English language support

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    Academic English language development and support does not end when you join an undergraduate or postgraduate course at Oxford Brookes University.

    We recognise the need to support you throughout your studies and offer free advice and training so you can make the best of your time at Oxford Brookes.

  • Our support for undergraduate students includes credit bearing modules (modules which count towards your degree) and non credit bearing classes, tutorials, and study resources.


    Academic English modules

    A range of credit bearing modules in academic English language are available if your first language is not English to help you perform more effectively in your undergraduate studies. These can be taken as a free ninth module or as a tenth module for an additional cost.

    The modules cover:

    • Academic writing
    • Academic writing for business
    • Academic listening and speaking
    • Critical reading skills
    • Advanced English language skills
    • Key academic skills

    Academic English support

    The undergraduate Academic English support service is non credit bearing and you can sign up for free classes, tutorials and short courses or use their independent study resources. 

    You can choose from a range of course and timetable options depending on your requirements.

    Find out more...

    Further information for current students including timetable options and how to enrol.

    We run credit-bearing modules designed for students who would like to use English in the workplace, socially or for career development.


    Applied Languages modules

    The following free modules are available if your first language is not English and you would like to boost your English language skills and confidence for personal or professional use:

    Level 4
    English Language 1a: Core Language Skills (Semester 1)
    This language-intensive module is designed for students with B2 level English (CEFR). 

    English Core Language Skills 1b: Communication and Culture (Semester 2)
    The module provides students with further consolidation of language skills at B2 level while developing intercultural communication competence.

    Level 5
    English Language 2: Professional Communication (Semester 1)
    This module is designed to develop students' communication, interaction and negotiation skills in professional contexts such as the workplace. It is particularly useful for non-native English speakers who are planning to gain work experience in the UK.

    Level 6
    Advanced English and Communication Skills (Semester 1)
    This module combines advanced study of English language skills, such as report writing and debating, with an exploration of linguistic variety and diversity in the English language and preparation for the Cambridge Proficiency test.

    For postgraduate and research students whose first language is not English, it is important to develop the specific language knowledge and skills needed for academic study as quickly and effectively as possible.

    For postgraduate and research students whose first language is not English, it is important to develop the specific language knowledge and skills needed for academic study as quickly and effectively as possible.

    We offer a free service designed to achieve this with non credit bearing modules, short courses, tutorials, research writing consultations, independent study resources and personal guidance.

     

    Semester 1

    • a postgraduate academic English writing skills module
    • one-to-one academic English tutorials
    • a research reading skills short course
    • a postgraduate speaking skills course
    • a lecture listening short course
    • online learning modules on critical review writing, academic vocabulary, grammar and more

     

    Semester 2

    • an English for Research Writing module 
    • one-to-one research writing tutorials
    • a research reading short course
    • a postgraduate speaking skills short course
    • a research presentation language skills short course
    • online learning modules on literature review language, dissertation expressions and more

     

    Semester 3

    • an 18-hour English for Research Writing course 
    • one-to-one research writing tutorials
    • a research presentation language skills short course

     

    Find out more...

    Further information for current students including timetable options and online enrolment.