We offer lectures and follow-up workshops on a variety of English language skills and situations, both academic and non-academic.

See the programme outline section below for further details on the types of lectures and workshops available.

Semester 1 Programme

2nd October - 1st December 2017

Academic English lectures and workshops to assist you with various aspects of your studies:

   -   academic reading and writing
   -   lectures and seminars
   -   transactions and interpersonal communication

Sessions are available to book now.  See the enrolment section below.

English Orientation Programme

15th January - 26th January 2018

General English workshops to help you settle in to life in Glasgow.

Sessions will be available to book from early January 2018.  

Semester 2 Programme

15th January  - 16th March 2018

Academic English lectures and workshops to assist you with your studies.  Some content from Semester 1 will be repeated and new sessions will be offered.

Sessions will be available to book from early January 2018.

Programme outline

Language for academic reading and writing

Tenses in academic writing

  • Uses of different tenses in academic contexts and reasons why they are used
  • What tenses are used, where and when in texts such as essays, research reports and academic papers

Constructing sentences

  • Overview of sentence types–simple, compound, complex and compound-complex
  • An overview and analysis of how expert writers organise information using different sentence patterns.

Cohesion, coherence & punctuation

  • Types of punctuation and why they are used
  • Types of cohesive devices
  • Analysing a text for the use of discourse markers and reasons for their use
  • Thematic progression in a text (Theme/Reme)

Giving Opinions - 'Hedging'/'Cautious' language

  • Reasons why cautious language is used in academic English
  • Looking at examples of ‘cautious’ / ‘hedging’ devices
  • Analysing an academic paragraph to look at what devices are used and why


Language for Lectures and Seminars

Listening to lectures

  • Listening to extracts from lectures and taking precise notes
  • Considering possible structures of a lecture and how these help note-taking
  • Noticing the use of linking and signalling devices

Listening to seminars/round table discussions

  • Tuning in to the variety of contributions, of different lengths and types, offered in a discussion
  • Listening for ways speakers acknowledge, challenge or develop another’s contribution

Giving a joint talk or presentation

  • Collaborating to give mini-presentations
  • Exploiting freer forms of expression, incorporating techniques for controlling your vocal delivery
  • Reciting a poem with full expression, to get ideas on how to make yourself a more interesting presenter

Recounting stories or narrating events

  • Learning how to maintain coherence in a longer talk, whether you want to tell a ‘story’ or give an account of an area of research
  • Using specific language features to stage the sequence of events of conducting an interview

Presenting and defending your stance / case

  • Identifying speakers’ purpose/argument
  • Discussing and evaluating listeners’ reactions
  • Analysing speakers’ attitudes and defence


Language for Transactions and Interpersonal Communications

Understanding formal and informal speaking situations

  • Examining different ways that people communicate, formally and informally
  • Judging the level of formality to produce the right style of language
  • Identifying what type of speaking situations require which uses of language, for example, UK academic expectations of seminars

Listening to narratives

  • Narratives can be both academic and non-academic
  • Following a long, complex, or detailed story to get general information/gist
  • Listening more intensively to isolate specific, important detail


Visit our online booking system to find out which sessions are currently available to book:








Important Information for Students

  • This course will NOT show on your MyCampus timetable.
  • Please check your student email regularly for updates - if a room is changed, we will email your student email.
  • Events are released on a weekly basis.
  • Each lecture is offered as a standalone session.  After attending the lecture you can register for an optional workshop.  You can only come to one lecture or workshop in a specific series (e.g. Tenses in academic writing) but you can come to as many different series as you wish.
  • If you repeatedly register for lectures or workshops and then don’t attend then you will not be able to book any further events.  Therefore, please cancel your registration before the event if you can’t attend.

Entry requirements

Workshops are open to all University of Glasgow students, staff and visiting researchers.