Information about DLP for students

Learning to use 'academic English' is a challenge for all students, whatever their first language. 
It is also important to understand that many students need more English study after getting an IELTS score at the required level.  This table shows that 7.0 and 7.5 are the acceptable scores for most academic courses.

Band Linguistically demanding academic courses Linguistically less demanding academic courses
9-7.5 Acceptable Acceptable
7.0 Probably acceptable Acceptable
6.5 English study needed Probably acceptable
6.0 English study needed English study needed


In addition to classes students can develop their language skills by following these suggestions:
Language Learning Ideas and using other language study services at the ELTC, such as our free
Writing Advisory Service tutorials and our online materials in MOLE

Frequently asked questions about our Departmental Language Programme are answered below.

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  1. What is DLP?

    DLP is a programme of free, specially designed English courses related to specific subject areas.  You can find out if there is DLP in your department by looking at this list:

  2. 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.  Students report getting better marks because they have attended DLP.

  3. 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.

  4. How do I register for DLP classes?

    You can register online at
    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.

  5. 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:

  6. 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.

  7. What is the English level of the courses?

    Usually 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Where can I get more information?

    You can contact your Departmental Language Coordinator, the person responsible for organising the classes and collaborating with the ELTC teacher.  You can find out who your DLC is by following the link for your department on this list: you can't find the answer to your questions, you can contact Dr Lynne Newcombe, the Programme Manager at the ELTC:

  11. 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 Team at or the DLP Programme Manager at the ELTC:

  12. 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.