In-sessional Courses & Workshops

About our 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.

Our courses and workshops are free to students who:
1. Are currently enrolled on a degree course at the University of Lincoln
Speak English as a second language

There are usually 6 – 8 lessons per course.  Depending on the subject they can be 1 hour, 1 hour 30 minutes or 2 hours of tuition time per lesson.

How to join

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.

Please note you must have completed the enrolment process and collected your Student ID card before you can take the assessment.
You will be asked to show your Student ID card to the staff member before you take the assessment.

If no LELA session is available to book, we will assess your level and ask you to do LELA at the next opportunity.

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 lower down on this page when course registration is open.
We usually receive a large numbers of registrations, so please be patient.
We will respond to your request 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.

We recommend that you read the ‘Important Information‘ section below before you start attending classes.

Important information

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.
  • If you are planning to attend only one part of the live session, please let your tutor know in advance. It is important for the tutor to know how many students there are in a session and if they will be there until the end. If you decide to leave before the end of the lesson, it is considered to be polite to let the tutor know immediately.

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. 

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

In-sessional Workshops – Term 3 – May 2021

Registration is now open for our free In-sessional Workshops for Term 3.

Formal Communication Skills

Duration: 2 sessions

Upper-intermediate level: 10:00-11:30 hours – Thursdays 13th & 20th May (UK/British Summer Time)
Advanced: 14:00-15:30 hours – Thursdays 13th & 20th May (UK/British Summer Time)

There is more to studying at university than attending lectures and writing assignments. In order to be successful academically and socially, you need to be able to communicate effectively with those around you.
Formal Communication Skills is a series of workshops that aim to improve your ability to communicate orally, in writing or via electronic means.

Reflective Writing

Duration: 2 sessions
Senior EAP Tutor: Matthew Bayly

Upper-intermediate level: 10:00-11:30 hours – Mondays 10th & 17th May (UK/British Summer Time)
Advanced level: 13:00-14:30 hours – Mondays 10th & 17th May (UK/British Summer Time)

Academic writing is a key skill you will encounter in your studies at university; however, this does not always revolve around essays or reports. Many assignments now ask students to write reflectively. In these workshops, we will practise reflective writing and help you understand what reflective writing is; the structure and language of reflective writing; and how to be a confident and productive reflective writer.

Editing and Proofreading your Work

Duration: 2 sessions
Senior EAP Tutor: Carl Christopher

Upper-intermediate level: 10:00-11:30 hours – Wednesdays 12th & 19th May (UK/British Summer Time)
Advanced level: 15:00-16:30 hours – Wednesdays 12th & 19th May (UK/British Summer Time)

So, you’ve come to the end of your assignment and you’re ready to click ‘submit’? Wait! Did you check it? Really check it? In this two-part workshop, we’ll explore tips and strategies for reviewing, correcting and improving your work yourself. From better time management to getting to grips with the differences between editing and proofreading, these sessions will leave your review skills raring to go!

In this section you can find information about our courses and workshops that we have run in the past and may run in future, please check each term for what is running higher up on this page.

Below you can find information about our courses that we have run in the past and may run in future, please check each term for what is running, this can be found further down the page.

To communicate effectively in English you need a sound knowledge of grammar. This instalment of our Academic Grammar course is designed to deepen your knowledge of English grammar and help you gain confidence in expressing complex ideas with ease, both in speech and writing. Whatever your programme of study, our ELC team will help you understand grammatical structures in context and use them with confidence in your essays, reports, presentations and dissertations.

Think academic listening only happens at uni? Think again! This course provides both practical strategies and practices for improving your listening and note-taking skills in a variety of contexts. You'll be welcome whatever your listening-level!

Are you wondering about where to start with a module reading list? Or how to choose the best books and articles for your own research? Or perhaps you would like tips on how best to interact with the challenging texts that are part of most university courses. The Academic Reading Skills course will give you an opportunity to refresh and strengthen what you already know, practise reading in a ‘safe space’ and discover new strategies to boost your understanding. We look forward to reading with you.

Academic writing is a key skill you will encounter in your studies at university; however, it is not always easy to be an effective academic writer. This course will cover all key components of academic writing, from structuring essays and arguments; using and presenting evidence; academic stylistic conventions; and editing and proofreading techniques. It was also cover the main academic genres you will encounter in the university: essays, reports and reflective writing. This course is helpful for both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Ever wondered where to start with a module reading list? Or how to choose the best books for your own research? Or perhaps you'd like tips on how best to interact with the challenging texts that are part of most uni courses. The Critical Reading course will give you chances to refresh and strengthen what you already know, practise reading in a 'safe space', and discover new strategies to boost your understanding. We look forward to reading with you!

Our popular discussion course helps you get to grips with the weird and wonderful aspects of various cultures in the UK. Even though the course will be delivered online this term, it will offer you an opportunity to interact with an EAP tutor and other international students about British society. You will learn important vocabulary and English idioms in a range of contexts. The course aims to deepen your understanding of culture in the UK and boost your confidence as a speaker of English.

Researching and writing a master’s dissertation or a PhD thesis can be a daunting task which comes with a set of challenges that are quite different from those associated with undergraduate study. This 8-week course will guide you through the process of writing a dissertation. It will cover aspects of research and writing skills such as literature reviews, methodologies, results, and discussions. The course is primarily for postgraduate students but may also be available for third-year undergraduate students, dependent on space.

As part of your exam/assessment in your school, you may be asked to give a presentation. This short course will explore some key skills needed for achieving effective communication. You will learn how to organise your ideas and translate them into balanced and engaging slides that support your presentation. You will also learn how to use your voice and face more effectively when communicating with an audience.

English pronunciation can be challenging especially if the sounds in it do not match any other sounds in your first language. The ELC team would like to help you not only master the sounds of English but also speak with clarity and confidence in academic contexts as well as outside the university. English Pronunciation is a series of workshops delivered by highly qualified and enthusiastic EAP tutors who will be using a wide range of resources and methods designed to increase your confidence as speakers of English.

What do lecturers expect from students in their seminars? In this course, we will examine expectations, learn strategies for participation and refresh what we know about attitudes to critical thinking in British universities. This course aims to help you acquire the tools you need to ask and respond to questions effectively in a seminar and therefore boost your confidence as an active participant in academic discussions.