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Study orientation for international postgraduate taught students

Study Orientation for International Postgraduate Taught Students

Sue Rigby

Assistant Principal

University of Edinburgh


Study orientation for international postgraduate taught students

Welcome to the University and to this Orientation day


Study orientation for international postgraduate taught students

Introduction contentMore welcomesPeople running the programmeContextThe ChallengePlan for session


Study orientation for international postgraduate taught students

Who we are


Study orientation for international postgraduate taught students

Programme context:Scotland and Edinburgh


Study orientation for international postgraduate taught students

Top 10 best City in the World

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


Study orientation for international postgraduate taught students

Programme context:Edinburgh University


Study orientation for international postgraduate taught students

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


Study orientation for international postgraduate taught students

Sharing our Global Vision with

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.


Study orientation for international postgraduate taught students

Influencing the world since 1583


Study orientation for international postgraduate taught students

Our role in shaping the modern 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


Study orientation for international postgraduate taught students

Masters study in Edinburgh

Short timescale

High expectations

High aspirations

Large investment

Lots to do, not just work

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


Study orientation for international postgraduate taught students

Your blueprint for success –

assessment and feedback


Study orientation for international postgraduate taught students

Your expectations

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…..


Study orientation for international postgraduate taught students

Your School

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


Study orientation for international postgraduate taught students

The academic year 2010/11


Study orientation for international postgraduate taught students

Taught component of masters

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.


Study orientation for international postgraduate taught students

Common marking scheme


Study orientation for international postgraduate taught students

Feedback

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….


Study orientation for international postgraduate taught students

Dissertation

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


Study orientation for international postgraduate taught students

Where next?


Active learning

ACTIVE LEARNING

Tony Lynch

English Language Teaching Centre


Expectations of pgs

Expectations of PGs


Lectures

LECTURES


What are lectures for

What are lectures for?

  • 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”.


Study orientation for international postgraduate taught students

  • An alternative view:

  • “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

  • 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?

A critical attitude:

  • Analysing

  • Evaluating

  • Applying if relevant


Lecturing styles

Lecturing styles

  • Reading (more formal language)

  • Conversational (more informal)

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


Active interactive

Active = Interactive

  • Interaction inside your head: KEL

    KNOWLEDGE

    EXPERIENCE

    LECTURER’S WORDS

  • Interaction with other people

    LECTURER

    STUDENTS


Lecturers language

Lecturers’ language

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • To sum up / In conclusion

  • What does all this mean?

  • At the end of the day…

  • For my money…

  • In a nutshell…


Seminars

SEMINARS


What are they for

What are they for?

The local view:

  • Exploration

  • Exchange

  • Participation

    An alternative view:

    “We just talk”


What can go wrong

What can go wrong?

  • “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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Listen to a range of accents

  • Listen to discussions

  • Listen in on others’ conversations


Improving your speaking

Improving your speaking

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

  • For conciseness : the 4-3-2 technique


Asking questions

Asking questions


Any questions

“Any questions?”

  • Complex relationship

  • Threat to ‘face’:

    - for the person asking

    - for the person asked

    Intercultural differences


An indonesian example

An Indonesian example

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...


Study orientation for international postgraduate taught students

... you are a good teacher.


Replies to requests

Replies to requests

  • 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


Study orientation for international postgraduate taught students

Ask…

… the right question

… of the relevant person

… at the appropriate time


Time management

Time Management


Study orientation for international postgraduate taught students

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

Please write them down


General advice

General advice

  • 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

  • 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: 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)


Study orientation for international postgraduate taught students

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

Tony Lynch

English Language Teaching Centre


Reading effectively

Reading effectively

Economically

Strategically

Selectively


Everyone s problems

Everyone’s problems

size of reading lists

making time to do the reading


Strategies

Strategies

Look for clues on priorities

Decide your own priorities

Structure your reading

SQRRR (SQ3R)


Sqrrr

SQRRR

Survey (sample, skim)

Question

Read

Recall

Review


Advice on effective reading

Advice on effective reading

www.uefap.com

→ Links

→ Skills

→ Reading

→ Effective reading


Writing effectively

Writing Effectively

Key elements in academic writing:

APPROPRIACY (STYLE)

ACCURACY

CARE with REFERENCES


Appropriacy

Appropriacy

  • ‘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

Importance of writing “cycles”:

Rough plan

Reading and note-making

Outline

First draft

Revision

Second draft etc…


Revision

Revision

  • “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

The five Cs:

Care

Consistency

Completeness

Correctness

eConomy


Study orientation for international postgraduate taught students

Care

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

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

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

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

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

www.uefap.com

→ Links

→ Skills

→ Writing


Study orientation for international postgraduate taught students

Your blueprint for success –

assessment and feedback


Study orientation for international postgraduate taught students

Your expectations

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…..


Study orientation for international postgraduate taught students

Your School

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


Study orientation for international postgraduate taught students

The academic year 2010/11


Study orientation for international postgraduate taught students

Taught component of masters

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.


Study orientation for international postgraduate taught students

Common marking scheme


Study orientation for international postgraduate taught students

Feedback

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….


Study orientation for international postgraduate taught students

Dissertation

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


Study orientation for international postgraduate taught students

Where next?


Understanding locals and making yourself understood

UNDERSTANDING LOCALS and MAKING YOURSELF UNDERSTOOD

Tony Lynch

English Language Teaching Centre


Video clip

(Video clip)


Comprehension

Comprehension

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


Study orientation for international postgraduate taught students

  • sex bender

  • six bender

  • sick spender

  • suspender

  • sex spender


Six bender

Six-bender?


Ballyregan bob

Ballyregan Bob


Input british accents

Input: British accents

(1955)

What ear jar ye?

High yoldar ye?

Aim seven


Accents

Accents

There is no Scottish accent


Study orientation for international postgraduate taught students

There are lots 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 about Scottish accents

partpath

S England /pαt//pαФ/

N England/pat//pæФ/

Scotland /paRt//pæФ/


Practical tips

Practical tips

Listen to Radio Scotland news:

Newsreader (written English, slight accent)

Reporters (spoken from notes, stronger accent)

Interviewees (spontaneous, accent/dialect)


Dialect words

Dialect words

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

TANDEM (EUSA)

Talk to shop assistants, lab technicians, servitors

Listen out for feedback from people listening to you


Profile book

PROFILE (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


Study orientation for international postgraduate taught students

That’s me


Study orientation for international postgraduate taught students

University of Edinburgh

Help

Advice

and

Resources

Kim Pearson and Johanna Holtan


Study orientation for international postgraduate taught students

University of Edinburgh

Ongoing visa and immigration advice and services with trained advisors

Police registration


Study orientation for international postgraduate taught students

University of Edinburgh

Information Events

Working after Studies

Preparing to go home


Study orientation for international postgraduate taught students

University of Edinburgh

University Sources of Help

Careers Service

Counselling Service

Student Disability Service

University Health Centre


Study orientation for international postgraduate taught students

University of Edinburgh

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


Study orientation for international postgraduate taught students

Edinburgh University Students’ Association

The Advice Place


Study orientation for international postgraduate taught students

Edinburgh University Students’ Association


Study orientation for international postgraduate taught students

Edinburgh University Students’ Association

Best resource?

University staff and other Students…………..


Study orientation for international postgraduate taught students

University of Edinburgh

16th September 2011

Sandra Morris, International Office

Johanna Holtan, EUSA


Study orientation for international postgraduate taught students

Edinburgh University Students’ Association

Student Life

Freshers’ Week

Clubs and Societies

Sports Facilities

Volunteering

Events Programme

Go Global

PG Representation

Tandem Language Exchange


Study orientation for international postgraduate taught students

Edinburgh University Students’ Association

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


Study orientation for international postgraduate taught students

Edinburgh University Students’ Association

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


Study orientation for international postgraduate taught students

University of Edinburgh

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


Study orientation for international postgraduate taught students

University of Edinburgh

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.


Study orientation for international postgraduate taught students

University of Edinburgh

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


Study orientation for international postgraduate taught students

University of Edinburgh

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)


Study orientation for international postgraduate taught students

University of Edinburgh

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


Study orientation for international postgraduate taught students

University of Edinburgh

Enjoy your Studies! Enjoy Edinburgh!


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