English Language Skills / English Language Extra

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Improve your English grammar, vocabulary, reading and writing skills. Our language course can help boost your confidence whether you're using English socially, at work, or for study.

Full description

Course content

Our English Language Skills course is part-time. You'll study for three hours per week over four, eight or twelve weeks.

You can take this as a standalone course or combine it with our IELTS Preparation course.

The course will help you develop more effective English for work, study, and social use. If you're combining it with IELTS preparation, it will focus first on general English skills, before moving on to targeted work on exam strategies.

Course content includes:

  • improving your accuracy and range of grammar
  • developing vocabulary and word use
  • writing better
  • speaking with confidence
  • improving clarity and confidence with pronunciation
  • developing your reading and listening skills.

During the course, you'll develop your English skills using real-life language.

Our tutors will give you feedback, and set additional work for you to complete outside the lessons. You'll have access to our online learning materials, University library and computer suites.

This course is a good option if you wish to improve your English skills for proficiency exams such as the Cambridge First or Advanced Certificate.

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Course dates and fees

Start date End date Number of weeks Course fee
17 October 2019
7 November 2019
4 weeks £260
14 November 2019 5 December 2019 4 weeks £260
16 January 2020 06 February 2020 4 weeks £260
13 February 2020 05 March 2020 4 weeks £260
12 March 2020 02 April 2020 4 weeks  £260
09 April 2020 30 April 2020 4 weeks £260
07 May 2020 28 May 2020 4 weeks £260
04 June 2020 25 June 2020 4 weeks £260
02 July 2020 23 July 2020 4 weeks £260
30 July 2020 20 August 2020 4 weeks £260

The course fee includes some course materials, but not any text books. We'll send you a list of suitable text books before you start your course.

English Language Extra programmes cost £520 for the 2019-20 academic year. They can start on any of the above start dates, and include any three courses of English Language Skills or IELTS Preparation.


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4 weeks


Where you will study

Your department and faculty

Our Language Centre is here to support your academic success.

We offer a wide range of English courses, including academic and general English, summer programmes and bespoke courses, as well as in-sessional English language support. There's also the chance to learn an additional language with our Anglia Language Programme – open to all ARU students and staff.

You'll find a friendly, supportive teaching environment here with highly experienced and qualified teaching staff who are dedicated to helping you pursue your ambitions.

Where can I study?

Lord Ashcroft Building on our Cambridge campus

Our campus is close to the centre of Cambridge, often described as the perfect student city.

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How to apply

To apply, please complete the application form and return it to lsu_shortcourses@aru.ac.uk.

We will then send you an offer letter by email. Please return the acceptance slip in the offer letter and pay for the English Language Skills course in full.

Before the start of your course, we'll also send you your course timetable, plus instructions on registering.

Entry requirements

You should be aged 18 or over at the start of this course.

The English Language Skills course is suitable for anyone with a lower-intermediate level of English or above (IELTS 3.5 – IELTS 7.0).

If you are unsure of your English level please contact us. We can organise an entry test before your first class.

If you would like to take English Language Skills as a standalone course, we recommend that you take eight or 12 weeks if you have IELTS 3.5-4.0 to achieve the best outcome.

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