The programmes are between 10 and 20 weeks in length, depending on the level of your English when you apply.
They are designed to help you bridge the gap between your current English language score and the normal minimum entry requirement of your degree programme. They are also intended to develop your study skills and help you get used to studying at Lancaster, which should help you to be more successful in your academic programme.
The programmes help you to:
- Develop the language skills you need for academic study
- Prepare you for studying and living in the Lancaster area
The main emphasis is on academic reading and writing skills, as these are very important for your later study. Speaking and listening skills are also covered, together with integrated work on language use in an academic context. We also provide tutorials (one-to-one discussions) to help you individually with your study needs, especially in relation to academic writing.
The programmes typically include the following components
- Academic Reading: Reading for intensive study, adopting various strategies for different reading purposes, critically evaluating key texts, adopting effective reading skills such as skimming and scanning texts
- Academic Writing: Organising essays and reports, using appropriate writing styles, paraphrasing or summarising from the original in support of points made, referencing skills and avoiding plagiarism
- Listening Comprehension: Following academic lectures and seminars and making useful notes
- Speaking Skills: Taking part in group discussions, asking and responding to questions, giving and justifying opinions, making presentations and learning from feedback
- Language Development: This is an integral part of all our course components. The focus is on how language is used to express specific meanings in different academic contexts, especially in written assignments.
The programmes are full-time, with periods set aside for self-directed study.