English Language Skills / English Language Extra

English course english language courses (1 day per week, From 4 weeks)


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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, with one class per week. You'll study for three hours per week and can study for four weeks or longer. Learning is project-based, so you will not repeat material over longer courses.

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
27 April 2022 18 May 2022 4 weeks £280
25 May 2022 15 June 2022 4 weeks £280
22 June 2022 13 July 2022 4 weeks £280
20 July 2022 10 August 2022 4 weeks £280
17 August 2022  07 September 2022  4 weeks £280

Classes take place on Wednesday evenings from 6pm - 9pm.

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 £560 for the 2021-22 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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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 language@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 email language@aru.ac.uk. 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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