Academic Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking

Academic English orientation programme to help you to adjust to UK university study

Do you want and need to understand how to study effectively at a UK university? We can help. 

We aim to improve your language skills for academic success and to help you to get used to university-level study. 

Aims of the course

  • Reading: how to read an academic journal or textbook successfully
  • Writing: how to include your own and published ideas in a well structured way, including referencing and paraphrasing skills
  • Listening: how to make effective notes in lectures and understand what you hear better
  • Speaking: how to present your ideas clearly and confidently in small group seninars and tutorials

Levels available

  • Suitable for undergraduate and postgraduate students who have reached the language level required to begin university-level studies

Course times and dates

  • Six-week course 
  • Two x two-hour classes per week (4 hours per week in total)
  • Late afternoon/early evening classes to avoid clashes with university classes
  • Starts w/c October 16th 


Students are expected to do one hour of homework after each class

Course Fees 


Important information

Public Holidays 2017 (school is closed) 

There are no lessons on Saturdays or Sundays

02 Jan*, 14 Apr, 17 Apr* (Easter Holidays), 01 May*, 29 May*, 28 Aug*, 16 Dec 2017 - 07 Jan 2018 (Christmas Holidays) 

Public Holidays 2018 (school is closed)  There are no lessons on Saturdays or Sundays

01 Jan*, 30 March, 02 Apr* (Easter Holidays), 07 May*, 28 May*, 27 Aug*, 22 Dec 2018 - 07 Jan 2019 (Christmas Holidays)

Minimum enrolment age 17
Maximum class size 20
Start date To be confirmed

*Enrolment takes place on the Tuesday following a Bank Holiday 


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