Academic Language and Literacy

Nobody is born speaking academic English. It is something you will need to learn, whether or not English is your first language. Our Academic Language and Literacy sessions help postgraduate taught students succeed in their studies.

Every discipline has its own academic culture and style of communication. We have worked with schools to create discipline-specific sessions, designed to help you meet expectations and communicate effectively.

What you will learn

Looking at feedback given to previous students, you will develop strategies to fulfil subject lecturers' expectations. You will also study academic language specific to your discipline.

Most sessions last around two hours. You will work in small groups, using active and practical learning methods. There will be opportunities to ask questions, discuss any issues and practise everything you learn.

Academic Language and Literacy sessions bear no credits and are not formally assessed.

Having not used academic language for more than ten years, it has been very useful and informative. I believe it will hugely benefit my assignment style, structure and approach to writing.

Nutrition, Physical Activity, Public Health, 2015


Registration for the new academic year will open in September.

Get in touch

If you have any questions, please email

Information for staff

Visit our information for staff pages to read about bespoke courses. 

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 CELFS sessions!

Amy, School of Education, 2018

Which schools we work with

We collaborate with schools and faculties across the University to offer subject-specific provision.

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