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:

  1. Are currently enrolled on a degree course at the University of Lincoln (EU and international)
  2. Speak English as a second language

There are usually 6 – 8 lessons per course, and  1 hour 15 minutes – 2 hours tuition time per lesson.

How to register for In-sessional Courses & 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.

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

Registration for Term 3 In-sessional Courses is now closed

The deadline for registering was 12:00 hours on Thursday 28th May 2020 (UK Time)

Email us if you have any questions:

Term 3 in-sessional courses (1 June – 10 July 2020)

Culture & Conversation 3
English for Dissertation Writing
Academic Grammar

Culture and Conversation 3

This fun course gives you opportunity to practise speaking skills and understand more about British culture. In this course you will learn:

  • how to make small talk and develop conversations
  • lots more about British culture, such as music and film
  • more about who the British are
  • how to understand common expressions and informal slang
  • new vocabulary, expressions and idioms

Please be willing to share and discuss your own cultures too!

Running: 6 weeks with two classes a week, from week 37 (1 June) till week 42 (10 July).

Day and time: Advanced group – Monday and Wednesday 10.00-11.30; Upper-intermediate – Tuesday and Thursday 12.00-13.30.



English for Dissertation Writing (for masters students)

This 4-week course of 2 hour sessions twice a week aims to prepare postgraduates (especially masters, but could be useful for PhD too) with the study skills needed to succeed in writing a dissertation. This will include:

  • The research process and strategies
  • Writing an introduction and conclusion
  • Literature reviews
  • Methodologies
  • Logging, describing and analysing results and data-Referencing and bibliographies
  • Academic style, structure, cohesion and coherence
  • Checking and proof-reading

Running: 4 weeks (twice a week), from week 37 (1 June) to week 40 (26 June).

Day and time:  Group 1 – Monday and Wednesday 10.00-11:30, Group 2 Monday and Wednesday 15:00-17:00 (sign up for either Group 1 or 2).

Please note this is repeat of the course run in term 2.

Academic Grammar

This is a course for students who want to improve grammatical accuracy in their writing. It will focus on a variety of problematic and useful topics, such as:

  • Common tenses and their academic uses
  • Speculative language
  • Use of articles
  • Nominalisation
  • Levels of formality
  • Academic collocations

Running: 6 weeks with two classes a week, from week 37 (1 June) till week 42 (10 July).

Day and time: Advanced – Monday and Wednesday 15.00-16.30; Upper-intermediate – Tuesday and Thursday 15.00-16.30.

Please note that the content of this course is new and different to what was covered in term 1 and 2.



Other workshops

Revision Skills
Reflective Writing
General Communication in Writing

What the workshops are about:

Feeling overwhelmed by revision? Does the thought of exams fill you with dread? Come to our Revision Skills workshops to share ideas and practise practical steps for making things easier.

Workshop 1 – Monday 4th May 2020 – 15:00-15:45 hours (UK Time):

You will share your own tips online before the class session on Teams at 3pm. Then we will discuss, explain and clarify those tips before adding a few more – both academic and general.

Workshop 2 – Wednesday 6th May – 15:00-15:45 hours (UK Time):

You will upload some of your own notes to our shared space online before the class at 3pm. Then we will practise two handy strategies together: summarising and making info-graphs/diagrams.

You can attend one, or both workshops.



What the workshops are about:

Essay writing may not be the only form of academic writing you encounter in the university. Many subjects also ask you to create reflective writing, thinking about your experiences; what was successful; what could be improved; and how you could change things in the future.

Reflective writing is also a very good general study skill which allows you to think about your learning and plan for further success, as well as practice your analysis, evaluative and planning skills.

This workshop will explain what reflective writing is, guide you through the process of reflective writing and help you think about why being a reflective writer can benefit your studies at the university.

You should ideally attend all 3 sessions:

Session 1: What does reflection mean to you?

Monday 11th May 2020 – 15:00-16:00 hours (UK time)

Session 2: How do we ‘do’ reflective writing?

Wednesday 13th May 2020 – 15:00-16:00 hours (UK time)

Session 3: Why is being a reflective writer beneficial?

Friday 15th May 2020 – 15:00-16:00 hours (UK time)





What the workshops are about:

Workshop 1 – Monday 18th May 2020: What is communicative writing and why do you do it?

Who do you write to in an academic context and why? How should you address them? What type of language should you use? This first workshop will address these questions and look at academic email etiquette.

Workshop 2 – Tuesday 19th May: How to communicate appropriately in writing

After reviewing email etiquette, we will focus on formal/informal equivalents and making polite requests with indirect questions. You’ll also practise by writing a short academic email.

Workshop 3 – Thursday 21st May: How to improve and what to avoid

Our final workshop will identify common errors and pitfalls, and then move on to correcting and improving your emails. We’ll also compile a checklist of tips to remember for future use.

You should ideally attend all 3 sessions. For each session, you will be sent materials to prepare in advance (30-40 minutes). This will be followed by a video call lesson on Teams for 30-40 minutes, from 3.00pm (UK time).


Important Information

Absence Notification
Online Class Etiquette
Our Cancellation Policies
Processing Time for Requests
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 know that studying remotely is not always easy and we understand that your circumstances may be challenging.

However, it is important to observe some rules to ensure that the lessons run smoothly and everybody attending online classes benefits from the lessons.

Our ELC tutors invest a considerable amount of time and effort in designing activities to support your learning. For these to be effective, we need your cooperation and commitment.

Please pay attention to these points:
 Make sure you attend classes on time.
 Be presentable (no pyjamas or party clothes).
 Test all technology (including camera/video, WiFi, and screen sharing) before class starts.
 Read the instructions on Blackboard and come prepared.
 We would like to see your face as this makes it easier for the teacher to check your understanding but if you are not able to do so, let the teacher know in advance.
 Mute your microphone if you are not speaking.
 Don’t interrupt other people when they are speaking (or attempt to speak over them).
 Don’t work on other tasks (checking email, social media, etc.) while the lesson is taking place.
 Turn off all notifications and make sure your mobile phone is on silent.
 Try not to leave the lesson before it finishes.

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.

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.

If you have questions about the In-Sessional courses, please visit our In-Sessional Courses Questions & Answers page.