English Language Support (ELS) Programme

English Language Support (ELS) classes for 2021-22 will begin week commencing October 11th 2021. 

What is ELS and who is it for?

Our English Language Support (ELS) courses are provided for undergraduate and postgraduate students at The University of Sheffield who would like to develop their English language and communication skills, as well as academic literacy. 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 with your classmates 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"
"It was great to meet students from other departments"

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 online 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. We also offer 45 minute online tutorials through our Speaking and Language Advisory Service.

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. The content is based on feedback collected from student surveys and focus groups.

For Semester 1 in 2021/22 ELS classes will primarily take place in face-to-face classroom based lessons. Some classes may also take place onl

How will ELS work if teaching takes place online?

ELS courses scheduled for the 2021/22 academic year have been designed for online teaching and will be delivered “live” with a teacher in a virtual classroom. As with face to face classes, you are expected to interact with others in the class, and be prepared to discuss ideas with the teacher and other students.

Which courses are available?

ELS consists of 9 different part-time courses specially designed to help students improve their English for specific academic purposes. You can apply for a maximum of two ELS courses per semester. Available courses include:

  • Dissertation Writing (Arts & Humanities / Science & Technology)
  • Academic Reading & Writing (Arts & Humanities / Science & Technology)
  • Academic Speaking & Listening (Arts & Humanities / Science & Technology)
  • General English Development
  • Grammar
  • Pronunciation

Please note the list above is for illustrative purposes only and the availability of courses shown may change.

When do ELS classes take place?

For the dates and times of classes for semester 1, 2021-22, please view the linked Timetable below nearer the start of the semester.

ELS Timetable Semester 1 - 2021/22

How do I sign up for ELS courses?

You can sign up for ELS classes through the link below:

English Language Support Classes - Semester 1 - 2021/22

Registration for ELS classes in Semester 1 will be open until midnight on Thursday 21st October. Places in classes are limited and subject to availability on a first come first served basis. If you apply for a popular class you may be placed on a waiting list until a place in the class becomes available.