Pre-sessional English

Pre-sessional English course content

We offer a range of English courses to help you build your confidence using English.

English Test

What will you learn?

Depending on your current English language level, your course will last 26, 18, 10 or 5 weeks.

  • academic writing: sentence structure, essay and report writing, academic style and register, accuracy, punctuation and spelling, using secondary sources
  • listening to academic lectures and taking notes
  • speaking: presentation skills, pronunciation, discussion skills
  • reading and summarising academic texts
  • using online English learning resources
  • using the internet for research
  • producing PowerPoint presentations

Your progress is continually monitored through classwork, homework tasks and tests.


Upon arrival all new international students will complete an orientation programme organised by our Student Services team. The programme is designed to provide you with essential and useful information to help you settle into university life. This is a great way to make new friends and meet the staff who will support you whilst you are studying at Teesside. Orientation will help you

  • familiarise yourself with the University campus and local area
  • enjoy social events and trips - there may be a small charge (£2.00-£5.00) for some trips


At the end of the course you must take 4 exams: speaking, reading, writing and listening. If you pass all 4 exams, you will receive a University Certificate in English for Academic Purposes and be accepted onto your chosen degree programme.

Example timetable

Semester 1 (September start) for International Foundation Year Computing, Business and Social Sciences and Law pathways

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
9.30am - 11.00am Intermediate English: reading Intermediate English: language development Getting started with mathematics Intermediate English: reading Intermediate English: test
11.30am - 1.00pm Listening and speaking Listening and speaking Getting started with mathematics Language development Tutorial
2.00pm - 3.30pm Academic English & Study Skills: writing Academic English & Study Skills: presentation skills Private study or sports Academic English & Study Skills: writing Private study
3.30pm - 5.00pm Private study / English café Private study / English café Private study Private study / English café Private study
  • You must attend at least one English café a week
  • Tests are held regularly and you also have an individual tutorial every 2 weeks (weeks 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11)
  • Some sessions are replaced by independent study tasks and group work activities throughout the course to help prepare you for independent study during your degree programme.

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