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:
***Applications for individual tutorials and group workshops now open***
Would you like some advice on, or extra practice with these areas?
We recommend our individual (one-to-one) tutorials to students who:
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: places are limited and in high demand so please only sign up if you intend to turn up!
Academic writing: evidence-based arguments and essays (1 x 2-hour session)Academic writing: research and lab reports (1 x 2-hour session) These workshops explore the style conventions and type of language used in academic texts, with the goal of helping you improve your writing and reading skills. It also provides instruction on how to write essays, report and lab reports. Topics covered include planning, structure, paragraphing and referencing.
Grammar Review and clinic (1 x 2hour session) Using real academic texts, this workshop gives an overview of common grammatical features seen in academic writing, and gives you an opportunity to receive instruction on some typical grammatical errors. You will also have an opportunity to familiarise yourselves with a selection of interactive grammar exercises and websites.
Academic Vocabulary and style (1 x 2-hour session) This workshop focuses on understanding academic style, learning academic vocabulary and suggests strategies for learning and remembering specialist vocabulary for your course of study. It also provides useful information on e-tools which can assist you in learning phrases, collocations and word usage.
Academic speaking, listening and pronunciation skills (2 x 2-hour sessions) These workshops focus on strategies for participating effectively in academic discussions and seminars, as well as suggestions for effective listening and note-taking. In addition, the workshops offer recommendations for improving your pronunciation in English.
Academic reading and writing: Business case studies (1 x 2-hour session) This workshop focuses on effective reading and academic writing skills in the Business School context, using case studies as a platform for practice and discussion.
Academic writing: Business case study reports (1 x 2-hour session) In this session you will have the opportunity to work on features of academic writing, using a variety of business case studies. The workshop focuses on areas such as planning, structuring the text, organising paragraphs and sections as well as a review of citations and referencing.
Presentation skills for Business & Pronunciation tips (2 x 2-hour sessions) These workshops offer opportunities for practice as well as discussion of the topics included. These include: delivering effective Business School presentations, and improving your pronunciation and clarity in spoken English.
Expressing yourself clearly: academic presentations for EAS (1 x 2-hour session) This workshop focuses on how to speak clearly, accurately and appropriately when presenting your ideas, and how to plan and prepare academic presentations. It is designed specifically for Engineers and Applied Scientists who will need to address different types of audience in their academic and professional lives.
Academic writing for LHS: Essays, Reports, Lab reports (1 x 2-hour session) In this workshop you will have the opportunity to work on how to prepare and write effective reports, lab reports and essays for your LHS studies. Topics include planning, structuring the text, organising paragraphs and sections as well as a review of citations and referencing.
Academic writing for LHS: Grammar, Vocabulary and style clinic (1 x 2-hour session) This workshop focuses on improving your writing style and developing an awareness of the grammatical, vocabulary and style errors you may make in your writing. This is a practical workshop, so you should bring a sample of your own writing in English for review and feedback.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org