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 Oct 2019

All requests for places must be submitted through our online form. See here:

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

Term 1 In-sessional Courses (Oct-Dec 2019)

Culture & Conversation
Essay Writing
Grammar for Academic Writing
Presentation Skills
Seminar Discussion Skills
Academic Listening

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 



Essay Writing  (Upper-Intermediate and Advanced)

This course focuses on the most important elements of essay writing. In this course you will:

  • learn about the process of writing a academic essay
  • learn/revise basic elements of an essay (introduction / the body/ conclusion)
  • practise your own writing

Grammar for Academic Writing (Upper-Intermediate and Advanced)

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


Presentation Skills (Mixed)

This course will focus on effective presentation skills. You will learn how to:

  • deliver and effective academic presentation
  • use presentation phrases and signposting language
  • use presentation techniques
  • to prepare effective presentation visuals
  • to use your voice effectively when giving a presentation

Seminar Discussion (Mixed)

This course focuses on discussion skills. You will learn:

  • how to successfully take part in seminar discussion
  • the conventions of an academic discussion
  • the language needed to take part, support your arguments and interrupt when necessary
  • seminar strategies
  • how to act as a discussion moderator/leader

Academic Listening (Mixed)

This course focuses on listening skills. You will:

  • learn how to effectively prepare for lectures
  • develop note-taking strategies
  • learn to identify signposting language in lectures and use it to follow
  • practise academic listening

Term 1 In-sessional Workshops (Oct-Dec 2019)

Critical Reading
English for PhD Writing
Better Pronunciation

These workshops will focus critical reading skills. You will learn skills to help you deal with academic reading and being more critical. There will be 3 workshops:

  • What to read
  • How to read
  • Critical reading

Times and dates of sessions and the content of each workshop will be announced soon.


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.

Introduction to Writing a PhD in English – Thursday 14 October 2019, time: 10-12.

Writing Literature Reviews – Friday 25 October 2019, time: 10-12.

Writing about Methods – Friday 29 November 2019 / Thursday 14 May 2020, time: 10-12.

Writing Results/Findings – Thursday 6 February 2020, time: 10-12.

Writing Discussions and Conclusions – Thursday 26 March 2020, time: 10-12.

Writing Conference Papers – Tuesday 11 February 2020; time: 10-12.

To request a place on any of the workshops, please email: . More sessions might be available if there is interest.

If you're interested in other workshops offered to ALL PhD students at Lincoln, see the Doctoral School website


These two stand-alone workshops will focus on practising English pronunciation:

  • Tricky sounds in British English (individual sounds)
  • Word stress and sentence stress (intonation)

Times and dates of the workshops, and the content, will be announced soon.


Important Information

Absence Notification
Processing Time for Requests
Our Cancellation Policies
Term 1 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  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. 

You will receive a confirmation of registration for each of the courses requested.


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.