Geoscience with English language – course details

Short-course – Spring 2019

Geoscience topics

History of the earth: Timeline and fossils
Planet dynamics: tectonics (volcanoes and earthquakes)
Minerals: exploration, extraction and conservation

Geological techniques

Fieldwork
Mineral identification
Fossil identification
Reading rocks
Introduction to research (planning your own project)

Geo-politics

What price the earth
Taxation and royalties
Rights of indigenous peoples

English for academic purposes and presentation skills

Scientific vocabulary
Academic and scientific writing
Research and reading in English
Presenting and speaking

Geoscience with English language - course outline

DateActivities
Friday, 19th AprilCourse graduation ceremony, prizes and certificate presentation

WEEK 1:
Monday, 1st April to
Friday, 5th April

English: focus on vocabulary building, reading and writing, conversation and academic discussion practice

Topics: Geoscience overview
Origin of the earth
Tectonics - structure of the earth, earthquakes and volcanoes

Project: Volcano building

Excursion: Understanding rocks and tectonics at the University of Oxford Natural History museum
Saturday, 6th to
Sunday 7th April
English: Conversation and academic discussion and debate practice
Field trip 1: Natural History Museum, London

WEEK 2:
Monday, 8th April to
Friday, 12th April

English: Focus on understanding scientific text and writing, student written fieldwork presentation.

Topics: Fossils, minerals we use and fossil fuels
Exploration and extraction techniques (mining, oil & gas, rare earth metals, etc.)

Project: Using microscopes to examine minerals, rocks and fossils

Excursion: Fossils in the field - Woodeaton quarry - fossil identification
Saturday, 13th to
Sunday, 14th April
English: Conversation and academic discussion and debate practice
Field trip 2: Jurassic Coast

WEEK 3:
Monday, 8th April to
Friday, 12th April

English: Focus on speaking and presentation skills, oral student presentations on a fossils or minerals topic. End of course assessment.

Topics: Geoscience, humans and the future – policy & planning, taxation and royalties, conservation, environmental impact, rights of indigenous peoples, hazards, waste, etc.

Project: Best practice in scientific research – planning your own Geoscience project

Excursion: Rock reading – “A Geologist's tour of Oxford”