Free English language tutorials

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At Aston expectations regarding your ability to understand and follow lectures, participate actively in seminars, deliver effective presentations and submit appropriate written assignments are high. All international undergraduate, postgraduate and research students are entitled to free English language support tutorials which will help to meet these expectations.

Our team of friendly and supportive staff can help you with:

  • Improving your accuracy and fluency when using spoken and written English.
  • Pronunciation.
  • Specialised vocabulary used within your field of academic study.
  • Giving presentations
  • Using academic style appropriately.
  • Written assignments, including dissertations/project reports
  • Other academic skills such as listening to lectures or taking part in seminars

***Applications will open soon.***

Free LSS-specific English language support workshops are open to all international undergraduate, postgraduate and research students.
Our subject-specific group tutorial workshops are designed to assist students preparing for assignments. These dynamic sessions allow participants to focus on subject-specific elements of vocabulary and academic writing style and review general grammatical features seen in academic writing.
The two sessions are designed to complement each other and applicants are expected to attend both.
Please note: places are limited so sign up only if you intend to turn-up!

Session 1
Grammar and Academic Vocabulary Revision

Using real subject-specific academic texts, this workshop focuses on reviewing vocabulary and common grammatical features seen in academic writing, and provides instruction on typical grammatical errors found in student work. You will also have an opportunity to familiarise yourself with a selection of interactive grammar exercises as well as e-tools and interactive online activities which can assist you in learning phrases, collocations (word friends) and word usage.

Session 2
Academic Writing Style; Dissertations, Essays and Report Writing

This workshop clarifies the style conventions and type of language used in academic texts with the goal of helping you improve your reading and writing skills. It also provides instruction on how to write effective dissertations, essays and reports. Topics covered are planning, organising research, formatting and structure, paragraphing, citations and referencing. 

***Applications are now open here.***

We recommend our individual (one-to-one) tutorials to students who:

  • would like a one-off consultation with a tutor 
  • are working on a particular assignment, project or presentation 
  • have identified a particular area which needs improvement (e.g. pronunciation or use of grammar)  
Individual tutorials last for one hour at a time. Each international student will be allowed to attend five tutorials per term, not exceeding more than one tutorial per week. Occasionally students may be able to benefit from additional hours depending on their needs and general demand.

Please apply here.

Please note that we do not offer a proofreading service, conversation classes or provide help with CVs and personal statements.  If you would like feedback on the content, style and format of CVs and personal statements, please go to the Careers & Placements Centre (more info at www.aston.ac.uk/careers). 

Places are offered on a first come first served basis and are subject to availability.

For further details on these individual or small group tutorials, please contact the tutorial administrator Jennie Barker on j.e.barker1@aston.ac.uk

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