English Language Support (ELS) Programme

English Language Support (ELS) classes in 2020-21 will either run online or face to face due to current measures to manage the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

What is ELS and who is it for?

Our English Language Support (ELS) courses are provided for foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate students at The University of Sheffield who would like to develop their academic literacy, English language and communication skills. If you scored a 6.5 or less on your latest IELTS, you will benefit from additional English language support.

These classes are only available to students who are already studying at The University of Sheffield (including at the Department for Lifelong Learning). Students on courses at the ELTC or University of Sheffield International College are not eligible for ELS classes.

What will I learn?

Our English Language Support programme offers you the opportunity to develop a wide range of academic, language and communication skills. Activities are designed to generate a lot of interaction so that you  can practise the academic language and skills that you need to fulfil the expectations in your programme, and integrate more effectively into your department and the wider academic community. 

What do our students say about our ELS courses?

We often receive very positive feedback from students.  Here are a few of their comments:

 "The materials given are really very helpful. I love the teaching methods"
"Great and helpful class"
"Very useful and relevant"
"The course is useful and interesting, the content is clear and well-organised"
"I recommend this class for every student"

What if ELS is not suitable for me?

If you scored a 7.0 or more on the IELTS, you may not need much language support.   If this is your case, there are other opportunities available for you to improve your general, written and spoken English.  

If you need help with your writing, you are also advised to use the Writing Advisory Service for individual help with your writing.

To improve your Speaking and Listening skills, you should participate in various social activities in your department and in those organised by the Students Union. Our Online Language Support hub offers a range of resources and tutorials to help you develop your English language skills.

If your level of English is good (e.g. IELTS 7.5 + or equivalent), the classes will probably not be suitable for you.

How are the courses organised?

We offer courses that cover the most important English language and academic literacy skills in both Semester 1 and Semester 2. The content is based on feedback collected from student surveys and focus groups.

How will ELS work if teaching takes place online?

ELS courses scheduled for the 2020/21 academic year are being planned to either accommodate online teaching or a return to face-to-face teaching depending on the situation with Coronavirus at the time. If we are still teaching online, some sessions will be delivered “live” with a teacher in an online classroom.

The timetable and the registration links for all the sessions will be available to all students through this webpage at the start of the 2020/21 academic year.

Spring Semester (Semester 2) Course Information

English Language Support (ELS) 5 week course, week beginning 17th February to week beginning 16th March.

ELS consists of 9 different part-time courses specially designed to help students improve their English for specific academic purposes. Most ELS courses are run for 5-weeks from week beginning 17th February to week beginning 16th March. You can apply for a maximum of two ELS courses. Click on this link to find a list of subject areas/course information.

ELS course registration is closed.  The deadline to register is Wednesday 26th Feb, 5pm.

ELS Registration

Dissertation Writing (DW) - 5-week course, week beginning 17th February to week beginning 16th March.

This course is designed for Final Year Undergraduates and Masters´ students. Masters´students may find it useful to take this course in Semester 2 because that is when many Masters´ students usually have to start thinking about their dissertation. The duration of this course is 5-weeks. We offer separate courses for Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences and Heath Related Research 

We have separate courses for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths students. Please note that the topics covered in Dissertation Writing sessions in Semester 2 are different from those covered in Semester 1.

Dissertation writing course registration is closed. The deadline to register is Wednesday 26th Feb, 5pm.

ELS Registration

Online ELTC Academic Sessions (ELTCAS): A choice of different sessions between week beginning 27th April to week beginning 18th May.

We offer a series of single Academic English sessions on various topics such as Communicating with Tutors, Dissertation Writing which are repeated over a 4-week period from week beginning 27th April to week beginning 18th May. You can choose to do as many sessions as you like, but please do attend your chosen sessions as numbers are limited. Visit the ELTCAS webpage to see a list of session topics.

ELTCAS registration is open.  We will offer ELTCAS after the Easter holidays.