ELC Achieve 100% Pass Rate for Online Summer PEASS

Congratulations to the English Language Centre team, who have achieved a 100% student success rate on the most recent intake of the Online PEASS (Pre-sessional English and Academic Study Skills) programmes (5-week and 10-week duration).

The PEASS  programmes are constantly reviewed and aligned with changing learner and programme needs. As we are all aware, with our new online delivery format, this is particularly challenging when connecting with international students across multiple time zones, cultures and languages. This achievement recognises the team’s ability to engage with learners and overcome these obstacles through their hard work, dedication and commitment.

These students will shortly be joining their main university programmes for the October term. They have successfully completed a course to enhance their skills enabling them to feel better prepared for university life.

Feedback from a recent graduate stated, “The PEASS course is an amazing opportunity for all international students who are looking to succeed in their ambitions in Lincoln. Please keep it up, cheers”.

The English Language Centre wishes them every success in the future and will continue to offer its English support services to further develop their English and academic skills.

ELC reopens Monday 4th January 2021

The English Language Centre is closed for the festive break from 16:30 on Friday 18th December 2020, and will reopen at 08:30 on Monday 4th January 2021.

We have enjoyed supporting you all online digitally and look forward to continuing to help you all in 2021.

Have a great break!
The English Language Centre team


ELC wins Team Achievement Award for Online PEASS 2020

This month the ELC is celebrating! Our team received a Team Achievement Award for successfully running our first ever online PEASS course.

Previously, we had always run our 5 and 10-week PEASS courses on campus. However, in spring of this year it was unclear whether our international students would be able to travel to the UK to attend our classes, so we were asked to adapt our regular PEASS course in preparation for online delivery.

We decided that the best experience for students would be one in which they had access to high quality materials for independent study, while also participating in daily live sessions in small groups. MS Teams was chosen as our Virtual Learning Environment and it proved to be a reliable, accessible, and interactive platform, ideal for supporting collaboration.

We made sure that extra time was dedicated to one-to-one tutorials this year and also created a new role for a support tutor who provided extra group sessions before the beginning of classes each morning. This meant that our online students received plenty of individual attention and extra help with their learning throughout the course.

In addition, we redesigned our assessments to suit the online environment. A continuous assessment approach was implemented with students building an e-portfolio with an emphasis on reflection on the learning process. This was so successful that it will also be applied to our on-campus courses from 2021.

Our first online PEASS was a resounding success, with 138 of 139 students passing the course. None of this would have been possible of course without our team of dedicated and experienced tutors who were there to guide students through each of their assessments. Also, we couldn’t have done it without the ongoing administrative support from our ELC admin team, Wendy and Ricky! They made sure that all our students were able to complete their enrolment process and get online on time for week 1.

Go team!

ELC Introduction & LELA: Week commencing 12th October

If you haven’t already attended then we would like to invite you to the English Language Centre (ELC) introduction session where you can learn about what the ELC offers.

In the short live session you will learn about ELC’s workshops, short courses and one-to-one support (completely free to international students).

At the end, you will be asked to complete the LELA (Lincoln English Language Assessment), a simple diagnostic test which allows the ELC to establish your level of English and offer the right course level.

(Please note that the Lincoln International Business School asks all international students, for whom English is not the first language, to take the LELA so that the School and the ELC can know what potential support you need.)

You can find dates and times of the next sessions here: www.elc.lincoln.ac.uk/lela

Once you have taken the LELA you will then be able to join our free In-sessional Courses and Workshops, registration for these will open in the near future! www.elc.lincoln.ac.uk/in-sessional

Our second online PEASS course (5 week duration)

After the current successes of starting our first online 10 -week PEASS  (Pre-sessional English and Academic Study Skills) course we have launched our second online PEASS course and welcomed – virtually – over 70 international students on our 5-week program, joining us from around the world!

This programme last for 5 weeks, so is more intensive due to the shorter duration than then 10-week programme.

We have already conducted the inductions for the PEASS students and they are working hard on their academic English and study skills, supported by our team of experienced tutors.

We look forward to welcoming students onto their full time programmes at the University of Lincoln.

Our first online 10 week PEASS course

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!

Ricky celebrating 5 years at the University of Lincoln

Our team member Ricky has been working for the University of Lincoln for exactly 5 years today! We might be working from home at the moment, but we will definitely be celebrating when we return to work.

Originally he started in 2015  at the Lincoln International Business School where he helped support the international and home postgraduate students, he later used what he had learned to be an International Student Support Officer, working more closely with home and international students to increase their internationalisation and enhance the student experience.

Ricky is enjoying his new role with the English Language Centre, here he is now able to help support students to succeed across the entire campus working for a central department.

ELC Service Update – COVID19 – Delivery Online

In line with the University’s plan to remain operational for teaching, learning and the delivery of professional services, from Tuesday 17th March 2020 In-sessional classes and drop in sessions will be delivered online.

English Language Centre staff are working remotely and will not be in our usual office in SLB2003.

Please continue to book drop in sessions as normal and a member of the team will contact you to organise the support.

Please direct enquiries to: englishlanguage@lincoln.ac.uk