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Academic English workshops

Our Academic English workshops are freely available to all registered students at The University of Manchester.

These 'in-sessional' workshops cover the key skills you need to succeed: academic writing, academic speaking, academic grammar and academic pronunciation.

There are regular start dates throughout the year – and many courses run in short blocks of three or four workshops. 

Academic writing

What is 'good' academic writing? How can you improve your academic writing?  We all think about these questions, and so the University Language Centre offers specialised academic writing workshops for each Faculty, covering the essentials of academic writing.

 

Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

ULC Academic Writing Course Outline: FBMH (UG/PGT)

This class will run on the following dates: 11 Oct, 18 Oct, 1 Nov, 15 Nov, 29 Nov & 6 Dec. 

  • (FBMH) Friday 10:30 - 12:00:                          To register, please click here.

 

Faculty of Humanities

These weekly writing workshops are delivered in two blocks of four workshops, with regular start dates throughout Semester 1.

We advise that you attend one block of classes at a time (i.e. do not attend Surface and Depth classes and Making Meaning classes in the same week).  

ULC Academic Writing Course Outline: Humanities SEM1 

Surface and Depth Block

These classes are identical: please choose one only. 

(HUM1) Monday 16:00 - 17:30 (23 Sep-14 Oct):                               To register, please click here.

(HUM3) Wednesday 14:30 - 16:00 (25 Sep-16 Oct):                          To register, please click here.

(HUM1) Monday 16:00 - 17:30 (21 Oct-11 Nov):                               To register, please click here.

(HUM3) Wednesday 14:30 - 16:00 (23 Oct-13 Nov):                          To register, please click here.

Making Meaning Block

These classes are identical: please choose one only. 

(HUM2) Tuesday 16:30 - 18:00 (24 Sep-15 Oct):                               To register, please click here.

(HUM4) Thursday 16:30 - 18:00 (26 Sep-17 Oct):                             To register, please click here.

(HUM2) Tuesday 16:30 - 18:00 (22 Oct-12 Nov):                               To register, please click here.

(HUM4) Thursday 16:30 - 18:00 (24 Oct-14 Nov):                              To register, please click here

 

Faculty of Science and Engineering

These weekly writing workshops are delivered in two blocks of four workshops, with regular start dates throughout Semester 1.

We advise that you attend one block of classes at a time (i.e. do not attend Substance and Style classes and Text and Meaning classes in the same week).  

ULC Academic Writing Course Outline: Science & Engineering SEM1 

Substance and Style Block

These classes are identical: please choose one only. 

(FSE1) Monday 16:30 - 18:00 (23 Sep-14 Oct):                               To register, please click here.

(FSE3) Wednesday 14:30 - 16:00 (25 Sep-16 Oct):                          To register, please click here.

(FSE1) Monday 16:30 - 18:00 (21 Oct-11 Nov):                               To register, please click here.

(FSE3) Wednesday 14:30 - 16:00 (23 Oct-13 Nov):                          To register, please click here

Text and Meaning Block

These classes are identical: please choose one only. 

(FSE2) Tuesday 16:30 - 18:00 (24 Sep-15 Oct):                               To register, please click here.

(FSE4) Thursday 16:00 - 17:30 (26 Sep-17 Oct):                             To register, please click here.

(FSE2) Tuesday 16:30 - 18:00 (22 Oct-12 Nov):                               To register, please click here.

(FSE4) Thursday 16:00 - 18:30 (24 Oct-14 Nov):                              To register, please click here.

Academic grammar

Do you worry about making mistakes with academic English? This series of ten academic grammar workshops will sharpen up your grammar and give you the confidence and accuracy you need.

ULC Grammar Course Outline

These classes are identical: please choose one only. 

  • (GRAM1) Monday 14:00 - 15:00:                    To register, please click here.
  • (GRAM2) Tuesday 14:00 - 15:00:                    To register, please click here.
  • (GRAM3) Wednesday 16:00 - 17:00:               To register, please click here.
  • (GRAM4) Thursday 14.00 - 15.00:                  To register, please click here.

Academic speaking

How confident are you delivering a presentation? How confident are you at speaking in a group? We’ll help you with these speaking skills – and more – at these hands-on academic speaking workshops. They are delivered in two blocks of three workshops, with regular start dates throughout Semester 1.

We advise that you attend one block of classes at a time (i.e. do not attend Block A and Block B classes in the same week).  

ULC Academic Speaking Course Outline

Block A

These classes are identical: please choose one only. 

  • (SPK1) Monday 16:30 - 18:00 (23 Sep-7 Oct):                          To register, please click here.
  • (SPK3) Wednesday 14:30 - 16:00 (25 Sep-9 Oct):                     To register, please click here.
  • (SPK1) Monday 16:30 - 18:00 (14 Oct-28 Oct):                         To register, please click here.
  • (SPK3) Wednesday 14:30 - 16:00 (16 Oct-30 Oct):                    To register, please click here.

Block B

These classes are identical: please choose one only. 

  • (SPK2) Tuesday 16:00 - 17:30 (24 Sep-8 Oct):                        To register, please click here.
  • (SPK4) Thursday 16:30 - 18:00 (26 Sep-10 Oct):                     To register, please click here.
  • (SPK2) Tuesday 16:00 - 17:30 (15 Oct-29 Oct):                       To register, please click here.
  • (SPK4) Thursday 16:30 - 18:00 (17 Oct-31 Oct):                      To register, please click here.

Academic pronunciation

We intend to run these classes in Semester 2: please return here in December. 

General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)

The University needs to collect, maintain and use personal data in order to process your registration for classes. It is important that you read our students, applicants and offer holders privacy notice, to understand how we process your personal information. 

FAQs - Academic Success Programme 2019 (PDF)