You’ll focus on improving your academic English skills in the following areas:
English language skills
Using English for everyday communication
Vocabulary development and grammar accuracy
Pronunciation and spelling
Academic reading and writing
Structuring ideas for essays and assignments
Essay writing style
Using academic language in writing
Using academic references in your work
Reading academic resources
Using these skills to enhance your speaking and writing
Academic listening and speaking
Getting the most out of lectures and seminars
Practise listening to talks, lectures and other authentic materials in English
Participating in seminars and discussions
Practising your speaking skills with presentations
Academic skills projects
You’ll work on assignments which give you the opportunity to practise all the academic and communication skills you learn
For example, you might be asked to conduct surveys or specific internet research which are assessed through presentations, class discussions or writing activities
The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Pre-sessional Academic English for Undergraduate Studies (20 teaching weeks) in the course catalogue
Learning and teaching
You’ll learn how to use academic language appropriate for your academic programme to express your thoughts and ideas effectively.
To prepare you for study at a UK university, in Terms 2 and 3 you’ll be taught in online classes, lectures and group seminars. You’ll work individually and with others. Independent study is an important element of this course, allowing you to practise your skills, deepen your knowledge and prepare for your programme. Throughout the course, you’ll be encouraged to think critically.
During Terms 2 and 3 you'll interact with tutors and other students on the course in live sessions each week. You’ll also have dedicated time with your tutor to address questions you may have about your language and learning and you’ll get feedback about your work. Additionally, you’ll have access to digital resources and support to get the most out of studying online.
You’ll have online access to all the software and University systems you’ll need to study this course. You’ll study using Microsoft Teams, Zoom and the University’s virtual learning environment, Minerva, and you’ll have an introduction to these platforms before your course starts.
Live online classes normally take place between 9am and 5pm from Monday to Friday UTC+1 (find out when the University will be closed). You won‘t be expected to study live online sessions at night.
In normal circumstance, teaching takes place on the University of Leeds campus and you’ll be taught by our team of English language tutors. You’ll study full-time, with classes scheduled Monday to Friday between 9am to 5pm (find out when the University will be closed). A typical class size is between 16 and 18 students but this may vary depending on different teaching methods.
You’ll have 20 weeks of teaching but due to holidays and University closure dates your course could last up to 24 weeks.
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Teaching staff at the Language Centre contribute to academic research in language teaching. This research informs our course content, which means you’ll receive high quality teaching designed to help you get the most out of your studies.
On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.
Throughout the course you’ll work through a number of assessed assignments linked to your project work. This will allow you to monitor your progress and receive feedback from your tutor. At the end of term you’ll sit exams to test your academic writing, reading, listening and speaking skills.