SACLL News and Events

18/06/19 Summer Opening Times

SACLL will close on Tuesday, 18th June 2017 and re-open on Wednesday, 26th June at 12:30. 
Until 5th September we will be following new summer opening hours:











06/05/SACLL Support Sessions

We now offer a range of support sessions to students. To enquire about the times and availability of any of the sessions, please email us, call us or speak to a staff member.






14/12/18 Winter Break Closure

SACLL closes on Friday 14th December (at 4:00 PM) and re-opens on Thursday 10th January (at 9:00).

Have a nice break!

09/06/17 Summer Opening Times

The summer term has come to an end! Well done everyone! SACLL will close on Tuesday, 13th June 2017 at 6 pm, and re-open on Tuesday, 20nd June at 12:30. 
From Tuesday 20th June to Friday 1st September we will be following new summer opening hours:











14/10/16 Autumn term update

The summer is gone now, and SACLL is up and running at full speed again - we are now back to our regular opening hours with extended Monday hours (see the home page for details).

SACLL Conversation Club has commenced its meetings (12:00 - 1:00 on Tuesday and Thursday), so make sure you sign up for a session if you feel like having taking part in their debates. In addition, for those interested in improving their reading skills, we have also started a Reading Club (1:00 - 2:00, Thursday).

Our staff have been busy cataloguing new materials, so come and borrow from a selection of books and DVDs in English, German, Spanish and many, many other languages!

SACLL Road to IELTSWe are also pleased to let you know that we have renewed the subscription for the extremely popular on-line resource Road to IELTS. Road to IELTS is a comprehensive, up-to-date preparation and practice resource for IELTS with over 100 hours of interactive activities, advice videos from British Council experts, hints and tips on question types. What is important, in SACLL you can access it for free! You can find out more about the resource by watching this video:

For those of you trying to improve their English and stay informed, we have renewed the subscription of the Guardian, I Concise and the Financial shakespeareTimes.

Finally, SACLL Quiz on Shakespeare is still running - make sure you take part and give yourself a chance to win valuable book tokens! Ask SACLL staff for details.

Have a great term and see you in SACLL!

05/02/16 New volunteering opportunities

Please find attached the newsletter detailing all volunteering opportunities we have on offer.

If you have any questions, please email jan 2


20/01/16 Film recommendation of the month

This month IWLP's Pilar Gray-Carlos recommends the Motorcycle Chronicles: DVDs available in SACLL NOW!













01/12/15 New volunteering opportunities with Volunteering at Reading

volunteering december 2015

24/11/15 SACLL closed this Friday

This Friday (27th November) SACLL will be closed for an all-day workshop.

It will re-open on Monday (30th November) as normal.

03/11/15 Red Award

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03/11/15 Volunteering opportunity: Talk for Ages


Come and meet some of our elderly residents in Reading!
















27/10/15 IWLP Language Enhancement Surgery

During the upcoming Enhancement Week we will be hosting Language Skills Enhancement Surgery organised by colleagues from IWLP. See the poster below for details, pop in and get better (at a foreign language)! :)
language clinics 2015

26/10/15 Volunteering at Reading

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23/10/15 New Journals

SACLL now receives the following journaReview Journals coversls, all of which are available as overnight loans:


Chemistry Review

Biological Sciences Review

Business Review

Psychology Review

Sociology Review

Law Review




The journals allow you to catch up on the latest developments in your field, improve your English and develop independent study skills, all while reading fascinating and focused articles. Each journal has 4 issues, published in September, November, February and April.

20/10/15 New books are now available in SACLL!


book covers October 2015

The Study Skills Handbook
by Stella Cottrell

This book will help you make learning easier, faster and more enjoyable. It will allow you to unlock your potential and develop the skills you need to improve your grades, build your confidence and plan for the future you want. The Study Skills Handbook is your passport to success. Useful chapters include information on critical thinking, time management, developing academic writing, and many more.

Improve Your Grammar
by Mark Harrison, Vanessa Jakeman, Ken Paterson

An accessible study and practice book, covering in detail all the areas where grammatical mistakes are typically made. Each unit explains the key grammar in a clear and lively way, and checks understanding with easy-to-use practice exercises that build the user's confidence.

50 Steps to Improving Your Academic Writing
by Chris Sowton

This comprehensive guide gives you everything you need to write well-constructed academic essays. It has been developed to mirror best practice in academic essay writing: researching, planning, writing and then proofreading an essay. You can either work through the book in chronological order, or to dip in and out depending on your needs. The book contains a detailed answer key, a full glossary of terms, plus comprehensive reference material that provides study templates and useful hyperlinks, as well as additional examples and information about academic writing.

Presenting: Deliver presentations with confidence
by Graham Burton

The book gives you the skills you need to plan, prepare and deliver successful presentations. It contains clear information and practice exercises, with chapters on seminars, tutorials and poster presentations. It is accompanied by an Audio CD with model language and effective presentation techniques. Suitable for students whose level of English is Upper Intermediate / CEF level B2 / IELTS 5.5 and higher.


20/10/15 Volunteering opportunity this Wednesday - Talk for Ages

Come and meet some of our elderly residents in Reading! There is a volunteering opportunity this Wednesday 21st October, 1.30 - 3.30.

Meet in the Students Union (at the 'Student Activities' Corner - around the corner from Seoul Plaza) at 1.30 prompt. A Students' Union Rep will meet you and walk with you to Lakeside Residents Home where you will spend some time chatting, drinking tea and sharing stories with Reading's older population. For more information, ask your Listening and Speaking teachers or talk to Jan in SACLL.

16/10/15 New SACLL Staff Members

The SACLL team of facilitators welcomes Anas, Courtney and Enrica, who join Jan and Winai.
They are all here for you, so do not hesitate to ask them for help!

01/10/15 Autumn Term Opening Hours

After a busy summer, we are now back to our regular opening hours:












10/06/15 SACLL Summer Opening Hours

SACLL will close on Friday 12th June 2015 at 5 pm, and re-open on Monday the 22nd June at 12:30. This summer, our opening times will be as follows:











06/06/15 New Language Resources

Two new on-line language study resources are now available in SACLL to be acessed by all University of Reading students and staff:


Road to IELTS - a comprehensive, up-to-date online preparation and practice resource for IELTS
with over 100 hours of interactive activities, advice videos from British Council experts, hints and tips on question types. You can find out more about it by watching this video:


Study Skills Success - a self access resource which provides comprehensive coverage of skills and resources that will enable Students to approach their academic studies effectively and with confidence.
You can find out more about it by visiting this website:

Other web-based resources available in SACLL include English for Academic Purposes Toolkit and English Grammar in Use On-line.

21/05/15 Newspaper subscriptions

The following newspapers now arrive in SACLL every week: 

 Monday  The Guardian
 Tuesday  The Independent

I Concise

The Financial Times

 Thursday  The Reading Chronicle
 Friday  The Financial Times

Copies of The Chemistry Review - a magazine with interesting science-related articles accessible to general readers - are also available.

 SACLL newspapers


18/05/15 New materials

New IELTS materials, pronunciation materials and readers (with audio) are now available in SACLL. Here is the full list of new items:
- Cambridge IELTS 10 with answers
- New Insight into IELTS Student's Book with answers
- IELTS Target 7.0 Course Book
- Ship or Sheep An intermediate pronunciation course
- Frozen Pizza and other slices of life
- Windows of the Mind
- the Fruitcake Special and other stories

new materials

Things to do now

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+44 (0) 118 3785422


Location: Room 230

Edith Morley Building

Whiteknights Campus

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