The Westminster Professional Language Centre provides pre-sessional courses and in-sessional Academic English courses.
If you have been offered a place on an Undergraduate or Postgraduate course at the University of Westminster but haven’t yet reached the language level for your chosen course, a pre-sessional course may be for you, provided you meet the entry level requirements.
We also offer support in Academic English for Undergraduate and Postgraduate students who can take an Academic English module alongside their studies. At Undergraduate level, Academic English modules are credited.
On our pre-sessional English courses you will:
increase your confidence and ability to communicate effectively in academic English
improve your performance in all four language skills within the context of your studies (reading, writing, listening and speaking)
develop your independence as learners as well as your critical and analytical skills, which are key to succeeding at university in the UK
There are 23 hours of teaching a week on our pre-sessional courses: three hours every morning and two hours every afternoon, except Wednesdays. Overall, you will increase the accuracy and range of your English with a focus on academic language, which you will be able to apply across a range of academic activities.
More specifically, in the mornings, the courses focus on extending your reading and writing skills in academic contexts and in the afternoons, the emphasis is on listening and speaking skills. Morning classes will develop:
effective strategies for reading academic books, journal articles and case studies, and for carrying out your own research (including identifying genre, structure of journal articles, text cohesion, writer’s stance)
your essay and report writing skills through ongoing practice (including summarising and paraphrasing, avoiding plagiarism, use of citations)
In the afternoon classes, you will enhance
the listening and note-taking skills necessary to benefit from university lectures (including recognising signposting language, dealing with unknown vocabulary)
your ability and confidence to participate in group discussions and seminars on academic topics (including structuring arguments)
your presentation skills, including your pronunciation and intonation (including poster presentations)
In addition, you will have access to the University’s extensive facilities, including libraries, computers and the fitness suites. You will also be introduced to central London in order to help you settle in your new environment.
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