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What you'll learn – University of Reading

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    As a student on our PSE programme you'll have a personal tutor to help you settle in and support your studies

What you'll learn

As well as developing your academic English skills, our Pre-sessional English (PSE) programme will help you prepare for study at a UK university.

Academic English skills

You will develop your skills in:

  • writing – for academic essays and exams
  • reading – particularly academic books and journal articles
  • speaking – so you can take part in group work, discussions, seminars and presentations
  • listening – to help you get the most from lectures and discussions.

You will practise these skills together during interactive classroom activities, just as you would in real life.

Study skills

To improve your confidence ready for your degree course, you will learn:

  • note taking
  • critical-thinking skills
  • e-learning skills
  • research skills.

Programme progression

The focus of the programme changes as your skills improve:

If you are starting with a lower level of English – you focus on language development, improving your grammar, vocabulary, spelling, pronunciation and language skills.

As you develop – you spend more time improving your academic study skills, such as supporting your ideas in academic writing with references to other sources.

Learning materials

Our academic staff have written most of the learning materials that are used on the programme, so they closely match your needs and our approach to teaching and learning.

These high-quality materials have been published by Garnet Education and are used by many universities worldwide.

Apply now

Find out how you can apply for the Pre-sessional English programme at Reading.

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