In-sessional Courses & Workshops

Studying at university can be challenging. We can help you gain confidence in communicating effectively in your academic studies.

We also offer you opportunities to improve your social language skills, better understand British culture, and take the opportunity to meet other students from all over the world.

About our Courses & Workshops

Free to students who:

  • are currently enrolled on a degree course at the University of Lincoln (EU and international) and
  • speak English as a second language

6 – 8 lessons per course.
1 hour 15 minutes – 2 hours tuition time per lesson.

How to register for In-sessional courses and workshops

All students who wish to attend the In-sessional courses and workshops are required to take the Lincoln English Language Assessment (LELA).  Visit our LELA page for further information about the LELA. On the day of your assessment, please go to the room stated in your email. Please note you must have completed your enrolment and collected your Student ID Card before you can take the assessment. You will be asked to show your Student ID card to the teacher before you take the assessment.

Check the inbox of your student email account for your Individual Learning Plan (ILP). This will tell you the results of your assessment, provide course recommendations.  Your ILP is usually sent to you within 4 working days of taking the assessment.

Before you can attend a course or workshop, you must request a place.  A list of available courses and how to request a place will be provided when course registration is open.

 

Request places now for courses starting in February 2019

All requests for places must be submitted through Blackboard.  Read the Course Registration Guide to see how this works (click the front page on the right).

We also recommend that you read the ‘Important Information‘ section at the bottom of this page before you start attending classes.

Term 2 In-sessional Courses (February- April 2019)

English for Dissertation Writing
Grammar for Academic Writing (Upper-Int) Term 1 repeat
Culture & Conversation Term 2 repeat
Better Pronunciation Term 2 repeat
Grammar for Academic Writing (Upper-Int) Term 2 repeat
Essay Writing (Upper-Int) Term 1 repeat

English for Dissertation Writing

This course focuses on each of the distinct stages of dissertation writing. In this course you will learn:

  • how to develop a research question
  • how to identify and evaluate online research sources
  • how to take effective notes to get the most out of your sources
  • which chapters to include in a dissertation
  • more about the structure of each chapter
  • how to define terms you use
  • how to refer to the work of others to avoid plagiarism
  • how to use the language of quantitative and qualitative data
  • how to use cautious language (modals) and impersonal language (passive)
  • how to proofread your dissertation

Course Schedule

Course duration: 7 lessons in total,  1 lesson per week  /  Lesson duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
Class Time: Classes are on Mondays, 17:00 – 18:15
Starts: Monday 25th February (academic week 23)  /  Ends: Monday 8th April (academic week 29)  

Express your interest in this course
To request a place on this course, click the button below to login to Blackboard (opens in new tab).  Find the Community ID for this course in the list.  Hover your mouse pointer over the Community ID until you see an arrow appear to the right.  Click the arrow and select “Enrol”, then click the 'Submit' button. 

Request a place

Grammar for Academic Writing (Upper-Int) – Term 1 repeat

This course is for EU and international students who want to improve grammatical accuracy in their writing. In this course you will learn about:

  • sentence structure and academic vocabulary
  • how to introduce opinion in an academic/formal style
  • common grammatical errors and how to avoid them
  • how to write in a more academic style
  • how and when to use past, present and future tenses  

Course Schedule
Course duration: 6 lessons in total,  1 lesson per week  /  Lesson duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
Class Time: Classes are on Tuesdays, 13:30 – 14:45
Starts: Tuesday 26th February (academic week 23)  /  Ends: Tuesday 2nd April (academic week 28)  

Express your interest in this course
To request a place on this course, click the button below to login to Blackboard (opens in new tab).  Find the Community ID for this course in the list.  Hover your mouse pointer over the Community ID until you see an arrow appear to the right.  Click the arrow and select “Enrol”, then click the 'Submit' button. 

Request a place

Culture & Conversation Term 2 repeat

This course is a fun way to practise your speaking and conversation skills, and understand more about British culture. In this course you will learn:

  • about idioms and what they mean, expressions and new vocabulary
  • how to talk about current topics in the news
  • to develop language and strategies used in conversations
  • lots more about British culture and daily life
  • how to understand the difference between polite/formal and impolite/informal language 

New Material for Term 2
This course contains new material and therefore is different from the Term 1 course.  However, you don't need to have attended Culture and Conversation 1 to participate in this course.  

Course Schedule
Course duration: 6 lessons in total,  1 lesson per week  /  Lesson duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
Class Time:  The mixed level class (Intermediate, Upper Intermediate and Advanced) takes place on Thursdays, 14:30 – 15:45
Starts: Thursday 28th February (academic week 23)  /  
Ends: Thursday 4th April (academic week 28)  

Express your interest in this course
To request a place on this course, click the button below to login to Blackboard (opens in new tab).  Find the Community ID for this course in the list.  Hover your mouse pointer over the Community ID until you see an arrow appear to the right.  Click the arrow and select “Enrol”, then click the 'Submit' button. 

Request a place

Better Pronunciation (consonants) 2 repeat

This course is for international students who want to improve their pronunciation. In this course you will:

  • learn how to use correct tone and intonation
  • practise and recognise the different consonant sounds in English
  • practise how to produce words and sentences with the correct stress
  • practise and recognise the voiced and unvoiced consonant sounds
  • learn how the pronunciation of words is affected by connected speech

New Material for Term 2
This course contains new material and therefore is different from the Term 1 course.  However, you don't need to have attended Better Pronunciation 1 to participate in this course.  

Course Schedule
Course duration: 6 lessons in total,  1 lesson per week  /  Lesson duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
Class Time:  The mixed level class (Intermediate, Upper Intermediate and Advanced) takes place on Tuesdays, 15:30 – 16:45
Starts: Tuesday 26th February (academic week 23)  /  Ends: Tuesday 2nd April (academic week 28)  

Express your interest in this course
To request a place on this course, click the button below to login to Blackboard (opens in new tab).  Find the Community ID for this course in the list.  Hover your mouse pointer over the Community ID until you see an arrow appear to the right.  Click the arrow and select “Enrol”, then click the 'Submit' button. 

Request a place

Grammar for Academic Writing (Upper-Int) – Term 2 repeat

This course is for EU and international students who want to improve grammatical accuracy in their writing. In this course you will learn about:

  • sentence structure and academic vocabulary
  • how to introduce opinion in an academic/formal style
  • common grammatical errors and how to avoid them
  • how to write in a more academic style
  • how and when to use past, present and future tenses  

New Material for Term 2 
This course contains new material and therefore is different from the Term 1 course.  However, you don't need to have attended Grammar for Academic Writing 1 to participate in this course.  

Course Schedule 
Course duration: 6 lessons in total,  1 lesson per week  /  Lesson duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
Class Time: Classes are on Mondays, 15:00 – 16:15 
Starts: Monday 25th February (academic week 23)  /  Ends: Monday 1st April (academic week 28)  

Express your interest in this course 
To request a place on this course, click the button below to login to Blackboard (opens in new tab).  Find the Community ID for this course in the list.  Hover your mouse pointer over the Community ID until you see an arrow appear to the right.  Click the arrow and select “Enrol”, then click the 'Submit' button. 

Request a place

Essay Writing (Upper-Int) Term 1 repeat

This course focuses on improving your essay writing skills by allowing you to practice writing in class and receiving detailed feedback from your teacher. In this course you will learn:

During this course, you will:

  • consider the process of writing academic essays
  • examine the features of and practise writing the components of an academic essay (such as the introduction, main body and conclusion)
  • will receive feedback on written work

Please note this is different to the Dissertation Writing course.

Course Schedule

Course duration: 7 lessons in total,  1 lesson per week  /  Lesson duration: 1 hour 15 minutes 
Class Time: Classes are on Mondays, 18:30 – 19:45 
Starts: Monday 25th February (academic week 23)  /  Ends: Monday 8th April (academic week 29)  

Express your interest in this course
To request a place on this course, click the button below to login to Blackboard (opens in new tab).  Find the Community ID for this course in the list.  Hover your mouse pointer over the Community ID until you see an arrow appear to the right.  Click the arrow and select “Enrol”, then click the 'Submit' button. 

Request a place

 

Important Information

Absence Notification
Processing Time for Requests
Our Cancellation Policies
Questions?
Full Timetable

 

We expect students to notify us in advance and in writing if they think they will be absent from a lesson.  If you think you will be absent from class, please email englishlanguage@lincoln.ac.uk.  In your email, you should provide:

  • your full name
  • your Student ID
  •  the name of the course
  • the date and time of the lesson you are unable to attend.

Conditions for Authorised Absence
An authorised absence will only be granted if the email is received before the class starts.

Students can request a maximum of 2 authorised absences per course. Any further notifications of absence are appreciated but will not be authorised.

Unauthorised Absence and Removal from a Course
If you are absent for 2 consecutive lessons without prior notice, we will assume you no longer want to attend and your place will be cancelled and where possible, offered to another student.

 

We are expecting large numbers of requests, so please be patient. 

We will respond to your email as soon as possible. 

We aim to respond to all requests within 2 working days, however during busy periods it may be longer. 

Each course that you are registered for will appear in your Blackboard communities so please check these regularly.

 

Course Cancellation Please note there must be a minimum number of student registrations for each class in order for us to run these courses. If there are not enough students registered courses may be cancelled.  

Students who have registered will be informed if the course is not running.   Lesson Cancellation We aim to notify all students at least 24hrs in advance if a class has to be cancelled, however, in exceptional circumstances this might not be possible.

 

If you have questions about the In-Sessional courses, please visit our In-Sessional Courses Questions & Answers page.

The full timetable for In-sessional courses starting in week 19 is available to  view and print below (click to enlarge).