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English Language Support Services

Breaking down the language barriers in academic study and everyday life


If English is not your first language there are a range of opportunities to improve your academic English, including regular one-to-one tutorials, workshops throughout the year and taught year-long modules starting in September. All events are supported by a team specialist academics of English Language in the Language Academy who are trained to assess and help with your personal language needs.


The UCLan TESOL team (Teaching English for Speakers of Other Languages) also offer General English Classes supported by trainee teachers under supervision, which are available to members of the public as well as students. For any queries regarding General English Classes, please contact

English Language Modules

Year-long modules are available in Upper-Intermediate and Advanced English

Study in a class with a tutor

  • 2 hours of class per week over an academic year
  • Access to Rosetta Stone language learning software to support your studies
  • Available to UCLan students as an Elective module
  • Certificate route also available (separate to your degree)


Please note, the information below is provisional and subject to change. Accurate, up to date information will be available on your personal timetable once you have registered and enrolled on the module.

Enrolment / Registration

Elective route: Students choosing a module as an elective can register via the C&T Hub, online via MyUCLan or visit us at one of the following events.

Certificate route: Come and see us on the following dates to register your interest and find out how to enrol onto the modules.

Mon 16 Sept      

 Welcome Village

Wed 18 Sept

 Language and Global Studies Fair, Foster Social Space, 12-2pm
 Health Fair, Greenbank Social Space, 12-1.30pm

Thur 19 Sept

 Languages Festival, Harrington Social Space, 12-2pm

Fri 20 Sept

 Welcome Village

Monday 16 - Friday 27 September: You can register at the C&T Hub in Computer & Technology Building, Room 235, 10am-4pm.

For any enquiries relating to enrolment, please contact the C&T Hub directly
Tel: 01772 891994/1995

English Language Workshops

English language workshops are themed, focusing on particular language skills that you will need to improve your writing and speaking in assignments.

There is no need to enrol or register! Attend as many of the sessions as you would like across the academic year.

Themes covered in the workshops include:


  • Reported speech

  • Using the passive to provide supporting evidence

Academic language

  • Using the passive to build an argument

  • What is a modal verb, and which ones are okay for academic writing?

  • Articles, and why we need them

  • Signposting ideas

  • Cohesive devices

  • Tense agreement

  • Rhetorical devices in writing


  • Functional language for politely agreeing and disagreeing

  • Functional language to persuade your audience

  • Taking turns politely

  • Answering questions politely


  • Introducing yourself and building rapport

  • Concluding and handling questions


Presenting findings

Making recommendations (for future research)


  • Why it's important and why you need it for referencing


  • How to avoid a run-on sentence
  • Common language mistakes in essays

Using sources appropriately

See the timetable for full details.

Workshop Timetable 2019/20

Workshops are 4-5.30pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the academic year (excluding reflection weeks and vacation periods).

Tuesday: Kirkham Building, Room 112 | Thursday: Media Factory, Room 320

One-to-one Tutorials (English Language)

Tutorials are a series of 20 minute meetings with one of the Academic English tutors from the Language Academy. These tutorials are tailored to support your individual needs; we will work with you to discover what you need support with and you will see your tutor a number of times to work on your chosen areas of study. You can be supported with a specific assignment, or with your general Academic English. You can be referred for tutorials by your tutor or you can do it yourself - referrals are done via the Starfish application on the Student Support pages.

Please note, tutorials are requested by referral on Starfish, either by a course tutor or self-referral.


General English Classes

The free English classes are for students and members of the public who do not speak English as their first language. Facilitated by the TESOL team at UCLan, the classes range from Elementary and Pre-intermediate levels to Upper-Intermediate and Advanced.

  • Develop your General English and build confidence in all skills
  • All learning material will be provided
  • You can attend as many classes as you wish
  • Teachers are trainees under supervision
  • Certificates of Attendance provided for each 10 hours of lessons attended

For information on class times and locations, please contact