Key Facts - English Language Support (ELS)

Description

Semester 1 

In ELS Semester 1, we offer two kinds of courses.

a) A series of 9 different part-time language support courses designed to help students improve their English language and academic literacy skills. ELS covers areas such as Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking. Dissertation Writing, loosely grouped into 'Science & Technology' and 'Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences'. Also included are general skills: Pronunciation, Grammar, and General English Development for conversational skills.

b) A set of 12 academic skills sessions with a main focus on Academic Writing, Speaking, Pronunciation and Dissertation Writing.

Semester 2

In ELS Semester 2, we offer two kinds of courses.

a) A series of 9 different part-time language support courses designed to help students improve their English language and literacy skills. ELS covers areas such as Reading, Writing, , Listening and Speaking, Dissertation Writing, loosely grouped into 'Science & Technology' and 'Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences'. Also included are general skills:Pronunciation, Grammar and General English Development for conversation skills.

b) A set of 12 different academic sessions with a main focus on Academic Writing, Speaking and Dissertation Writing.

Programme Objectives

To improve academic communication so that EFL/ESL students can access their academic course content more effectively and demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of their academic discipline. Specifically to:
a. Develop academic writing, focusing on different skills, working at both the sentence and paragraph level and helping avoid plagiarism.
b. Enable students to produce an effective dissertation, in accordance with British academic conventions.
c. Introduce the concept and practices of seminars at British universities and help improve both speaking and listening skills by focusing on typical features of pronunciation (e.g. intonation and connected speech) and patterns of discourse expected in specific academic contexts.
d. Improve written and spoken grammar accuracy.

Level IELTS 6.5 or below
Proof of English Online placement test
Minimum Age 18
Eligibility Fully registered, degree-level University of Sheffield students
Exclusions IELTS 7.5+, USIC students, non-degree level students (apart from students  studying in the University's Department for Lifelong Learning), Staff.
Maximum Class Size 20 students for all classes 
Full or Part-time? Part-time
Times

Semester 1 ELS Courses Choice of: Monday 9.00-11.00, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 5.15-6.45 pm; Wednesday 1.45 - 3.15 pm and Wednesday 3.30 - 5.00 pm, Friday 1.45-5.00.

Semester 1 Academic Sessions Choice of : Wednesday 1:45 - 3:15 pm and 3:30 - 5:00 pm

Semester 2 ELS Courses Choice of:

Monday 9.00-11.00, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 5.15-6.45 pm; Wednesday 1.45 - 3.15 pm and Wednesday 3.30 - 5.00 pm, Friday 1.45-5.00.

Semester 2 Academic Sessions Wednesday afternoons 1.45 - 3.15 and 3.30-5.00 pm

Hours per week 1.5 hours per course taken. 2 courses can be taken per semester. Students who miss two consecutive lessons without justification will be removed from the course register.
Dates

Semester 1, ELS part-time classes: 14th Oct 2019- 11th Nov 2019.

Semester 1, ELTCAS classes: 25th Nov 2019 – 16th Dec 2019.

Semester 2 ELS part-time classes: 17th Feb 2020- 16th Mar 2020.

Semester 2, ELTCAS classes: 27th April 2020 – 18th May 2020. 

Non-teaching dates

Christmas Closure (23rd December 2019 – 3rd January 2020)
Easter closure (6th – 18th April 2019)
Summer closure (September)

Location ELTC, 78 Hoyle Street, or other university buildings on campus
Rooms ELTC rooms: specifically designed language classrooms with seating for a maximum of 25 students, equipped with audio-visual and computer technologies (interactive whiteboards).
Cost Free
Materials Free
Exam None
Credits None
Certification Certificate of Attendance may be given
Report No
Support Needs analysis and fixed syllabus to meet student needs.
Prompt responses to email enquiries for change of courses or removal from courses.
Teachers’ Minimum Qualifications For general English -  First Degree and Certificate-level teaching qualification (or equivalent)
For academic English - First Degree (or higher) and Diploma-level teaching qualification (or equivalent)
At times certificate-level teachers with relevant experience, training and/or academic background will be used on academic English classes. Care is taken to match class type to the teacher's academic background and experience.
Complaints If you have any problems or complaints, please talk to your tutor first. In most cases he or she will be able to help you. If you would like to talk to the Course Director, please don’t hesitate to contact Paul O'Gara - email p.ogara@sheffield.ac.uk or call (0114) 222 8066.

If it is not possible for the Director to resolve your complaint, the University complaints procedures will apply. Please visit the following link - http://www.shef.ac.uk/ssid/procedures/grid_complaints

If any formal complaints arise, they are logged in the ELTC Complaints Log.

Accommodation Not Applicable
Leisure and Social Not Applicable
Financial Info Not Applicable
Visa Info Not eligible
Accreditation The British Council
Application Process On-line
Placement Test On-line
Further Information https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/eltc/languagesupport/els
E-mail eltc.els@sheffield.ac.uk
Telephone +44 114 222 1780 (international)
0114 222 1780 (UK)
Fax +44 114 222 1788 (international)
0114 222 1788 (UK)
Post English Language Teaching Centre
The University of Sheffield
78 Hoyle Street
Sheffield
S3 7LG
United Kingdom
Programme Director Paul O'Gara
Director of ELTC Richard Simpson