We offer a series of free workshops throughout the year. You must register for an English for Academic Purposes course in order to attend workshops.

Workshops include:

Understanding APA  

Are you worried about plagiarism? Do you want to know more about how to reference sources accurately using APA? If you have answered 'yes' to either of these questions, then this workshop is for you. This workshop demonstrates WHY referencing all sources is so important. We will study good and bad examples of referencing, using common coursework sources. We will investigate a range of sources and opportunities for questions will be given, so that you feel confident with all aspects of referencing.

Reading skills

Effective reading is the most essential skill for academic success. If you feel you read too slowly, or if you have difficulty in understanding what you read, then this workshop is for you. After a brief review of the different purposes and techniques of reading, we will analyse a short but dense text in order to see how meaning is constructed by means of sentence structure and connections between words (lexical cohesion).

Developing your listening skills        

This workshop looks at listening in different contexts, discusses coping strategies for different situations and includes some listening and note-taking practice.

Common Errors

In this session we will look at common linking words and how to use them, capital letters, singular and plurals, common uncountable nouns (that do not need 's' to make plural) and the, a and an (the definite and indefinite articles) with the main purpose of avoiding common errors often made with these parts of language. 

Oral skills                    

Just as the language is governed by a set of grammatical rules, there is a set of basic rules which need to be followed if your pronunciation is to be clearly understood by those with whom you come into contact. This workshop familiarises you with these important conventions and provides you with an opportunity to practise and develop your own pronunciation.  

Literature review

The literature review is a fundamental section of the dissertation, so it is essential for students to understand its structural and stylistic features. Therefore, this session focuses on the theory, practice and language of the literature review in order to help students develop a better understanding of the writing processes involved. Teaching will be delivered in the form of a workshop, and students will be encouraged to develop understanding through both group and pair work activities.

Professional Communication

The ability to communicate clearly, accurately, and professionally is an essential skill for both your academic studies and future career. This interactive workshop session will look at style, tone, register, and appropriacy in English. We will look at a variety of different contexts, including face-to-face, e-mail, and inter-cultural communication.


This is a workshop which gives you the opportunity to understand more about the elements of a successful academic presentation in a relaxed, fun and practical way. The main focus is on the format and language of the outline and main body of the presentation


The English language has over a million words. For many students learning new vocabulary can be a daunting task. While at university you will discover and learn a huge number of new words. In this workshop we will discuss the words which are most frequently used in academic contexts and will give you the opportunity to try out new ways of learning and remembering new vocabulary.

Cautious language (Making your language reflect the strength of your claim)

One of the most important features of any academic text is the distinction between, at two extremes, what can be supported by evidence (fact) and what is essentially the opinion of the writer. This workshop looks at how both of these - and different points on the continuum - can be incorporated into a text, thus ensuring that the use of grammatical and lexical resources reflect the intended strength of the writer’s claim.

Writing the abstract, introduction and conclusion of dissertations

Dissertations and Final Reports are a fundamental part of the assessment process, so it is essential for students to understand their structural and stylistic features. Therefore, this short session focuses on the language of three key sections of the dissertation in order to help students develop a better understanding of the language, structure and content of these key elements. Teaching will focus on the following: Writing the Abstract Writing the introduction Writing the conclusion. Teaching will be delivered in the form of a workshop, and students will be encouraged to develop understanding through both group and pair work activities.


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