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

Group workshop tutorial schedule TP1 2015/16

We provide FREE university-wide English language support workshops that are open to all international undergraduate, postgraduate and research students as well as ABS, EAS and LHS specific group tutorial workshops for students attending programmes within the relevant schools.

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

Academic Writing: Essays and Reports TP1- 2x2hour sessions

All Aston students - Tuesday 20th & 27th October
ABS students - Tuesday 17th & 24th November

This two-part workshop clarifies the style conventions and type of language used in academic texts with the goal of helping you improves your reading and writing skills. It also provides instruction on how to write essays and reports. Topics covered include planning, structure, paragraphing and referencing.

Grammar Review TP1 - 1x2hour session

EAS students - Friday 13th November
All Aston students -Thursday 19th November
LHS students - Tuesday 24th November

Using real academic texts, this workshop gives an overview of common grammatical features seen in academic writing, and provides instruction on typical grammatical errors found in student work. Students will also have an opportunity to familiarise themselves with a selection of interactive grammar exercises and websites.

Academic Vocabulary TP1 - 1x2hour session

EAS students - Friday 20th November
All Aston students - Thursday 26th November
LHS students - Tuesday 1st December

This workshop focuses on learning general vocabulary needed in the academic environment, and provides tips for learning and remembering new vocabulary you come across in your course of study. It also provides some useful information on e-tools and interactive online activities which can assist you in learning phrases, collocations (word friends) and word usage.

Discussions with Listening and Pronunciation Tips TP1 – 2x2hour sessions

ABS students - Friday 23rd & 30th October
All Aston students - Friday 4th &11th December

This two-part workshop focuses on the structure of academic seminars and introduces turn-taking and common phrases used in academic discussions. It will also include advice about note-taking and listening for the main idea and details. Along with general tips for improving your pronunciation.This workshop includes specific practice related to common pronunciation errors.

***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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