ELTC Spring Orientation: English language and culture workshops

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Event details

Twice weekly on Mondays and Wednesdays from Monday April 22 until Wednesday June 5
9:30am to 11:00am or 11:30am to 1:00pm (UK Time - BST)
Attendance is free and open to applicants who have accepted an offer of a place on a full-time Summer 2024 ELTC course.


Get a head start on student life in Sheffield with our English language and culture workshops this Spring for Summer 2024 English Language Teaching Centre (ELTC) applicants. 

This free 7 week programme offers two interactive workshops per week on topics such as English grammar, pronunciation, vocabulary, idiomatic expressions, and aspects of life as a student in Sheffield and the UK.

Each workshop will be led by an experienced English language tutor who will support and encourage you to practise communicating in English throughout the session.

These workshops form part of the ELTC’s Spring Orientation programme for 2024 applicants, along with our series of English Language and Culture Lectures.

Who are the workshops for?

The workshops are part of the ELTC's Spring Orientation programme and are open to applicants who have accepted an offer of a place on a Summer 2024 full-time course (Pre-sessional English or the Academic Literacy and University Culture programme).

Upcoming workshops

The workshops are 90 minutes long and will take place every Monday and Wednesday between April 22 and June 5 2024.

Each individual workshop runs twice on the same day, with available start times of 9:30am or 11:30am UK time (BST).

You can select your preferred start time when signing up for the workshops.

Workshop topics and dates:

Week 1 - April 22: Geography

Monday April 22 - Introduction / Four parts of the UK / Descriptive language

Wednesday April 24 - Popular places to visit in the UK / Language of comparison

Week 2 - April 29: Etiquette

Monday April 29 - Politeness and formality

Wednesday May 1 - Conversation rules and email etiquette

Week 3 - May 6: Culture

Monday May 6 - Responding to other people / responding to good news and bad news

Wednesday May 8 - Checking information / seeking agreement

Week 4 - May 13: Food

Monday May 13 - Famous British chefs / eating out

Wednesday May 15 - Culinary tourism / ordering drinks

Week 5 - May 20: English Language

Monday May 20 - Making what we say sound more authentic

Wednesday May 22 - English in England and around the world / English pronunciation

Week 6 - May 27: Idioms

Monday May 27 - The importance of idioms and phrasal verbs in speech 

Wednesday May 29 - Shopping

Week 7 - June 3: Education

Monday June 3 - Elements of successful language learning / modal verbs

Wednesday June 5 - Using technology in language learning  / conditional sentences

How to join

You can sign up to attend the workshops by completing the sign up form:

Sign up now 

The workshops will take place online on Blackboard. After you sign up we will send you an email with detailed joining instructions for each workshop around 1 week before it takes place.

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