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In-sessional English

Insessional English

Extra English support while you study

Teaching and assessment methods in the UK are often very different from your home university. Even students who meet the English language requirement often need extra support with academic English and study skills. Therefore, we offer several ways to support your academic studies.

Self-study materials

A suite of support self-study materials are available. These learning materials have been developed by the English Language Centre to help international students to develop their academic writing and study skills.
Access self-study materials

Tutorial appointments

The English Language Centre offers individual support to any international student who needs help with assignments. Half-hour individual tutorials will focus on essay format, language accuracy and referencing. Appointments can be made either via Microsoft Teams or face-to-face.
Book a tutorial appointment

Drop-in academic skills workshops

Drop-in academic skills workshops run throughout the year. No need to book, send general enquiries to

Wednesdays in CL1.08 (Clarendon Building) at 2.00pm.

  • 1 February 2023: Editing written work
  • 8 February 2023: Harvard referencing
  • 15 February 2023: Academic Style
  • 22 February 2023: Academic Misconduct
  • 1 March 2023: Pronunciation
  • 8 March 2023: Local/Regional language including 'Teesside Talk'
  • 15 March 2023: Academic Reading Skills
  • 22 March 2023: Academic Style
  • 29 March 2023: Academic Shock: A Nigerian Perspective – Student led presentation/discussion

Language Café

The Language Café is a great opportunity for both home and international students to meet up, learn about different cultures and improve language and communication skills. The Language Café, run by the English language support team, takes place twice a week on Wednesday and Friday at 3.30pm - 5.30pm in the LoveIt Lounge (1st floor of the Students' Union) and all students are welcome.

Improve language and communication skills and cultural awareness. Home students can give language assistance to students whose first language isn’t English, as well as giving advice about studying and living in the UK. International students can improve listening and speaking skills and gain advice about Teesside and the UK. All students can also organise activities and events for the English language café as well as learn about different cultures and languages.

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Irfan Sadiq, English Language Café Co-ordinator

PhD academic support course

The PhD academic support course is FREE to any international doctoral student who wishes to attend. The course is comprised of two parts: teaching input and tutorials. Each week an academic tutor delivers a 90-minute input session on writing and language issues that may be causing problems for doctoral students. The other part is one-to-one tutorials, where students can discuss their research and receive regular support and advice.

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