Proficiency holders (C2 level only) can take the test on Thursday 08/10/2015 at 15.00-16.00 in A2 (Chemistry Building) in order to be exempt from the written and oral exam requirements in English 1.


Office hours

This semester I will be teaching English (for Chemistry, Materials Science and Mathematics) in three departments.

You can find in my office (G301, Chemistry Building) any day and time (until 15.00) except the following teaching hours:

Mon. 9.00-12.00 English for Materials 1 (A210)

Tues. 13.00-15.00 English for Maths (A208)

Wed. 9.00-12.00 English for Chemistry (A1)

Thu. 12.00-15.00 English for Materials (A115)

Fri. 9.00-11.00 English for Maths  (A208)

12.00-15.00 English for Chemistry (A3)

Telephone: (0030) 2810- 545102 Email: k a t s a m p o x a k i   A T  u o c  D O T  g r

Welcome to English for Chemistry and English for Materials Science at the University of Crete (UOC)! This undergraduate programme lies heavily on your ability to understand, speak, read and write in English in a manner that abides by the scholarly and scientific conventions around the world.
English 1
In the first year, you will be reading science-related academic texts in English and you will be expected to write and produce a considerable amount of essays or tasks in order to be able to proceed to the next level.  Your class will be divided in two groups and participation (contribution to discussions) is necessary for you to get a high score. Please contact your instructor Kallia Katsampoxaki-Hodgetts for further details (katsampoxaki@uoc.gr, tel. 2810545102).
You may opt out of the Language support scheme (for English 1 only) if you are a  Proficiency holder ONLY. Proficiency Certificate Holders (C2 Level, Cambridge or Michigan) can be exempted from English 1 requirements (such as the Presentations and the Final exam) if they score 7.5 or higher in the Diagnostic test to be held on the first week of October in the Seminar Room of the Chemistry Department (next to the Postgraduate Secretariat Office), time TBC. Those of you that are found to be of appropriate level  will be required to complete one weekly task; join the current online course in order to provide corrective feedback to three students (for all five assignments).
For more information, you may go to chemistryenglish.wordpress.com , our class website.
English for Chemistry courses 1 and 2 are compulsory for all UOC students and they are a prerequisite for graduation.
English 2
English 2 is not more demanding than English 1 in terms of vocabulary. It is more demanding in terms of contribution and participation.  However, no students can be exempted from English 2. This is a coursework and presentation- based module with NO EXAMS. You will be joining an online platform in order to submit your coursework every week and give feedback to your peers.
Academic English and Chemistry Terminology
In year 3, there is also an optional course available which offers advice on how to write and publish chemistry papers (research).
We hope that you will meet or even exceed the requirements of the above modules,
kind regards,
Kallia Katsampoxaki-Hodgetts
EAP/ESP Instructor
University of Crete

Here is a list of resources on the recent topic of interest (How to write a paper in a journal)

by Kiki Divini, EAP Tutor, School of Medicine, UOC.
1. How to read a paper

2. Art of reading a journal article: Methodically and Effectively (JOMFP)

3. How to write a scientific article

4. Running head: how to write the Methods, Results and Discussion , Jeff Aspelmeiner

5. How to write a paper in scientific journal format and style (abacus.bates.edu)

6. Writing Results and Materials and Methods Sections

7. How to write an effective discussion ( Respir. Care, 2014)

Tulpesh Scientific Workshop



English 2 assessment for students registered in 2014-2015 will be based on coursework (four  quizzes and ten assignments other than your ppt slides and oral presentation. ) and an oral Presentation only. There are no exams in June or September.

Older students (resgistered before 2014-2015) can take the September exam or opt to submit the coursework required in the following spring semester.

New reviewers (in peer-reviewed journals) evaluate the language as well as the science of the work published. Here are some questions they ask:

  1. Does the paper fit the standards and scope of the journal it is being considered for?
  2. Is the research question clear?
  3. Was the approach appropriate?
  4. Are the study design , methods and analysis appropriate to the question being studied?
  5. Is the study innovative or original?
  6. Does the study challenge existing paradigms or add to existing knowledge?
  7. Does it develop novel concepts ?Does it matter ?
  8. Are the methods described clearly enough for other researchers to replicate ?
  9. Are the methods of statistical analysis and level of significance appropriate?
  10. Could presentation of the results be improved and do they answer the question?
  11. If humans, human tissues or animals are involved, was ethics approval gained and was the study ethical?
  12. Are the conclusions appropriate?
If the science is sound but the language is poor, some reviewers may suggest edits, whereas others might flag up to the editor that the paper needs an English language edit. If the language is so poor it is difficult to assess the science you might recommend the author improves the language and resubmit.

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