English Language Support (ELS) Programme

Semester 1 registration is now open. Last day to register is 19th October.

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 will I learn?

This 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. 

Who is ELS for?

The courses are provided for students who would like extra help with their English. If you scored a 6.5 or less on your latest IELTS, you will need language support. Below you will find information about the organisation of ELS courses.

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 CANNOT attend these sessions.

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. Information about Writing Advisory Service is available by clicking the link on the right.

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. Online Language Learning materials are also available. You can also click on the links on the right of this page for more information.

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 run two 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.  

Semester 1 Course Information

English Language Support (ELS) 5 week course, week beginning 9 Oct. to week beginning 6 Nov

ELS consists of 9 different part-time courses specially designed to help students improve their English for specific academic purposes. ELS courses are run for 5 weeks from week beginning 9 October to week beginning 6 November in Semester 1. You can apply for a maximum of two courses. Click on this link to find a list of subject areas/course informationTo register, please follow this link.  If you need help registering, you can use this guide to ELS registration. Registration closes on the 19th of October.

ELTC Academic Sessions (ELTCAS).  A choice of different sessions between  22 Nov. to 13 Dec. 

We offer a series of single General English and Academic English sessions on various topics (e.g. Pronunciation, Writing Lab Reports) which are repeated over a 4-week period from 20 November to 13 December. You can choose to do as many of the sessions as you like, but please do attend your chosen sessions as space is limited. Click on this link to find a list of session topics available.  To learn more about Academic English sessions click hereFor information regarding eligibility and registration process click here. Registration for ELTCAS opens on the 23rd of October 2017.

Semester 1 Course Timetables

The sessions in Semester 1 will run at different times and dates. Click on the links below to see the dates/times when they are available.

English Language Support (ELS) Semester 1 Timetable

ELTC Academic Sessions (ELTCAS) Semester 1 Timetable