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Support during your University of Bradford studies

The Language Centre offers a range of free classes, workshops, one-to-one tutorials and online support to help you get the most from your studies at the University of Bradford.

Support classes

Free weekly classes let you develop your academic English throughout the whole semester.

One hour classes are offered Monday to Friday during the lunchtime slot (12:00-13:00 or 13:00-14:00) and are repeated in the evening (16:00-17:00).

There is no need to register - just turn up.

Please visit our page on the student portal for information about the times and locations of each class.

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Workshops

Our workshops let you focus on a particular skill - a great way to practise and improve.

They take place on:

  • Wednesday afternoon
  • Thursday afternoon
  • Some Saturday mornings, 9:30 - 12:30

See all available workshops and timetables »

One-to-one appointments

You can book a 30-minute appointment with a teacher to work on any aspect of academic English language. Bring your work and questions with you.

You can also book small group 30 or 60-minute appointments to work on any academic skills with your friends or classmates.

Find out more »

Online resources

Virtual Learning Environment

Need to improve your writing? Want to work on your presentation skills?

The Language Centre's independent study materials stored on our Virtual Learning Environment, Canvas, cover a range of topics related to your academic study. You can work through them at your own pace from anywhere with internet access.

How to access the study materials

  1. Visit the Enrol in Language Centre support classes page
  2. Select Enrol
  3. You will then receive a confirmation email
  4. Go to your Dashboard in the Canvas VLE
  5. Select Language Centre support classes 
  6. Explore the materials until you find the ones you want

English for Academic Studies online course

Are you confused about what Academic English means? Do you feel worried about speaking in seminars, taking notes in lectures or completing written assignments?

The Language Centre is offering a free three-hour online introductory course Preparing for Study: Academic Culture, Language and Assessment.

Although aimed at international students and language-focused, it could be really useful for anyone studying at university.

The course is flexible and you, the student, decide what to study and which tasks to complete:

  1. Understanding academic integrity including citation and plagiarism  (Listening skills)
  2. Academic and technical vocabulary in your discipline (Speaking skills)
  3. Researching for your subject (Reading skills)
  4. Different types of assessments and marking criteria (Writing skills)
  5. End of course quiz & Discussion Board/ Personal journal (Optional)

Support for students with disabilities

The University of Bradford welcomes disabled students and we do everything we can to try to make sure that our courses and our campus are accessible.

Here at the Language Centre we are able to offer study materials in a variety of formats (audio, video and print) to meet accessibility requirements so please let us know what would be helpful for you.

For further details of support the university is able to offer, please visit the Disability website.

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Support for distance learning students

If you are studying off-campus there are lots of resources available for you to help with your English language skills, as well as your academic studies.

Read more about distance learning support »

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The lecture explained the points very clearly and in an interesting way.
Teacher is really nice and patient to help me solve essay problems.
I learnt interesting information about paraphrasing and how to avoid plagiarism.
...it helped to develop and improve our academic English such as writing, paraphrasing and summarising.