In-sessional – Previous Courses and Workshops

Below you can find information on previous courses and workshops that we have run in the past. We may run these again in future.

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 up the page when they are ready.


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.


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.


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.

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 up the page when they are ready.


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!

Speaking in formal situations can make people feel nervous, even if they are native speakers.  However, in our Formal Spoken Communication workshops, the English Language Centre team will help put your mind at ease and discover what effective speaking means in the UK.

You will compare spoken communication in your own country with that here, practise speaking in a variety of different scenarios, and receive feedback on your strengths and weaknesses.

Whether you are confident or confused, come and join us to practise your spoken English.


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.


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.

Email is the main form of communication that you will use to contact staff and peers at university; however, has anybody ever told you what a professional email should look like?

In this series of workshops, you will learn what makes a good email. We will focus on structure, content, style and formality in your email communication.

Email etiquette is a key language skill at university that is often overlooked, join us to practise professional emails!

English pronunciation can be challenging especially if the sounds in it do not match those in your first language. The ELC team will 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: Sounds and Intonation 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.