Learning English unlocks opportunities for academic success

Welcome to the Academic English Support service

You may encounter various academic challenges when learning at university, especially if English is not your first language.

Our team is here to help you improve your academic English skills and achieve your goals.

We offer support in various areas, including:

  • Writing Skills: We can provide you with advice on understanding assignments, help directing research, using formal language, the correct use of grammar and vocabulary, formatting, and checking for errors.

  • Reading Skills: Our training will help you learn specific strategies to help you locate and comprehend information faster whilst improving your reading skills.

  • Presentation Skills: Our guidance includes structuring a presentation, clarity, concision, emphasis, visual aids, pacing, delivery, and handling questions and discussions.

  • Communication Skills: We can help you with speaking, listening, engaging in discussions, written communications, cultural understanding, asking questions, dealing with misunderstandings, and using appropriate tone and language.

Our goal is to equip you with the necessary skills and knowledge to succeed in your academic and professional careers by providing support and guidance that helps you overcome language barriers.

Book an Appointment

Free English Classes Feb-May 2024 at Canterbury Christ Church University

Our classes are taught by students who are studying for their Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) qualification and their MA in Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages (TESOL). These classes provide students with the opportunity to enhance their teaching skills while offering high-quality English language classes free of charge to the local community.

Classes will run from Monday 5 February to Friday 17 May, 3 - 5pm. See timetable for exact dates and rooms.

The classes offered are to improve your English and are suitable for both low and high levels of English. Please note: you will need to be a minimum of elementary level to attend. There is no requirement to attend every lesson, just as many as you are able to. Unfortunately, these sessions will not be suitable for complete beginners.

(Elementary: Can identify the alphabet and many simple words, and can read basic texts demonstrating a general understanding. Can understand common, everyday expressions and exchanges. Can understand simple information in small language chunks. Can write simple sentences. Can use familiar expressions and very basic phrases. Can ask questions and interact in a simple way. Can describe in simple terms.)

If you are 18 years or over and would like to improve your English, please complete this form to register.

You will need to bring your passport/UK residency ID card with you to your first lesson, and show the teacher.

As these are free volunteer classes, you will not receive a certificate.


Contact us at academic.english@canterbury.ac.uk to schedule an appointment and start improving your academic English skills.