Academic English: achieve your potential. An online course developed by Steve Roberts, MA DTCE graduate


Our MA DTCE graduate, Steve Roberts has developed a 15hr online course: Academic English: achieve your potential.



It’s particularly useful for remedial work, autonomous learning and possibly ‘flipping the classroom’.

The 15hr online course is aimed at learners about to enter university (under- or post-grad) explores the core skills required for each stage of the writing process, including developing a research question, reading efficiently, planning effectively, writing cohesively, referencing correctly and editing effectively. We look specifically at writing a research paper (such as an end-of-term essay). The skills you learn through this process will be incredibly useful later on in a dissertation or thesis.

There are 15 content modules. Each module covers a component of the writing process and includes the following elements:
Key points on the topic
A short video lecture discussing the topic in more dept
An interactive quiz to reinforce important concepts
A task to complete in a personalised portfolio
A set of thought-provoking questions to reflect on

The course is based on a face-to-face course Steve taught for Open Society Foundations to scholarship awardees from about 20 different countries. Common issues throughout the writing process for L1 and L2/3/etc. speakers are dealt with so they can hit higher education running.

You can access the course at:

If any of our students would like to try a few free sample modules, see this URL:

You can also check out the course’s home page for a short promo video, more about the curriculum and platform.
Steve Roberts

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