Departmental Language Programme 2018-19

In collaboration with academic departments across the University, the ELTC provides free, subject-specific classes for students who would like to develop their academic English and communication skills.

Would you like to improve your understanding of lectures or gain more confidence to participate in seminars? Want to improve your pronunciation and subject-specific vocabulary? Need to develop your language skills for writing assignments? Then the Departmental Language Programme is for you!

Timetables for the classes in your department can be accessed hereDLP Timetable

If there is no timetable for your department yet, please come back to this page soon, as we are updating the timetables.  You can also register online for these classes.

Frequently asked questions by staff and students about our Departmental Language Programme (DLP) are answered below.

What is DLP?

DLP is a programme of free, specially designed English courses related to specific subject areas. You can find out if classes are offered in your department by checking this list.

How can DLP help me?

ELTC teachers and staff from your department work together to design a course related to your modules and assignments. You can also discuss what you need with your ELTC teacher. The teacher will try to make the lesson content fit with your module timetable so that you learn things that are useful for what you are studying at the time.

What exactly do we study?

It depends on what you and your department think you might need. Lessons often focus on paraphrasing and summarising, writing reports or essays, reading and understanding assignments, avoiding plagiarism and practising presentations. The teacher will use materials related to your module topics so that you become more familiar with the language and communication style of your field.

How do I register for DLP classes?

You can register online here: 

DLP Registration

You can use use this guide to DLP registration. If you have any problems with this, you can just go to the classes and give your name and email address to the teacher. This will help us to contact you if necessary, for example, if the class is cancelled if your teacher is ill.

Where and when are the classes?

The classes are held in your department and your timetable should give details of times and locations. You can also check on the ELTC website: 

DLP Timetables

Additional information about the DLP classes offered in each department can be accessed through the following links:

How long is the course?

It depends on what your department has requested. It can vary from one or two workshops to a weekly class throughout the year. Lessons usually take place during the semester, not during university holidays. However, it is possible that your department will arrange dissertation support at that time. 

What is the English level of the courses?

The classes are at upper intermediate level (IELTS 6 or above), but the exact level depends on the entry requirements for each department. Some departments provide classes at different levels. There might be separate groups for undergraduates, masters and PhD students. This does not mean, however, that if you have a good level of English, you will not benefit from attending the classes. 

Can I get credits for these classes?

No, there are no assessments or credits for these classes. They are designed to help you get better grades for your modules.

Do I have to attend these classes?

Some departments make the lessons compulsory. If your department tells you to attend, then you should do so. Remember that the purpose of the classes is to help you improve the English you need for different modules on your course.

What should I do if I have a complaint?

If you are not happy with your course, you should talk to the teacher. We are flexible teachers and try to make the lessons useful for all the students. If your problem is not resolved, you can talk to your Departmental Language Coordinator. If neither of these is effective, you should contact the DLP Manager at the ELTC: v.guillen@sheffield.ac.uk

What should I do if I miss the class or have to leave early?

If you are ill and cannot go to class, you should email your ELTC teacher.

If you have to leave early or arrive late because of another course commitment or lab work, remember to explain to your teacher and leave or come in quietly so that you do not disturb your classmates.

Contacts

For further information about the Departmental Language Programme you can contact:

Programme Manager - Victor Guillen-Solano: v.guillen@sheffield.ac.uk

Social Science Faculty Contact - Evdokia Valiou: e.k.valiou@sheffield.ac.uk

Arts and Humanities Faculty Contact- Evdokia Valiou: e.k.valiou@sheffield.ac.uk 

Science and Medicine & Dentistry and Health Faculty Contact - Lynne Newcombe: l.newcombe@sheffield.ac.uk

Engineering Faculty Contact - Mark Lawrence - m.d.lawrence@sheffield.ac.uk