Pre-sessional: how we teach you
The Pre-sessional learning experience offers:
- A full-time and intensive programme, during which active participation is encouraged
from all students.
- Class sizes of 12-15 students organised according to level, maximising group interaction and tutor feedback.
- An integrated approach to language and skills teaching, reflecting real-life academic tasks, so you learn through activities such
as essay writing, and listening to lectures.
- The development of learning strategies and problem-solving skills to help you achieve the independence expected of students in UK universities.
- The opportunity to research and write an extended essay in your particular subject area.
- Individualised support to students to help them settle into life in Reading, give useful advice on independent study, and help with applications for degree programmes.
- Extra support classes, which include:
- developing control of grammar and vocabulary
- improving spelling - gaining confidence and fluency in speaking.
Our resources include:
- Classrooms equipped with interactive whiteboards and student PCs, offering a motivating learning environment.
- The Self-Access Centre for Language Learning (SACLL), a dedicated language library and learning centre with 30 networked PCs, Wi-Fi connection, language learning software, books, DVDs and dictionaries to encourage independent learning.
- The Self-Access Centre for Language Learning (SACLL) website, incorporating language support, tasks and lecture recordings, providing extra language and skills practice.
- Published course books developed in-house by our experienced, well-qualified academic staff.
- Continuous assessment tasks are given at regular intervals, so that progress can be monitored, and extra support given where needed.
- The TEEP (an integrated skills exam) is taken at the end of the course by students with conditional offers.
- Both continuous assessment and TEEP grades contribute towards pre-sessional report grades to give an accurate reflection of student level assessed over the whole period of study.
- It is not necessary to take an external test (e.g. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Test of English as Foreign language (TOEFL).
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Pre-sessional English Programme