Centre for Academic Language

Last changed: 14 June 2019
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Do you have a written assignment or an oral presentation coming up? Whether it is a literature review, a lab report, your thesis or an abstract for a conference, you may need support and feedback.

The Centre for Academic Language is closed for summer and will open again when the autumn semester starts.

The Centre for Academic Language provides support for students preparing a written or oral presentation, in Swedish or English. Pay us a visit during our drop-in hours, or make an appointment with a language tutor. You will find instructions for making appointments at the different campuses below.

We can help you with

  • Getting started, overcoming "writer's block" or "speech fright"
  • A work plan
  • Language and style
  • Structure and outline
  • Abstract technique
  • Opportunity to practice and get feedback on your oral presentation skills
  • Study technique

What we cannot do is help you choose content, or proofread your text. Our support is intended to serve as an aid to self-help. You can also make an appointment with a tutor when you start planning your text or your oral presentation, before you have a text to discuss. If you need special support, for example due to dyslexia or a neuropsychiatric disability, you can apply for learning support.

Drop-in

If you only want to ask a short question or two, you're welcome during our drop-in hours. Hours depend on which campus you are at:

  • Umeå: Thursdays 14-16, Academic Resource Centre, Umeå University library
  • Uppsala: Wednesdays 13-15, computer room 2 at the SLU University Library. 
  • Alnarp: Wednesdays 13-16, the Kätten room at the SLU University Library. 

One-to-one sessions

  • We need your text or presentation, or your plan, at least 24 hours before your appointment.
  • Include any instructions you have received for the assignment.
  • Describe what kind of help you want.
  • Each session is 45 minutes long.
  • During the session, you discuss parts of your text together with the tutor.
  • You can book up to three sessions for each text/presentation.
  • Remember to bring your own copy of the text or script, either printed or on a computer.

How to make an appointment

Opening hours and booking procedures vary slightly depending on which campus you're studying at:

Alnarp

Drop-in hours, no appointment needed:

  • Wednesdays 13-16, the Kätten room at the SLU University Library.
  • If you have started your writing, please include the text you want help with and instructions for the assignment.

Umeå

In Umeå, you can book a tutor at the Academic Resource Centre (ARC) at Umeå University

  • Send a mail to studieverkstad@umu.se. State your phonenumber, name, degree programme, semester and that you are an SLU student. Make sure to book well in advance, preferably at least a week.
  • Describe what aspects of your writing you want help with.
  • Enclose your text or presentation, or your plan. We need your text no later than 8.00 the day before your appointment, unless otherwise agreed.
  • Enclose the instructions you have received for the assignment, and explain if there is any aspect of the assignment you find particularly difficult.
  • Remember to bring a copy of the text or script yourself, as a printout or on your computer.
  • If you cannot make your appointment, please let us know.

SLU-students in Umeå are also welcome to attend the open lectures or make use of the walk-in service at the ARC. 

Uppsala

  • Email academic-language@slu.se to book a tutorial. State your name, degree programme and semester. Make sure to book well in advance, preferably at least a week.
  • Describe what aspects of your writing you want help with.
  • Enclose your text or presentation, or your plan. We need your text at least 24 hours before your appointment.
  • Enclose the instructions you have received for the assignment, and explain if there is any aspect of the assignment you find particularly difficult.
  • Remember to bring a copy of the text or script yourself, as a printout or on your computer.
  • If you cannot make your appointment, please let us know.

If you only want to ask a short question or two, you are welcome during our drop-in hours:
Wednesdays 13-15 in Computer room 2 at the library. 

Skinnskatteberg

Tutorials take place over the web with a tutor at SLU in Uppsala.
You can borrow a headset and a webcam at the service desk.

  • Email academic-language@slu.se to book a tutorial. State your name, degree programme and semester. Make sure to book well in advance, preferably at least a week.
  • Describe what aspects of your writing you want help with.
  • Enclose your text or presentation, or your plan. We need your text at least 24 hours before your appointment.
  • Enclose the instructions you have received for the assignment, and explain if there is any aspect of the assignment you find particularly difficult.
  • Remember to bring a copy of the text or script yourself, as a printout or on your computer.
  • If you cannot make your appointment, please let us know.

Flyinge, Wången and Strömsholm

Tutorials take place over the web with a tutor at SLU in Uppsala.
You can borrow a headset and a webcam from the Director of study.

  • Email academic-language@slu.se to book a tutorial. State your name, degree programme and semester. Make sure to book well in advance, preferably at least a week.
  • Describe what aspects of your writing you want help with.
  • Enclose your text or presentation, or your plan. We need your text at least 24 hours before your appointment.
  • Enclose the instructions you have received for the assignment, and explain if there is any aspect of the assignment you find particularly difficult.
  • Remember to bring a copy of the text or script yourself, as a printout or on your computer.
  • If you cannot make your appointment, please let us know.
Facts:

Please note that the language tutors do not revise entire texts, proofread or approve/pass texts. The tutorial is intended as a 'help you help yourself'. If you need special support, for example because you have dyslexia or a neuropsychiatric disability, you can apply for special educational support.

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