Frequently Asked Questions

The CAL aims to provide students with a learning support system for courses with English as the medium of instruction (EMI courses) in order to assist students in improving their academic writing and oral communication skills in English by offering resources as a scaffolding system. The CAL offers academic English writing and oral communication tutoring, hosts relevant workshops and professional courses, and has a study space with computers and books students can use and read here. On the website, the CAL has a collection of online resources for students to make good of.

Literacy is an integrated competence that combines knowledge, capabilities, and attitude. Academic literacy, thus, reflects the skills, attitudes, and behaviors that contribute to students’ academic success, such as domain knowledge, positive attitude, and self-motivation. The academic skills includes critical thinking, the integrated use of literature, developing and executing a research plan, oral presentation of research results, and so on. Therefore, the CAL is dedicated to enhancing the English academic literacy of NTNU students with the aim of helping them be able to read literature, write papers, and present research results in writing or in speech in English.

EAP is the initialism of English for Academic Purposes, also known as Academic English. EAP is the English teachers and students at a higher education institute have to use in educational and academic settings, for example, the language used for classroom discussion, group presentations, writing reports, reading literature, and conducting research. EAP is concerned with the different student needs, compared with EGP or English for General Purposes.

The CAL offers academic writing and oral communication tutoring. Please feel free to book a session on the Services page. The CAL hosts workshops and training courses on an irregular basis. On the website, there is a collection of online learning resources. Besides, the NTNU Library and Office of Academic Affairs organize a variety of activities for English learning, for example, English reading groups, English chatroom, spelling contests, and English writing workshops.

The CAL offers academic English writing tutoring. You are more than welcome to book a session on the Services page. On the website, there is a collection of online resources which are very useful for writing reports and papers.  

The CAL offers academic English speaking tutoring. You are more than welcome to book a session on the Services page. On the website, there is also a collection of online resources which are very useful for oral presentation and academic communication.  

The CAL organizes relevant workshops and training courses on an irregular basis.

The academic writing tutors works with you to help with your writing projects in respect of organization and structure, grammatical use, word choice, and/or writing styles, but they do not translate, revise, or proofread your work.

The CAL hires excellent graduate students at NTNU to be the academic writing or speaking tutors. They all possess a native or advanced level of English proficiency and experience in academic writing and/or presentations, and thus are able to offer suggestions for students’ writing and/or speaking performance. 

Please stay tuned to the updates on the CAL’s website If you are interested in becoming a tutor. Looking forward to your joining us.