Academic English classes

We run a programme of in-sessional Academic English Support classes (AES classes) to support students with English as additional language. The programme is free of charge and aims to help you to achieve higher marks through the best use of your English language skills. Classes run as non-credit modules alongside your compulsory modules and are open to all new students at Essex using English as an additional language

Modules – Autumn term 2020

Academic Writing Skills (SK020, SK024, SK028)

This module provides a guided practice in language and style for academic writing. On successful completion of the module you will demonstrate the ability to analyse essay question, structure an essay, formulate abstract concepts and use abstract vocabulary, organise paragraphs, develop an introduction and a conclusion and evaluate academic sources. You will be allocated to one of the groups depending on your faculty.

The teaching will be via pre-recorded material throughout the Autumn term, with live sessions in Weeks 3, 6, and 10. 

Academic Speaking Skills (SK035)

This module provides practice in developing effective speaking skills in academic contexts. During the module you will have opportunities to express opinions and consider arguments, to learn more about the context of (studying in) the UK, and to discover how speaking plays a role in academic situations.

The teaching will take place in University Weeks 4-11.

Academic Reading Skills (SK335)

This module provides an opportunity to develop confidence in academic reading at both macro and micro levels. On successful completion of the module you will understand the nature of academic texts and will be more familiar with some representative genres of academic texts. You will also be aware of some of the challenges related to approaching academic texts and will be able to deploy relevant skills and strategies to meet the challenges.

The teaching will take place in University Weeks 3-6 or 7-10 and you will be allocated to one of the groups depending on your availability.

Module registration

All students with English as additional language will be contacted in September with the details of modules available in the Autumn term. This email will also link to a survey to help you identify relevant Academic English Support classes.

You will then be enrolled onto your chosen module(s) (subject to demand), which will appear on your timetable within 48 hours.

Additional modules

These additional AES modules will be taught in the Spring and Summer terms. More details to follow. 

  • Grammar Skills (SK051-4, SK051-7)
  • Exam Preparation and Writing Skills (SK042-4, SK042-7)
  • Job Talk (SK090-4, SK090-7)

You can register for these modules in January 2021. 

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