment. This series of tasks aims at developing different crucial aspects of the writing process.
Presentation Tasks:
Non-graded Presentation Task: students will receive instruction, via lectures and practical workshops, in rhetorical presentation skills. As preparation for the graded presentation, students will be given a Non-graded Presentation Task for practical evaluation and feedback on individual presentation skills.


The course is examined through four written assignments (1, 2, 2, and 6 credits respectively) and through oral assignments (4 credits in total):
Written Assignment 1 (A1), 1 credit Assesses learning outcomes 1, 2, and 4.
Written Assignment 2 (A2), 2 credits Assesses learning outcomes 1, 2, 4, and 5.
Written Assignment 3 (A3), 2 credits Assesses learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, and 5.
Written Assignment 4 (A4), 6 credits Assesses learning outcomes 1, 2, 4, and 5.
Oral Presentation (OP), 4 credits Assesses learning outcomes, 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.
Grades for the written assignments are A, B, C, D, E, U (Fail); grades for the oral presentation are PASS/FAIL

Grading system

Excellent (A), Very Good (B), Good (C), Satisfactory (D), Pass (E) or Fail (U).

Course literature and other teaching materials

Mapels, W. and Redman, P. (2011). Good Essay Writing: A Social Sciences Guide. 4th Edition. SAGE Publications Ltd Digital Comp: London.
Van Emden, J. and Becker, L. (2010). Presentation Skills for Students. London: Palgrave Macmillian. ISBN 9780230243040.
Other course material may be provided by the course tutor as appropriate, up to a maximum of 200 pages consisting of both electronic material and hard copy.

Course evaluation

The University provides students who participate in or who have completed a course with the opportunity to make known their experiences and viewpoints with regards to the course by completing a course evaluation administered by the University. The
University will compile and summarize the results of course evaluations as well as informing participants of the results and any decisions relating to measures initiated in response to the course evaluations. The results will be made available to the students (HF 1:14).

Interim rules

If a course is no longer offered or has undergone major changes, students will be offered two re-take sessions based on the syllabus in force at registration during a period of one year from the date of the implementation of the changes.

Other Information

Language of instruction: English

Course reports


The education is provided by the Faculty of Education and Society at the Centre of Academic Learning.

Further information

Anita Marttila, Student Administrator
Phone: 040-6657345


29 March 2021 - 06 June 2021 Day-time 100% Malmö Application code: mau-16133

National application round

Tuition fees

for non-EU students only

First instalment: 20000 SEK
Full tuition Fee: 20000 SEK

Application deadline 15 October