On 20 July 2020, we launched our first-ever online PEASS (Pre-sessional English and Academic Study Skills) course and welcomed – virtually – 68 international students on our 10-week program, joining us from China, the United Arab Emirates and Thailand. The English Language Centre has extensive experience in running the PEASS courses on campus, but to deliver these online, our specialist course coordinators have significantly redesigned both the study materials and assessment protocol to adapt to this new learning environment.
Two weeks in, our PEASS students are working hard on their academic English and study skills, supported by our team of experienced tutors. In preparation for their studies at the University of Lincoln, our students are learning about the fundamentals of academic writing, practising reading authentic academic texts and listening to lecture-style talks and presentations on a variety of contemporary issues whilst learning how to communicate through seminar discussions and presentations. Delivery of the course is being supported by the very latest technology available at Lincoln, which is helping to keep everyone connected during their studies so that they can interact both with each other and with their tutors.
On 24 August we will welcome another group of students to our 5-week program, which will also be delivered online. Like the 10-week program, this is designed to prepare students for University life but will be a more intensive course. Our coordinators and tutors are already in the process of preparing to welcome this new cohort, and we can’t wait to get started!