This program is delivered by the British Council in association with The American University of Rome and is designed for those who meet the university admission requirements but require further development of their academic English language skills.
Those who complete the course and the final examination will receive the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) qualification and, subject to meeting other entry criteria, The American University of Rome will offer you conditional acceptance to the undergraduate program of your choice. For those who do enroll with AUR, the fees paid for this program will be reimbursed, with the cost of the program offset against tuition fees.
We will focus on:
The grammar and vocabulary necessary for academic study
The differences between conversational and academic English
The course will teach you to distinguish between formal and informal English and use each form correctly. Conversational forms such as phrasal verbs, idiomatic language and contracted forms should not be used in academic English, and written work can be penalized if it contains them.
Research and evaluation techniques
The reliability of sources used in academic work must be carefully evaluated. Wikipedia, for example, is not an authoritative source; however, a Wikipedia page may contain references to useful and reliable sources. You will learn how to find, assess and cite sources correctly.
Writing in an academic style
Academic writing requires a well-structured argument that runs clearly and coherently from introduction to conclusion. We will analyze examples of academic writing in a variety of contexts and practice writing in an academic style.
How to produce a successful presentation
The ability to present information with confidence and precision is an important part of academic study. This aspect of the course will focus on how to present information supported by visual representations of data, such as line graphs and pie charts.
Listening and comprehension skills
You will learn how to identify key information when listening to English and understand the rhetorical devices used by the speaker to guide the listener
Preparation for the IELTS exam
Thanks to our long-standing experience in IELTS, we give you the best possible preparation for the exam, covering all the essential skills and providing strategies and techniques to ensure the best result.
When does the next program run?
The next ELPUS program will run from September 15 until December 13 2019.
The program comprises 16 hours of classes per week (four hours per day, Tuesday to Friday) and the IELTS examination will take place in the week commencing January 6 2020.