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 May/June 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 3 In-sessional Courses (June – July 2019)

Culture & Conversation
English for Dissertation Writing (Term 2 Repeat)
Grammar for Academic Writing

Culture and Conversation (Mixed)

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 3
This course contains new material and therefore is different from the Term 1 and Term 2 course.  However, you don't need to have attended Culture and Conversation 1 and/or 2 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, 12:00 – 13.15
Starts: Thursday 6 June (academic week 37)  
Ends: Thursday 11 July (academic week 42)  

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

ext-decoration: underline;">English for Dissertation Writing  (Mixed Levels)

 

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: 8 lessons in total, 2 lessons per week 
Lesson duration: 1 hour 30 minutes 
Class Time: Classes are on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 15:00 – 16.30  
Starts: Tuesday 4 June (academic week 37)
Ends: Wednesday 26 June (academic week 40)  

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

English for Dissertation Writing  (Mixed Levels)

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: 8 lessons in total, 2 lessons per week 
Lesson duration: 1 hour 30 minutes 
Class Time: Classes are on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 15:00 – 16.30  
Starts: Tuesday 4 June (academic week 37)
Ends: Wednesday 26 June (academic week 40)  

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-Intermediate & Advanced) Term 3

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
-common grammatical errors and how to avoid them
-how to write in a more academic style
-how to use tenses more accurately and appropriately in academic writing

Course Schedule 
Course duration: 6 lessons in total, 1 lesson per week 
Lesson duration: 1 hour 15 minutes


Class Time (Upper-Intermediate): Classes are on Tuesdays, 12.00 – 13:15
Starts: Tuesday 4 June (academic week 37) 
Ends: Tuesday 9 July (academic week 42)  

Class Time (Advanced): Classes are on Wednesdays, 12.00 – 13:15
Starts: Wednesday 5 June (academic week 37) 
Ends: Wednesday 10 July (academic week 42)  

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

Term 3 In-sessional Workshops (May – July 2019)

Better Pronunciation
NEW! English for PhD Writing

These two workshops will help you to improve various aspects of your pronunciation including specific sounds and overall fluency.

Topics include practising the pronunciation of:

- the fifteen most commonly mispronounced words in English
- city and place names throughout the UK
- high frequency academic vocabulary – vowel sounds
– the “th” sound

The workshops will also cover:
- regional variations in pronunciation
– the differences between Standard English and how native English speakers actually speak

You can attend one, or both of the workshops.

You do not need to have previously attended the Term 1 (Vowel sounds) or Term 2 (Consonant sounds) courses and no knowledge of the IPA is required for these workshops – so everyone is welcome!

Workshop Schedule
Workshop Date Time
Workshop 1 Thursday 6th June 15.00-16.30
Workshop 3 Thursday 13th June 15.00-16.30

To book a place on one, or both workshops, please email:  englishlanguage@lincoln.ac.uk with your:
- Name
- Student ID
- School / Department / Area of Study

 

These stand-alone workshops are tailored for PhD students for whom English is a second language.

You will learn about general conventions of writing your PhD thesis in English, and useful vocabulary and grammar.

You will also have an opportunity to bring your own work to the workshop.

Workshop Schedule
Date Topic Time
Tuesday 14th May Introduction to Writing a PhD in English 10.00-12.00
Thursday 23 May Introduction Literature Reviews 10.00-12.00
Thursday 6 June Writing about Methods 10.00-12.00
Thursday 20 June Introduction Reults / Findings 10.00-12.00
Thursday 4th July Writing Discussions and Conclusions 10.00-12.00

To book a place on any workshop, please email:  englishlanguage@lincoln.ac.uk with your:
- Name
- Student ID
- School / Department / Area of Study

 

 

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 37 is available to  view and print below (click to enlarge).