Academic Language and Literacy courses

Our bespoke, course-specific sessions develop undergraduate and postgraduate students' academic language and literacy.

Every discipline has its own academic culture, which will include styles of communication for different audiences and purposes. We work with schools to create bespoke Academic Language and Literacy (ALL) sessions.

These sessions help students understand the expectations of academic staff and participate successfully in their academic community. Based on a developmental rather than remedial model, they benefit students from all backgrounds. They are not formally assessed or credit bearing.

In collaborating with us, academics also benefit from our expertise and from the flexible, tailored resource we provide.

To me, it always felt like a conversation between two academics who were working together very fluidly. That dynamic brought life into the sessions and created the teaching environment needed to provide tailored knowledge for the students.

Hadi Abulrub, Programme Director, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Schools we work with

We collaborate with schools from every faculty in the University, reaching students who study everything from computer science to history, music to management. In total, we are running 25 undergraduate and 44 postgraduate Academic Language and Literacy courses in 2022/23.

Contact us about an ALL

If you are a member of staff interested in collaborating with us, please visit our ALL SharePoint page.

If you are a student and your school has an Academic Language and Literacy provision, they will provide details. You will also find information on Blackboard.

Undergraduate students can contact Academic-Lang-Lit-UG@bristol.ac.uk with any questions. Postgraduate students can contact Academic-Lang-Lit-PG@bristol.ac.uk.

Information for students

If your school has an Academic Language and Literacy provision, they will provide details. You will also find information on Blackboard.

Undergraduate students can contact Academic-Lang-Lit-UG@bristol.ac.uk with any questions. Postgraduate students can contact Academic-Lang-Lit-PG@bristol.ac.uk.

Information for staff

Interested in working with us to create a bespoke course? Visit our information for staff Sharepoint page for details.

I have found these sessions so useful. Because I’m a home student, lots of international students asked me why I was there – I really struggled with academic writing when I was an undergraduate. I’ve got straight As so far, and I think that is partly thanks to the ALL sessions!

Amy, School of Education
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