English Language Support

Improve your English language for free whilst you pursue your course at Ulster University.

Credits10 credits per module
Duration10 weeks per module
WhenSemesters One and Two

Why In-sessional?

The university offers a wide range of credit bearing modules for CPPD, embracing many different subjects. The Centre for English Language Teaching (CELT) modules are free and available during Semesters 1 and 2. Individual academic consultations are also available to students.

Each module offers 10 CPPD credit points and takes one semester to complete. CPPD credits do not count towards an Ulster University degree. Students do not have to complete the Certificate to be awarded credits separately. Modules are recorded on their Ulster University transcripts. They have been specially designed to support international students whose first language is not English.

Quality Teaching

CELT maintains teaching standards of the highest calibre while also genuinely caring about students and their learning. Class sizes are small.

In-sessional Modules

All modules are 10 weeks long and involve 2 hours of classes per week. Classes are held during the daytime and are scheduled at various times so that students can fit them around the rest of their timetables.

  • Academic Writing Skills

    Develops students’ writing skills through a progressive approach to constructing academic texts. This ranges from the foundations of writing, through to reading and note-taking, essay planning, organisation, re-writing and proof reading own texts.

  • Accuracy in Writing

    Helps students fix problems areas in grammar. A communicate approach is taken, involving students in their own revision and language development, with particular application to academic writing.

  • Cultural Awareness

    Will be of interest to students who want to gain a greater understanding of culture in Ulster and how it relates to their own experiences. A brief introduction to recent Irish history and the two main traditions of Northern Ireland helps understanding of culture-specific issues in their studies and daily lives. This course also aims at fostering greater individual cultural fluency and intercultural skills, through both theory and cross-cultural interaction and collaboration

  • Introduction to Vocabulary Development

    Aims to help individuals expand their vocabulary and to equip them with the knowledge and skills for further vocabulary development. Another important aim is to foster personal confidence and motivation, thereby helping to remove any social, professional, academic or personal barriers caused by a lack of vocabulary development.

  • Presentation Skills

    Will improve students’ presentation skills in English. During the module, students have the opportunity to deliver a presentation and receive feedback from both their group and lecturer.

  • English for Everyday Life

    Designed to help students understand spoken language in everyday social and academic situations. Students will gain valuable insight into the conventions of spoken English and discover the meaning of many widely used everyday expressions, including idiomatic language and intonation. Students will also develop strategies for improving listening skills and overcoming pronunciation problems.

  • Extended Writing and Research Skills

    Will help students to develop the confidence and competence to become autonomous learners in order to conduct research and complete extended writing tasks. It is designed to be accessible for students at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Areas covered include research, finding information effectively, developing your work, using evidence to support your ideas and incorporating data and illustrations.

  • The Academic Word List

    Encourages students to familiarise themselves with word families from 5 different academic sub-lists and to learn not only what they mean, but how to use them accurately and confidently in context.