English Language Skills Development Support Sessions

The English Language Skills Development programme is divided into General Academic English, Subject Specific Academic English, and Social and Cultural English (General English).

Improving your Academic English

Academic Writing Skills

Academic Writing Courses:

Run in terms 1, 2 & 3. Courses for UG, PG and Doctoral students. These workshops cover areas such as academic vocabulary, reading strategies, incorporating reading into writing, the process of writing an assignment and editing

 

* Dedicated academic writing workshops for different subject areas are also available in as part of the Subject Specific English suite. See below for more details

 

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Dissertation Writing Courses:

Run in term 3. Tailored to the needs of Masters students and focused on the difficulties involved in writing longer texts. Follow-up, one-to-one writing tutorials are provided during the summer vacation.

 

* Dedicated dissertation writing workshops for Business School students are also available in as part of the Subject Specific English suite. See below for more details

 

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Language Development:

Run in terms 1 & 2. 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.

 

* Dedicated language development workshops for Business School students are also available in as part of the Subject Specific English suite. See below for more details.

 

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One-to-one Tutorials:

Available throughout the academic year to 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.

 

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Guided Independent Learning (GIL):

Available throughout the academic year. 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.

 

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Skills for Seminars and Tutorials

Presentation Skills:

Run in terms 1, 2 & 3. This course 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.

 

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Current Issues:

Run in terms 1, 2 & 3. Current Issues provides a forum for discussion of current affairs based on news broadcasts and other sources.

 

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Improving your Social and Cultural English

Courses in the Social and Cultural English Suite (including Current Issues - see above) can be used as components in the Exeter Award.

Oral Fluency and confidence

Oral Communication Skills:

Run in terms 1& 2. 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.

 

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Conversation cafes:

Opportunity to sit down with people from Exeter and enjoy talking and focus on fluency in a social and relaxed atmosphere

 

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Pronunciation:

Run in term1, 2 & 3. 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.

 

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Intercultural Communication:

Run in terms 1, 2 & 3. These workshops aim to improve your intercultural competence and help you excel in an international learning environment.

 

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Preparation for Work

Run in term 3. These workshops help students planning to work in an English-speaking context with writing CVs, covering letters, personal statements, and preparing for job interviews.

 

* Employability support workshops are also run specifically for Business School students in terms 1, 2 & 3.

 

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The Family Class

These classes are intended for the spouses and partners of students and staff at the University of Exeter. They are available during term time and follow University terms.  Students can join at any time. Class times and locations are provided on the website.

 

Courses in Subject Specific Academic English - (Support within Colleges)

University of Exeter Business School

 

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Workshops run in terms 1, 2 & 3.

Offered to students at all levels, including bespoke workshops for doctoral students at the college.

 

Provision includes:

  • Oral Communication Skills.
  • Language development
  • Academic Language and literacy
  • Academic Writing
  • Dissertation writing (term 3 only)
  • Dedicated 1-to-1 support in terms 1 & 2.

 

 

College of Social Sciences and International Studies

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Graduate School of Education

Workshops in academic writing and study skills run in terms 1 & 2.

Dedicated writing tutorials are available throughout the academic year.

 

Institute of Arab & Islamic Studies

Workshops in academic writing and study skills run in terms 1 & 2.

Dedicated writing tutorials are available in terms 1 & 2.

 

Politics, Sociology & Philosophy, and Strategy & Security

Academic Writing workshops run in terms 1 & 2

Law

Academic writing workshops for both LLB and LLM run in terms 1 & 2

Dedicated writing tutorials for LLM are available in terms 1 & 2.

 

College of Humanities

 

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English, Creative Writing and Drama

English for academic purposes workshops are available for Masters students in term 1 & 2.

 

International Film Business

English for academic purposes workshops are available for Masters students in term 1 & 2.

 

Doctoral Students

Bespoke workshops in terms 1, 2 & 3

 

College of Engineering, Maths and Physics

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

 

College of Life and Environmental Sciences

 

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Psychology

Academic Writing workshops are provided in term 1.

 

Sports and Health Science

Academic writing workshops are provided in term 1

 

Dedicated tutorials held at St Luke’s throughout the academic year.

 

 

College of Medicine and Health

 

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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 throughout the academic year.

 

updated: 28/08/19