The curriculum for this course is developed in collaboration with the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences and the School of Civil Engineering, and is informed by research in English language teaching.
During the first four weeks of your course, you’ll improve your academic English language ability for postgraduate study in the fields of science, engineering, technology and mathematics.
As your course progresses, in the final six weeks you’ll focus more closely on the skills you’ll need for your subject area, studying with students progressing to degrees in the field of civil engineering. You’ll have the chance to listen to introductory academic lectures or take part in practical sessions, exploring different themes over six weeks. You’ll work on understanding this content and the language used, along with core texts, through a series of language classes and seminars.
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 Language for Science: Civil Engineering in the course catalogue
Learning and teaching
You’ll learn how to use language appropriate for your degree to express your thoughts and ideas effectively.
To prepare you for study at a UK university, you’ll be taught in classes, lectures or practical sessions 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 degree. Throughout the course, you’ll be encouraged to think critically.
You’ll also have dedicated time with your tutor to address questions you may have about your language and learning.
Classes normally take place between 9am and 5pm from Monday to Friday (find out when the University will be closed). Teaching will take place on the University of Leeds campus.
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.
We use a range of assessment methods, which are likely to include written assignments, speaking assignments, presentations and research projects.