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.
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.)
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.
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!
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.
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.
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