English Language Support (ELS) Programme

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.  

Semester 1 Course Information

English Language Support (ELS) 5 week course, week beginning 14th Oct to week beginning 11th Nov.

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 14th October to week beginning 11th November. 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 closed on Thursday 24th Oct at 5pm. We will offer ELS courses again in Semester 2 next year.

To register for ELS Courses please click below:

ELS Registration



Dissertation Writing (DW) - 5-week course, week beginning 14th Oct to week beginning 11th Nov.

This course is designed for Final Year Undergraduates and MastersĀ“ students. MastersĀ“students may find it useful to take this course in Semester 2 because that is when many MastersĀ“ 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 closed on Thursday 24th Oct at 5pm.  We will offer more ELS courses again in Semester 2 next year.

To register for Dissertation Writing classes click on the ELS Registration link below:

ELTC Academic Sessions (ELTCAS): A choice of different sessions between week beginning 25th Nov to week beginning 16th Dec.

We offer a series of single General English and Academic English sessions on various topics such as Communicating with Tutors, Essay Writing which are repeated over a 4-week period from week beginning 25 November to week beginning 16th December. You can choose to do as many sessions as you like, but please do attend your chosen sessions as space is limited. Visit the ELTCAS webpage to see a list of session topics.

ELTCAS Course Registration will open on Monday 18th November.