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English Language and Academic Skills Workshops (ELAS)

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    ELAS aims to help you to improve your English language and gives you the chance to discuss your specific academic difficulties - you will receive guidance on which of the modules will be most useful to you.

English Language and Academic Skills (ELAS)

English Language and Academic Skills (ELAS) is International Programmes’ key in-sessional course which provides FREE additional training in English for Academic Purposes to any registered international student at the University of Kent.

 

What is ELAS?

English Language and Academic Skills (ELAS) is International Programmes' key in-sessional course which provides additional training in English for Academic Purposes to any registered international student at the University of Kent. It consists of taught modules which you can do in the autumn term or the spring term and tutorials which you can book during the autumn or spring terms. Watch the video on the right to find out more.

ELAS workshops are completely FREE for University of Kent students.

 

Why do ELAS?

  • ELAS aims to help you to improve your English language and gives you the chance to discuss your specific academic difficulties - you will receive guidance on which of the modules will be most useful to you.
  • If you attend at least 70% of an ELAS course, you will receive a certificate of attendance.
  • All workshops are completely FREE for University of Kent students. Just book your place via SDS.
  • You will earn Employability Points (5 points per two hours up to a maximum of 20 points per module - excludes individual speaking and writing tutorials). To claim your points, you need to log them on My Folio.
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Which ELAS module or tutorial is for you?

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English grammar ED002
Giving clearly structured presentations ED003
Participating in seminar discussions ED003
Pronouncing English clearly ED003, Individual Speaking Tutorials
Taking accurate, relevant notes from lectures ED004
Understanding essay titles ED001 and/or Individual Writing Tutorials
Writing logically structured essays ED001 and/or Individual Writing Tutorials
Writing in grammatically accurate English ED001 and/or Individual Writing Tutorials
Writing in appropriate academic style ED001 and/or Individual Writing Tutorials
Synthesising information from academic texts ED001
Incorporating sources in written work ED001
Communicating socially with students and staff ED003, Individual Speaking Tutorials

 

Module and tutorial details

ED001 - Essay Writing

Module ED001 guides you through the process of writing essays in a format normally accepted at British universities. We offer one online course: 2 hours per week for 5 weeks on Wednesdays 14:00 - 16:00, weeks 2 - 6 and 14-18.

Before booking please check your timetable to ensure you are able to attend the session(s) you have selected.

  • Course dates: Classes run during both the autumn and spring terms and start in either Weeks 2 OR 14
  • Registration: Online registration via SDS: click on Workshops then English Language.
  • Course goals: To develop your academic writing skills within the context of your department at the University of Kent.
  • Core topics: Analysis of essay titles; selecting suitable material from source texts; paraphrasing; preparation and planning; organising ideas; academic conventions; proofreading your essays for relevance, register, coherence and cohesion.

 

ED002 - Grammar

Module ED002 helps you to write essays in structurally correct English. We offer one online course: 2 hours per week for 5 weeks on Wednesdays 16:00 - 18:00, weeks 2 - 6 and 14-18.

Before booking please check your timetable to ensure you are able to attend the session(s) you have selected.

  • Course dates: Classes run during both the autumn and spring terms and start in either Weeks 2 OR 14
  • Registration: Online registration via SDS: click on Workshops then English Language.
  • Course goals: To enable you to identify and correct grammar errors in your writing.
  • Core Topics: Word order and sentence structure; verb tenses: formation and use; adverbial clauses; word form. You will also be able to request explanations and practice in specific areas of difficulty.

 

ED003 - Presentation Skills

Module ED003 prepares you to give presentations on specialist topics. We offer one online course: 2 hours per week for 5 weeks on Wednesdays 14:00 - 16:00, weeks 2 - 6 and 14-18.

Before booking please check your timetable to ensure you are able to attend the session(s) you have selected.

  • Course dates: Classes run during both the autumn and spring terms and start in either Weeks 2 OR 14
  • Registration: Online registration via SDS: click on Workshops then English Language.
  • Course goals: The course aims to give you guidance and practice in the preparation, organisation and delivery of presentations in an academic context.
  • Core Topics: Discussing academic topics in an appropriate register; selecting and organising suitable content; planning the structure of and delivering a presentation on your specialist subject.

 

ED004 - Listening/Note Taking

Module ED004 responds to the need for you to listen to and react appropriately to a range of spoken texts. While placing emphasis on listening to formal lectures, the module also recognises the importance of colloquial English in academic situations. We offer one online course: 2 hours per week for 5 weeks on Wednesdays 16:00 - 18:00, weeks 2 - 6 and 14-18.

Before booking please check your timetable to ensure you are able to attend the session(s) you have selected.

  • Course dates: Classes run during the autumn term only
  • Registration: Online registration via SDS: click on Workshops then English Language.
  • Course goals: The course aims to develop your listening skills in a variety of contexts.
  • Core Topics: Listening and responding to: introductions, recognising lecture structure and content, signposting, markers, transitions, definitions, comparison, exemplification, reference to sources cause and effect, purpose, importance markers, speaker's attitude, argumentation and synthesis.

 

Individual Speaking Tutorials

Individual Speaking Tutorials give you the opportunity to refine your spoken accuracy, fluency and pronunciation for seminars and presentations with an academic member of staff, who will give you advice and feedback on your speaking. Individual sessions last 45 minutes each.

Before booking please check your timetable to ensure you are able to attend the session(s) you have selected.

  • Course dates: Tutorials are available in Autumn and Spring Terms.
  • Course goals: The sessions aim to help you improve your academic speaking for seminars and presentations.
  • Learning Outcomes: You will learn how to identify strengths and weaknesses in the accuracy, fluency and pronunciation of your spoken English.
You must book an appointment for Individual Speaking Tutorials. To make a 45 min appointment between the following times, contact us at internationalprogrammes@kent.ac.uk with the email subject Speaking Tutorial.
Weeks 3 to 12; 15 to 24
By appointment on MS Teams
Charlene Dobson

 

Individual Writing Tutorials

Individual Writing Tutorials give you the opportunity to discuss your academic writing with a member of staff from International Programmes, who will give you advice on the structure, coherence and cohesion of your work. Individual sessions last 20-30 minutes each.

Before booking please check your timetable to ensure you are able to attend the session(s) you have selected.

  • Course dates: Tutorials are available all year.
  • Course goals: The sessions aim to guide you through the process of revising and editing your academic writing.
  • Learning Outcomes: You will learn how to identify organisational and syntactical strengths and weaknesses in your writing and edit your own work.

Please note: this is not a proofreading service.

You must book an appointment for Individual Writing Tutorials. To make an appointment contact us at internationalprogrammes@kent.ac.uk with the email subject Writing Tutorial.

Wednesday afternoons
By appointment (usually 14:00-16:00)
Caroline Challans

How to register

Taught modules:ED001, ED002, ED003, ED004

You can register for the Autumn term workshops via the Workshops / English Language page in the Student Data System.

Tutorials

Book an appointment by contacting internationalprogrammes@kent.ac.uk.

If you have any difficulty registering or booking, please email internationalprogrammes@kent.ac.uk

Contact us

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us:
T: 01227 824401
E: internationalprogrammes@kent.ac.uk

 

Centre for English and World Languages, Chipperfield Building, University of Kent, CT2 7PE

Enquiries: +44 (0)1227 824401 or contact us

Last Updated: 16/10/2020