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Study Orientation for International Postgraduate Taught Students. Sue Rigby Assistant Principal University of Edinburgh. Welcome to the University and to this Orientation day. Introduction content More welcomes People running the programme Context The Challenge Plan for session. Who we are.

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Study Orientation for International Postgraduate Taught Students

Sue Rigby

Assistant Principal

University of Edinburgh



Introduction content StudentsMore welcomesPeople running the programmeContextThe ChallengePlan for session


Who we are Students


Programme context: StudentsScotland and Edinburgh


Top 10 best City in the World Students

Voted by Wanderlust readers, 2008

Voted Best place to live in the UK

YouGov Poll of 10,000 UK residents, 2009

“Edinburgh isn’t so much a city, more a way of life ... I doubt I’ll ever tire of exploring Edinburgh, on foot or in print.”

Ian Rankin, bestselling crime writer andalumnus of the University of Edinburgh


Programme context: StudentsEdinburgh University


We are consistently ranked one of the top 50 universities in the world*

* THES – QS Ranking

96% of our disciplines have research that is world leading*

* 2008 UK-wide Research Assessment Exercise


Sharing our Global Vision with the world

China.

France.

Germany.

Australia.

Switzerland.

Norway.

India.

Belgium.

Mexico.

America.

Africa.

Japan.

Austria.

Fiji.

Pakistan.

We are also part of the Russell Group which represents 20 of UK’s leading Universities.

It is similar to US’s Ivy League group of Universities and Australia’s Group of Eight.



Our role in shaping the modern world the world

“One scientific epoch ended and another began with James Clerk Maxwell … the special theory of relativity owes its origins to Maxwell’s equations of the electromagnetic field.”

Albert Einstein, physicist and philosopher


Masters study in Edinburgh the world

Short timescale

High expectations

High aspirations

Large investment

Lots to do, not just work

-How to succeed and make the most of your studies?


Your blueprint for success – the world

assessment and feedback


Your expectations the world

Vocational or research masters?

Costly – should have value to you in future

Should give you specific and generic skills

PTES highlights challenges – confidence in new settings, transkills, career support – we are working on these, so must you…..


Your School the world

Provides teaching, but you may also take courses from other Schools or Colleges

Provides advice and administrative support for your Programme

Sets and marks your exams

Through the Board of Examiners ratifies your degree award



Taught component of masters the world

Two taught semesters

Most courses assessed by course work and exam

Must pass first time, you should check your local progression rules to see if you can continue with the Masters if you fail any elements of a course.



Feedback the world

How to do better next time – must be timely and forward looking

Comes from Programme Director,

Lecturers, Demonstrators

Make sure they do this!

Can come from Peers

Audit yourself – how to do this….


Dissertation the world

Research dissertation over the Summer

Prepare for this early

Talk to staff, use personal contacts

Make sure you get on with your Supervisor

Make sure you are clear about what is required from you

Nag, bully, be persistent in getting the help you may need


Where next? the world


Active learning

ACTIVE LEARNING the world

Tony Lynch

English Language Teaching Centre



Lectures
LECTURES the world


What are lectures for
What are lectures for? the world

  • One local view:

    “I don’t want just to hear my voice. What I really want is to hear students who are willing to question and challenge me, and take the debate forward”.


  • An alternative view: the world

  • “Being quiet in class, listening carefully and taking precise notes are regarded as traits of a good student”


Decisions in note making
Decisions in note-making the world

  • What the lecturer has said

  • What it means

  • Whether it’s important enough to go into your notes

  • How to note it down efficiently


Is a point important
Is a point important? the world

A critical attitude:

  • Analysing

  • Evaluating

  • Applying if relevant


Lecturing styles
Lecturing styles the world

  • Reading (more formal language)

  • Conversational (more informal)

  • Multi-modal (speech, writing, image, and body language - SWIBL)


Active interactive
Active = Interactive the world

  • Interaction inside your head: KEL

    KNOWLEDGE

    EXPERIENCE

    LECTURER’S WORDS

  • Interaction with other people

    LECTURER

    STUDENTS


Lecturers language
Lecturers’ language the world

  • Markers of importance

  • Markers of topic change

    DIGRESSION and RETURN

  • Markers of summary / conclusion

  • But relatively informal speech

    (so conversation practice helps)


Markers of importance
Markers of importance the world

  • Central / key / core / vital

  • Stress / underline / highlight

  • What this boils down to is…

  • The crux of the matter is…

  • The $64,000 question is…


Markers of topic change
Markers of topic change the world

  • Having looked at X, let’s turn to Y

  • I’d like now to move on to …

  • Incidentally / By the way / While I think of it… = DIGRESSION

  • Anyway … / As I was saying …

    = RETURN


Markers of summary conclusion
Markers of summary / conclusion the world

  • To sum up / In conclusion

  • What does all this mean?

  • At the end of the day…

  • For my money…

  • In a nutshell…


Seminars
SEMINARS the world


What are they for
What are they for? the world

The local view:

  • Exploration

  • Exchange

  • Participation

    An alternative view:

    “We just talk”


What can go wrong
What can go wrong? the world

  • “It was a disaster. They hadn’t done the reading. Nobody wanted to say anything, so I thought we might as well finish early”


Stages in participation
Stages in participation the world

  • Understanding

  • Processing

  • Forming a response to the speaker’s point

  • Producing that response

  • Listening to the next speaker

  • (Understanding, etc.)


Sources of difficulty
Sources of difficulty the world

  • Not understanding the previous speaker(s)

  • Not having anything to say

  • Having something to say, but not working out your response in time


Improving your understanding
Improving your understanding the world

  • Listen to a range of accents

  • Listen to discussions

  • Listen in on others’ conversations


Improving your speaking
Improving your speaking the world

  • For fluency - talk (to yourself, if necessary) in English

  • For conciseness : the 4-3-2 technique


Asking questions
Asking questions the world


Any questions
“Any questions?” the world

  • Complex relationship

  • Threat to ‘face’:

    - for the person asking

    - for the person asked

    Intercultural differences


An indonesian example
An Indonesian example the world

TL: Any questions?

S: No questions.

TL: What about the others?

S: They have no questions, either.

TL: How do you know they don’t have any questions?

S: Because...



Replies to requests
Replies to requests the world

  • I’ll see what I can do

  • I’ll do my best

  • I’ll do what I can

  • You’re not asking much, are you?

  • Send me an email


Ask… the world

… the right question

… of the relevant person

… at the appropriate time


Time management

Time Management the world


What will be the two biggest time management challenges that you face this year?

Please write them down


General advice
General advice you face this year?

  • Understand yourself:

    • How and when do you work best?

    • What are your bad habits?

    • Rewards and targets

  • Maintain a healthy work/life balance:

    • Stay healthy

    • Don’t get over-tired

    • Pace yourself


On course
On-course you face this year?

  • Managing your workload: Be prepared

  • Quality of work: Compromise

  • Task prioritisation: Assignments

  • Using feedback

  • You and your co-students are a brilliant resource for one another


Dissertation projects planning management
Dissertation Projects: you face this year?planning & management

  • Have a plan! : the process is significantly aided by clear project design

  • Research problemspecific questionsmethods and implementation

  • Accept the need for flexibility

  • Set intermediate targets and short term goals & deadlines

  • Discuss with supervisor(s)


Write down two examples of effective time management that you will try to follow this yearwww.ed.ac.uk/iad/postgraduates


Reading and writing effectively

Reading and Writing Effectively you will try to follow this year

Tony Lynch

English Language Teaching Centre


Reading effectively
Reading effectively you will try to follow this year

Economically

Strategically

Selectively


Everyone s problems
Everyone’s problems you will try to follow this year

size of reading lists

making time to do the reading


Strategies
Strategies you will try to follow this year

Look for clues on priorities

Decide your own priorities

Structure your reading

SQRRR (SQ3R)


Sqrrr
SQRRR you will try to follow this year

Survey (sample, skim)

Question

Read

Recall

Review


Advice on effective reading
Advice on effective reading you will try to follow this year

www.uefap.com

→ Links

→ Skills

→ Reading

→ Effective reading


Writing effectively
Writing Effectively you will try to follow this year

Key elements in academic writing:

APPROPRIACY (STYLE)

ACCURACY

CARE with REFERENCES


Appropriacy
Appropriacy you will try to follow this year

  • ‘Style’ = vocabulary > grammar

  • Use your reading to extend your stock of words and expressions

  • Make a note of those you find useful

  • Use them in your draft

  • If in doubt, google for them


Accuracy
Accuracy you will try to follow this year

Importance of writing “cycles”:

Rough plan

Reading and note-making

Outline

First draft

Revision

Second draft etc…


Revision
Revision you will try to follow this year

  • “The difference between successful and unsuccessful writers is that the successful ones revise more often”.

  • Final revision

    Editing

    Spellchecking

    Proofreading


Acknowledging your sources
Acknowledging your sources you will try to follow this year

The five Cs:

Care

Consistency

Completeness

Correctness

eConomy


Care you will try to follow this year

If you note down all the details of your sources when you do your reading, this takes care of itself.

It also means you save time when you are finalising your essay.


Consistency
Consistency you will try to follow this year

Ask your Programme Director if there is a programme ‘stylesheet’ for the presentation of References.

If not, analyse and follow the system used in one of the journals you are recommended to read.


Completeness
Completeness you will try to follow this year

ALL the sources you have used

ALL the details required for the types of source you are using:

book

journal article

chapter in an edited collection, etc.


Correctness
Correctness you will try to follow this year

Make sure you get right:

  • Spelling of authors’ names and technical terms in your field

  • Surname versus first name

  • Order of presentation in your References (alphabetical order, chronological order, etc.)


Economy
eConomy you will try to follow this year

Brown, G. (2009) “The value of the semi-colon in academic writing”. Journal of Pedantry, volume56, issue 3, pages200-214.

Brown G. 2009. The value of the semi-colon in academic writing. Journal of Pedantry 56/3: 200-214.


Guidance on academic writing
Guidance on academic writing you will try to follow this year

www.uefap.com

→ Links

→ Skills

→ Writing


Your blueprint for success – you will try to follow this year

assessment and feedback


Your expectations you will try to follow this year

Vocational or research masters?

Costly – should have value to you in future

Should give you specific and generic skills

PTES highlights challenges – confidence in new settings, transkills, career support – we are working on these, so must you…..


Your School you will try to follow this year

Provides teaching, but you may also take courses from other Schools or Colleges

Provides advice and administrative support for your Programme

Sets and marks your exams

Through the Board of Examiners ratifies your degree award


The academic year 2010/11 you will try to follow this year


Taught component of masters you will try to follow this year

Two taught semesters

Most courses assessed by course work and exam

Must pass first time, you should check your local progression rules to see if you can continue with the Masters if you fail any elements of a course.


Common marking scheme you will try to follow this year


Feedback you will try to follow this year

How to do better next time – must be timely and forward looking

Comes from Programme Director,

Lecturers, Demonstrators

Make sure they do this!

Can come from Peers

Audit yourself – how to do this….


Dissertation you will try to follow this year

Research dissertation over the Summer

Prepare for this early

Talk to staff, use personal contacts

Make sure you get on with your Supervisor

Make sure you are clear about what is required from you

Nag, bully, be persistent in getting the help you may need


Where next? you will try to follow this year


Understanding locals and making yourself understood

UNDERSTANDING LOCALS and you will try to follow this yearMAKING YOURSELF UNDERSTOOD

Tony Lynch

English Language Teaching Centre


Video clip
(Video clip) you will try to follow this year


Comprehension
Comprehension you will try to follow this year

isactive

exploits linguistic input, context, and the listener’s background knowledge

involves looking for reasonable interpretations of input


Extract from a radio interview
Extract from a radio interview you will try to follow this year


  • sex bender you will try to follow this year

  • six bender

  • sick spender

  • suspender

  • sex spender


Six bender
Six-bender? you will try to follow this year


Ballyregan bob
Ballyregan Bob you will try to follow this year


Input british accents
Input: British accents you will try to follow this year

(1955)

What ear jar ye?

High yoldar ye?

Aim seven


Accents
Accents you will try to follow this year

There is no Scottish accent


There are you will try to follow this yearlots of Scottish accents!

Main ones are: Edinburgh, Glasgow, Borders, Galloway, Dundee, Aberdeen, Highland, Western Isles, Orkney, and Shetland


Good news about scottish accents
Good news you will try to follow this yearabout Scottish accents

part path

S England /pαt/ /pαФ/

N England /pat/ /pæФ/

Scotland /paRt/ /pæФ/


Practical tips
Practical tips you will try to follow this year

Listen to Radio Scotland news:

Newsreader (written English, slight accent)

Reporters (spoken from notes, stronger accent)

Interviewees (spontaneous, accent/dialect)


Dialect words
Dialect words you will try to follow this year

Listen out for:

-nae instead of –n’t (“cannae”, “didnae”)

“wee” for small

“stay” for live (“where do you stay?”)

“will” for shall

“that’s me” = I’ve finished


Tips for speaking practice
Tips for speaking practice you will try to follow this year

TANDEM (EUSA)

Talk to shop assistants, lab technicians, servitors

Listen out for feedback from people listening to you


Profile book
PROFILE you will try to follow this year(book)

Principles, Resources and Options for the Independent Learner of English

Kenneth Anderson & Tony Lynch

Available for £5 from:

English Language Teaching Centre

21 Hill Place


That’s me you will try to follow this year


University of Edinburgh you will try to follow this year

Help

Advice

and

Resources

Kim Pearson and Johanna Holtan


University of Edinburgh you will try to follow this year

Ongoing visa and immigration advice and services with trained advisors

Police registration


University of Edinburgh you will try to follow this year

Information Events

Working after Studies

Preparing to go home


University of Edinburgh you will try to follow this year

University Sources of Help

Careers Service

Counselling Service

Student Disability Service

University Health Centre


University of Edinburgh you will try to follow this year

Other Resources

Online Study Skills Support at the IAD -http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/institute-academic-development

Also: courses offered by

English Language Teaching Centre

Institute for Academic Development

EUSA


Edinburgh University Students’ Association you will try to follow this year

The Advice Place


Edinburgh University Students’ Association you will try to follow this year


Edinburgh University Students’ Association you will try to follow this year

Best resource?

University staff and other Students…………..


University of Edinburgh you will try to follow this year

16th September 2011

Sandra Morris, International Office

Johanna Holtan, EUSA


Edinburgh University Students’ Association you will try to follow this year

Student Life

Freshers’ Week

Clubs and Societies

Sports Facilities

Volunteering

Events Programme

Go Global

PG Representation

Tandem Language Exchange


Edinburgh University Students’ Association you will try to follow this year

The International Student Centre (ISC)

The ISC is run by students for students.

Trips

Social events

Coffee evenings

Pub Nights

Facebook: “International Student Centre Edinburgh”

Web:www.isced.blogspot.com


Edinburgh University Students’ Association you will try to follow this year

The International Student Centre (ISC)

Friday 16th September

@ 13.00 and 16.00

Historical Tour of Edinburgh

Meet outside Teviot Debating Hall

Saturday 17th September

All day – trip to St Andrews

Tickets: £8.00


University of Edinburgh you will try to follow this year

Some examples of events last year

Trip to Stirling

Trip to Culzean Castle

Trip to Lindisfarne

Trip to Bamburgh Castle

Trip to Loch Katrine

Trip to Whisky Distillery

Web:www.isced.blogspot.com


University of Edinburgh you will try to follow this year

The University’s Hospitality Scheme

All new international and EU students can apply.

Hosts include staff of the university, alumni, friends of the university, students.

Applications for the Hospitality Scheme for 2011 academic year will open shortly.


University of Edinburgh you will try to follow this year

Some useful websites and places to go

theOracle.co.uk

( Google “free things to do in Edinburgh”)

Edinburgh.Gumtree.com

For furniture, electrical items, accommodation

Charity Shops

For clothes


University of Edinburgh you will try to follow this year

5 Things you MUST do while you are in Edinburgh!!!

You must climb Arthur’s Seat

You must attend at least one ceilidh

You must eat haggis (at least once!)

You must visit a castle

You must visit another part of Scotland

(for instance catch a train to North Berwick)


University of Edinburgh you will try to follow this year

All good people agree, And all good people say,All nice people, like us, are WeAnd everyone else is They:But if you cross over the sea,Instead of over the way,You may end by looking on WeAs only a sort of They!

From We and They“, Rudyard Kipling


University of Edinburgh you will try to follow this year

Enjoy your Studies! Enjoy Edinburgh!


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