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Free English language tutorials

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 for individual tutorials and group workshops now open***

 ***Applications now open -  click here to apply***

Would you like some advice on, or extra practice with these areas? 

  • Academic English writing 
  • Academic grammar, vocabulary and style
  • Listening to lectures
  • Delivering presentations 
  • Speaking & English pronunciation  

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.

CELCA offers: 

  • FREE university-wide English language support workshops that are open to all international undergraduate, postgraduate and research students;
  • school-specific group tutorial workshops for international undergraduate, postgraduate and research students in ABS, EAS and LHS


Please note: places are limited and in high demand so please only sign up if you intend to turn up!

University-wide workshop topics

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.

 ***Applications now open -  click here to apply***

ABS

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. 


EAS

Expressing yourself clearly: academic writing and style for EAS (1 x 2-hour session)
This workshop helps you to understand how to write clearly in coursework and project assignments, and is designed specifically for Engineers and Applied Scientists. Topics include planning, organising the text, and a review of citations and referencing.


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.


LHS

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.

Additional information

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 lss_programmesupport@aston.ac.uk