Language Learning Ideas

English Language Learning Opportunities Outside Class

There are several ways in which you can increase your language learning and extension opportunities outside the classroom; you can do this through social activities, self-study and using the Writing Advisory Service.

Social Activities
Give it a Go... Student Union: activities, sports, events, day trips and experiences: from Belly Dancing to Bouldering, Snowboarding to Shiatsu, Computer Graphics to Circus Skills
University Societies Student Union: nearly 200 student run groups offer you the chance to develop your interests, or try something new.
Student Volunteering Student Union: Do something useful, have fun & build your CV!
Get more out of university life Information about all the different types of activities you can do outside of your studies to make the most of your time here at Sheffield.
University Sports Clubs U Sport has over 45 Sports Clubs for students to join.
Departmental Clubs and Societies Many departments have one - check your department's web pages.

Online learning resources
ELTC's favourite sites The University of Sheffield Self-access Centre's list of useful websites to practise General and Academic English.
Using English for Academic Purposes Produced by Andy Gillet – general information about Academic English + exercises
British Council - Learn English A website with lots of different English learning activities
Dave's ESL Cafe “The Internet's Meeting Place for ESL/EFL Students and Teachers from Around the World!"
Active Reading * An online resource to help you read more efficiently and confidently
Road to IELTS * Develop the skills you need to succeed in the IELTS exam

* Only accessible to visitors connected to the internet through the University's network. University of Sheffield staff and students can connect from home by setting up a VPN.

Dictionaries and reference materials
Cambridge University Press Online Dictionaries A variety of Cambridge dictionaries including Advanced Learner’s, American English, Idioms, Phrasal verbs
Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary A useful resource where you can listen to (American) pronunciation
Academic PhraseBank Produced by the University of Manchester, this site gives a wide range of commonly used phrases and their usage.