Insessional Support Sessions

The Insessional Support programme is divided into English for General Academic Purposes (EGAP), English for Specific Academic Purposes (ESAP) and General English.

Courses in English for General Academic Purposes (EGAP)

Academic writing workshops

These workshops cover areas such as academic vocabulary, reading strategies, incorporating reading into writing, the process of writing an assignment and editing. Workshops are offered at undergraduate, Masters and doctoral level and are oriented towards broad fields of study (e.g. Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences).  Specialised writing workshops are provided in some Colleges (see below). Academic writing workshops are held in Terms 1, 2 & 3.

Dissertation workshops

Dissertation workshops for Masters students are offered in Term 3. They are tailored to student needs, focusing on the difficulties involved in writing longer texts and include both reflective and practical tasks. Follow-up, one-to-one writing tutorials are provided during the summer vacation.

Writing tutorials

One-to-one writing tutorials are provided for the duration of the academic year. They help students with essays, dissertations and other assignments. Tutorials are held in the INTO building, Streatham Campus, and St Luke’s Campus (tutorials for doctoral students). There are also dedicated one-to-one tutorials held in some Colleges. (See below for further details).     

Language Development 

These courses help students extend the range and accuracy of their language use, focussing at sentence level and emphasising complex sentences.  Key areas of grammar and lexis will be covered. There will be an opportunity to request assistance in particular areas of difficulty. Language Development courses are provided Terms 1 & 2.

Presentation Skills 

This course consists of four sessions which will enable you to enhance your communication skills in the context of giving an academic presentation.     Participants are able to give a short presentation and receive detailed feedback. There is a strong focus on activities aimed at developing clarity and coherence, both in organisation and oral expression. Presentations skills workshops are available in Terms 1, 2 & 3.

Guided Independent Learning (GIL)

The GIL programme enables students to study on their own with the guidance and support of a tutor. Students can use the INTO Learning Resources Centre and web-based resources. ‘Action planning’ and ‘follow-up’ tutorials help students follow individualised study programmes. Areas for study include grammar, essay planning, vocabulary, listening, note taking, seminar participation, pronunciation, and preparing for English language exams.  One-to-one assignment writing tutorials are also provided. GIL is available throughout the year.

The Research Students’ Group

The Research Students’ Group is intended for students on postgraduate research programmes. By enrolling in the Research Students’ Group, students will be put in contact with other international research students and invited to take part in a discussion forum.  Students will be kept informed of insessional support for research students, including writing workshops and tutorials. 

Courses in English for Specific Academic Purposes (ESAP) - (Support within Colleges)

Exeter Business School  

Workshops focussing on the challenges of academic study for international doctoral students are offered in Terms 1 & 2. Masters and undergraduate students should take advantage of the insessional courses built into their programmes. For Masters students, these will include workshops in academic writing, listening & note taking, and exam preparation (in Terms 1 & 2), and dissertation writing (Term 3). Undergraduates will be able to attend English for Academic Purposes Workshops during Terms 1 & 2.  These are available for all international undergraduates in years 1, 2 & 3 as part of the Business School’s skills modules. 

College of Social Sciences and International Studies

Workshops in academic writing and study skills are provided during Terms 1 & 2 in the Graduate School of Education for students on MSc, MEd and MA programmes. Individual writing tutorials are available for MEd & MA students for the duration of the academic year. Academic writing and study skills workshops for undergraduate and postgraduate students of Arab & Islamic Studies, Politics, Sociology & Philosophy, and Strategy & Security are available  in Term 1 & 2. English for Academic Purposes workshops for law undergraduates (LLB) and Law Masters (LLM) are offered during Term 1 & 2, with dedicated one-to-one tutorial support available for LLM during Terms 1 & 2.

College of Humanities

English for academic purposes workshops are available for Masters students of English, Creative Writing, and Drama in Terms 1 & 2, and Masters students of International Film Business in Term 1.  Workshops addressing the specific needs of international doctoral students are also provided.

College of Life and Environmental Sciences

Writing workshops are offered to    undergraduates in Psychology in Term 1. A writing tutor will be available on a weekly basis in Sport and Health Sciences for the duration of the academic year. These tutorials will be held at St Luke’s Campus by appointment.    

College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences

Writing workshops for Masters students on engineering programmes are provided in Terms 1 & 2.

Exeter Medical School 

Workshops in English for Medical Study are provided for students of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Medical Imagining in Terms 1 & 2.One-to-one writing tutorials will be available on a weekly basis at EMS for the duration of the academic year.   

Courses in General English

Speaking workshops – Oral Communication Skills (OCS) and Current Issues:

OCS will enable students to improve their use of English in a range of contexts and situations which are not specifically academic, but which will help them to integrate successfully into the cultural and social life of the University. OCS will be held in Terms 1 & 2. Current Issues provides a forum for discussion of current affairs based on news broadcasts and other sources.   Current Issues will be held in Terms 1, 2 & 3.

Pronunciation Workshops

These workshops aim to make students more aware of features of spoken English, in particular the importance of stress and intonation patterns in conveying meaning in English.   The workshops will be offered in Terms 1, 2 & 3.  

Preparation for Work 

These workshops help students planning to work in an English-speaking context with writing CVs, covering letters, personal statements, and preparing for job interviews.  Preparation for Work courses are offered in Term 3. There will be employability support workshops for Exeter Business School students in Terms 1, 2 & 3. 

Workshops in Intercultural Communication 

These workshops will enhance your intercultural competence and help you excel in an international learning environment.

General English courses can be used as components in the Exeter Award.

updated: 30/06/16