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Our two-hour workshops let you focus on a particular skill - a great way to practice and improve.


Workshops - semester one

Wednesday:  3-5pm, C1.03a Chesham 

Workshops - semester two

Wednesday:  3-5pm, C1.03a Chesham


To book a place on a workshop, please go to the Student Workshops webpage.

Online resources

Find out more below, and find materials on Blackboard.

Instructions on how to access them are on our Study tools and resources page.

Class structure and content

Semester 1:

Semester 2:


This session looks at what makes a good reader.  We discuss and practice various types of reading techniques and strategies, including speed reading and effective note-taking.

Semester one dates:

  • 27 September 2017 (week 2)

Semester two dates:

  • 24 January 2018 (week 1)

Organisation and structure in academic writing

In this session we will look at the purpose, features, and language of introductions, body paragraphs, and conclusions.

Semester one dates:

  • 4 October 2017 (week 3)
  • 15 November 2017 (week 9)

Semester two dates:

  • 31 January 2018 (week 2)
  • 14 March 2018 (week 8)

Common Errors in Writing

Avoid the common mistakes in academic writing by coming along to this session.  We will look at the most common errors in punctuation, spelling, grammar, vocabulary and style. We also look at the necessity of editing your work and discuss effective proofreading techniques.

Semester one dates:

  • 18 October 2017 (week 5)

Semester two dates:

  • 14 February 2018 (week 4)

Academic style

In this session we will analyse the style of academic texts.  We will discuss the features of formality, precision, objectivity, complexity, coherence and caution.

Semester one dates:

  • 25 October 2017 (week 6)

Semester two dates:

  • 21 February 2018 (week 5)

The language of critical thinking

This session looks at the importance of being critical in academic writing.  We will discuss what 'critical thinking' means and the language that can be used to show criticality in your writing.

Semester one dates:

  • 8 November 2017 (week 8)

Semester two dates:

  • 7 March 2018 (week 7)

Presentation skills

We will look what makes a good presentation, discussing tips on delivery and body language.  We will also analyse the structure of a presentation and the language to be used in each section.


Semester one dates:

  • 1 November 2017 (week 7)

Semester two dates:

  • 28 February 2018 (week 6)

Avoiding plagiarism in academic writing

This session focuses on the body of your writing.  We look at how to summarise, paraphrase, and synthesise effectively.

Semester one dates:

  • 11 October 2017 (week 4)
  • 22 November 2017 (week 10) 

Semester two dates:

  • 7 February 2018 (week 3)
  • 21 March 2018 (week 9)

Individual appointments

Individual appointments on any aspect of academic English. To book an appointment, go to

Semester one dates:

  • 29 November 2017 (week 11)
  • 6 December 2017 (week 12)
  • 13 December 2017 (week 13)

Semester two dates:

  • 11 April 2018 (week 10)
  • 18 April 2018 (week 11)
  • 25 April 2018 (week 12)