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Free English language tutorials

Pre-sessional English Courses

Entry requirements

All international students are entitled to free English language support 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.

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Improve your accuracy and fluency when using spoken and written English
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Get support with specialised vocabulary used within your field of academic study
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Get support with written assignments, including dissertations/project reports
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Get support with other academic skills such as listening to lectures or taking part in seminars

***Applications for individual tutorials and group workshops are now closed***
 

 ***Applications now closed***

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.

University-wide workshop topics


Academic writing: Essays and Reports (1 x 2-hour session, + repeat)
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 and reports. Topics covered include planning, structure, paragraphing and referencing.

Grammar Review (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 (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 resources which can assist you in learning phrases, collocations and word usage.

Discussions with listening and pronunciation tips (1 x 2-hour session + repeat)
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 closed***

ABS

Dissertation & report writing (1 x 2-hour session + repeat)
This workshop focuses on how to plan and prepare dissertations and reports for Aston Business School, from the initial research stages to the final submission.

EAS

Dissertation & report writing (1 x 2-hour session + repeat)
This workshop focuses on how to plan and prepare dissertations and reports for the Engineering & Applied Science School, from the initial research stages to the final submission.

LHS

Dissertation & report writing (1 x 2-hour session + repeat)
This workshop focuses on how to plan and prepare dissertations and reports for the Life and health Science School, from the initial research stages to the final submission.

 ***Applications now closed***

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.