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Resources for University of Bradford Distance Learners

Self-study Resources

The self-study resources hosted on the University of Bradford VLE (Blackboard) can help to improve the English skills you feel are most important for you; listening, speaking, reading or writing.

For example, if you are worried about speaking in English in your seminars, the materials under ‘Speaking’ practise pronunciation or asking questions in seminars. In Writing, you can see how to organise paragraphs, academic writing rules and how to use referencing. The Reading section suggests how you might read more quickly or understand arguments in a text. The Listening section explains how to take effective lecture notes and to identify key academic language. The Grammar section looks at tenses, word formation and many other useful grammar points with examples, practice activities and answer keys so you can check your progress.

You need to register with the Language Centre if you wish to use these resources.

Online module- Preparing for study: academic culture, language and assessment

This short module (3 hours for core activities) helps you to understand differences between academic conventions here in the UK and those you may be familiar with in your own country, so you feel better prepared for what your tutors and your classmates might expect from you whilst you study at The University of Bradford.

There are four units: Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing with a final quiz at the end. The course is designed for self-study and you choose which activities are most helpful for you. There is a short, voluntary quiz at the end.

English Language Helpdesk

This is an online area in Blackboard where you can ask questions about English Grammar, Vocabulary or Assignment Writing. If you are confused about different tenses in English, how to use formal or informal words or when to use in-text citations, you can post your question here and a tutor will answer you online. It’s available anytime via Blackboard.

Postgraduate Support

This area on Blackboard is for those studying at Master’s or PhD level. It offers guidance on writing Literature Reviews, discussions with your supervisor, technology tools to support your research and how to build effective networks and much more.

One to Ones (Skype Tutorials)

The One to One section gives you details of how to request an opportunity to discuss a sample of your work for 20-30 mins with an individual English Language Centre tutor using Skype. Skype enables free video or voice calls via your mobile, tablet or computer anywhere in the world. Please contact us for more information.