Language Support

If English is not your first language, the University may be able to offer opportunities for you to improve and develop your language skills alongside your studies.

The University can offer assistance if;

* You are having difficulty understanding your lectures

* You need to learn how to write an academic essay

* You don’t know how to learn new words

* You are confused about the grammar

* You need to gain confidence speaking the language

* You have any other issue to do with language

 

International Academy

The University's International Academy aims to meet your language needs and will help you in every way they can and for the coming year, they are extending the English language support and development sessions for international students. Students would need to come to one of thirteen Wolverhampton Evaluation of Language Level sessions to be held in MD212b before and at the start of the semester.  See below for the Timetable for semester 2016- starting on 6 Feb 2017.

Module

Mod

Weeks

Day

Time

Finish

Room

Lecturer

LANGSP

English Language Support

Intermediate speaking

24,26-32

35

Mon

16:00

18:00

MC414

MC414

Dave Winston

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LANGSP

English Language Support

Intermediate writing

24,26--32

35-36

Thu

16:00

18:00

MH208/9

MC419

Sarah Girling

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Module

Mod

Weeks

Day

Time

Finish

Room

Lecturer

LANGDV

English Language Development

Intermediate and Advanced listening

24,26-32

35-36

Tue

12:00

14:00

MH208/9

MU302

Dave Winston

LANGDV

English Language Development

Advanced Writing

24,26-32,35-36

Tue

16:00

18:00

MU303

Sarah Girling

LANGDV

English Language Development

Advanced writing

24,26-32,35-36

Wed

13:00

15:00

MU303

Dave Winston

LANGDV

English Language Development

Advanced speaking

24,26-32,35-36

Wed

15:00

17:00

MU105

Dave Winston

LANGDV

English Language Development

Advanced speaking

24,26-32,35-36

Thu

12:00

14:00

KS202

Anastasia N.


* Attend a workshopYou may also choose to;

* Book a tutorial

* Attend a short language course

* Study an additional module to develop academic English or general language skills

The IA delivers language and communication training for the academic, regional and international community. These can be both credit and non-credit bearing modules which run at various times of the year.

You can contact the International Academy directly at IA@wlv.ac.uk

Follow on Twitter @WLVIntAc and on Facebook www.facebook.com/WLVIA

You can find out more about what the International Academy can offer here.

 

Postgraduate Academic English Language Development

Postgraduate academic English language provision is offered within each Faculty throughout the year, and may include workshops (freestanding and/or timetabled as part of a core module), online formative feedback on written drafts, and 1-1 tutorials (bookable by email).

The input is designed for users of English as an Additional Language, but native English speakers may benefit as well. 

If you are unsure how to access this provision, contact Carol Bailey (c.bailey@wlv.ac.uk), stating your Course title and Student Number.

For some useful links and resources, you can also visit/subscribe to the WOLF topic Academic English Language Skills.

 

Skills for Learning

The Skills for Learning programme from the Learning and Information Service (LIS) at the University offers students, of all levels, a wide range of skills development opportunities. Their range of workshops, drop-ins, online and physical resources allow students to develop academic and information skills throughout their time at the University.

Students can be supported face to face via workshops on such topics as academic writing, referencing, good academic practice, exam skills, presentation skills, critical thinking and writing literature reviews, amongst others.

At their regular drop-ins and bookable appointments, Learning and Skills Librarians meet with students in a friendly, informal setting to discuss their academic skills development issues and work with the student to develop a plan for improving those skills. Staff will regularly refer students on to other relevant services within the University.

A range of online resources has also been developed to support the face-to-face services, and as stand-alone resources for students who are not able to attend sessions in person, or for students whose preferred learning style lends itself to online resources.

There is also an online referrals system for staff to refer students to LIS services, as well as a WOLF topic ‘LIS skills'- to which all students are automatically enrolled.

Everything that LIS offer is detailed on their web pages- www.wlv.ac.uk/skills along with our contact details for staff and students.

 

 

Erasmus Exchange/Student Support

Student Support Officers (located in the MX building) are involved with the student experience for all students on an exchange programme.

These members of staff look after the Erasmus/USA incoming exchange students once they have arrived here. They liaise with other departments about the English tests, and can advise new students about the dates and the procedures of module registration and at welcome meetings etc.

 

West Midlands Language Forum

The West Midlands English Forum is hosted by the Department of English, Linguistics and Creative Writing at the University of Wolverhampton. It aims to bridge the gap between secondary, further and higher education by bringing the University into schools and colleges, and colleges and schools into the University.

The Forum is principally online but does include an array of activities, one of which is the Cutting Edge Masterclass

The idea of these masterclasses is to bring research-led expertise to GCSE and A Level students. Our staff are all experienced teachers who can bring cutting edge research to enhance A-level study and provide a glimpse into the University experience. All talks are 45 minutes long.

You can find out more on the Cutting Edge Master Class, If you are interested in booking onto one of our masterclasses or would like more information please contact us by emailing: arts@wlv.ac.uk

 

Language Cafés

ARENA THEATRE - The University runs a monthly multilingual Language Cafe at the Arena Theatre on City Campus where staff, students and members of the public can meet with other language learners and practise their English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Portuguese and Japanese language skills in an informal setting. Just look out for the Language Café sign and come over to introduce yourself!

The Café runs from 5-7pm, usually on the first Wednesday of the month. You can find out more here and dates are also posted via our Twitter and Facebook accounts.

To keep up to date with the Arena Theatre, view the What's On pages of the website or Follow @ArenaTheatre on Twitter or www.facebook.com/arenatheatre on Facebook for latest dates.

LIGHTHOUSE MEDIA CENTRE - The Lighthouse (Lock Works) currently hosts a range of informal monolingual Language Cafes for speakers of English, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish.

These meet-ups are a very relaxed and informal way to practise your chosen language and there is no need for any degree of fluency, just go along and have a go.

The meet-up groups are usually held twice a month and the English Language evenings “Queen’s English Meet Up” is every second Wednesday. A great opportunity for visitors to the UK to meet local people and practise their conversational English.

You can find more more information on Language Cafes at the Lighthouse at www.meetup.com/Wolverhampton-Language-Cafes/ 

 

Language Help at the Students’ Union

ENGLISH LANGUAGE HELP SESSIONS The Students' Union currently facilitates Language Help sessions on City Campus, during term-time - Wednesday & Friday 10am-1pm (45 minute session). Sessions by appointment only. You can book appointments HERE

 

External (Independent) Links

ENGLISH CORNER is held every Tuesday, 6pm-9pm at the Chaplaincy, City Campus. Run by Xiaoling Zou (Cassy)  - Guided throughout by native-speakers, the aim is to encourage international students to practice what they already know and to learn new things in English. Everyone is welcome and you can email the organiser direct for more information  at andy.j.briggs@googlemail.com

 

FUTURE LEARN (via University of East Anglia) currently run FREE distance learning English Study Skills courses.  For more information go to www.futurelearn.com/courses/study-skills-for-international-students