Communication Skills

  • Teaching hours per week: Each first year student takes three hours weekly
  • Timetable: 1 x two hour class according to the needs of degree subject assessments, plus a one hour CS Plenary lecture every Wednesday
  • Maximum class size: 25 students

At the University of Bedfordshire, we want you to get the most out of your time with us. That's why the University has created a core programme of timetabled communication skills classes, which all EU and international students are required to attend.

We know how important it is, both during your time at University and in your career afterwards, to continually develop and enhance your intercultural communication skills.

Many employers and visa sponsors will look for evidence (in addition to your academic achievements) of excellent English language proficiency and career skills.

In Communication Skills we learn how to write academically, how to summarise, how to paraphrase, how to avoid plagiarism. So it's very helpful.

Dominika from Poland
1st year BA Psychology

Writing at an academic level is very difficult. CS helped me to create my own analysis, evaluation and synthesis.

Constantin from Albania
1st year BA Criminology

Communication Skills is designed to help you boost your course grades and become an effective communicator. This core unit consists of three parts:

Academic skills

  • Preparing your assignment from task to task submission
  • Paraphrasing, summarising, synthesizing and referencing
  • Listening and note-taking skills
  • Dissertation writing

British university culture

  • Awareness of British university interaction and practice
  • Seminar skills
  • Approaches to independent study
  • Avoidance of plagiarism

Communicating effectively within your subject area

  • Presentation technique
  • Appropriate formats and language for correspondence
  • Subject-specific vocabulary
  • English language improvement

Find out why communication skills are important in today's world and learn all about the unique programme University of Bedfordshire designed to help students become first-class presenters, improve their referencing and boost their confidence when it comes to communicating in English:

Find out how Communication Skills Classes helps our Students with their studies:

As part of the communication skills programme, all international students can benefit from attending plenary lectures every Wednesday evening. You will be asked to take notes during the lectures by inspirational speakers, and then write an essay on the lecture theme. Valuable feedback will be provided from which you will be able to recognise your improvements during the course of the year.

Below are the remaining Plenary lectures for this academic year, taking place at 5pm and again at 6pm.

No Lecturer Lecture Title Date Time
1 Dr Desmond Skeel Analyse this! 27 January 2021 5pm
2 John Lapwood vs Monika Pietruch Debate: Is technology dumbing us down? 03 February 2021 5pm
3 Leo Tzampazis Motivation for success 10 February 2021 5pm
4 Paul Owen Critical thinking in a Post Fact World 17 February 2021 5pm
5 Dr Nuzhat Jafari Research issues 24 February 2021 5pm
6 Theo Maniski The advantage of happiness 03 March 2021 5pm
7 Bruce Mortimer Developing your professional ethics 1o March 2021 5pm
8 CS Debate Employability: What it takes 17 March 2021 5pm
9 Kate Tame How do we communicate? 24 March 2021 5pm

Communication Skills Plenary Lecture Benefits

  • Targeted feedback from essays
  • Listening skills
  • Note-taking practice
  • Observing and interacting
  • Writing and reporting skills
  • Cultural awareness
  • Interesting and varied topics
  • Submission of task answers via Turnitin - see your CS Unit on BREO


Find out more

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