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    The AEP provides academic language and skills training to international and EU students throughout their degree

Discipline-specific (courses & workshops)

The Academic English Programme (AEP) offers workshops, lectures, courses and modules (both credit and non-credit) for your discipline, focusing on the language and communication skills needed to perform effectively on specific degree programmes at Reading.

Our discipline-specific language and literacy experts closely analyse the texts, assignment types and communicative situations you will encounter on your degree. We then design lessons to develop the specialised language, text organisational (or 'genre') knowledge, reading-to-write skills, and communication strategies you will need to engage successfully with them.

We currently provide input for more than thirty different student groups, from first-year undergraduate to postgraduate research level, across the campus.

Here is a summary of our activity:


What we offer

Henley Business School

Academic Writing courses for master's students on Accounting, Business Management, Informatics and ICMA programmes; Academic skills and language courses for first-year undergraduate Accounting, Finance and Business Management students; a lecture on Reflective Writing & Essay Writing for first-year Accounting students

Art, Communication & Design

A credit-bearing English for Art, Communication & Design module for part 1 students.

Institute of Education

Academic Writing courses to both master's and BA Education students; Workshops for BA Childhood Development & Learning and PGCE students; A lecture on Reflective Writing for BA Education students


Academic Writing courses for Part 1 students, for Part 2 & 3 students who have started their degree at international institutions, and for LLM students.

Literature & Languages

Academic Writing (for coursework), Dissertation Writing and Portfolio Writing courses for master's students on TESOL, and Applied Linguistics degrees

Politics, Economics & International Relations

Essay Writing and Dissertation Writing courses for 3+1 NUIST (Nanjing University of Information Science & Technology) Economics students; from 2020/21, a Part 2 Academic Writing course for MGIMO (Moscow) 2+2 Politics and International Relations students; from 2021/22, a Part 3 credit-bearing Advanced Language and Communication module for MGIMO 2+2 Politics and International Relations students.

Agriculture, Policy and Development

An Academic English Programme strand on IDM089: Personal and Professional Development Programme for International Students, including blended online and face-to-face input on Writing Critically.

Chemistry, Food & Pharmacy

A credit-bearing Part 3 English Language for Chemists module for NUIST 3+1 students; A credit-bearing Part 2 English for Science module for 2+2 transnational Food Science students; Academic Skills and Language courses for Part 1 and master's Food Science students; A Dissertation Writing course for part 3 Chemistry students; An academic skills and language course for part 1 MPharm students; from 2020/21, a professional communication course for MSc Clinical Pharmacy Practice students

Psychology & Clinical Language Science

Academic writing workshops for part 1 Psychology students; An Academic Writing course (for both coursework and Dissertation) for master's Psychology students; Skills for Psychology lectures for part 1 students on Psychology written genres (the Lab Report, Critical Review and Essay)

Built Environment

An Academic Writing course on Reflective Writing and Dissertation Writing for Construction Management Engineering (CME)students; A Research Writing workshop on the CME master's Research Skills module.

Archaeology, Geography & Environmental Science

An Academic Writing course for master's Environmental Science students; Academic Grammar for Writing lectures for NUIST 3+1 Environmental Engineering students

Mathematical, Physical & Computational Science

A course on Dissertation Writing and Oral Communication for master's Meteorology students.

The Graduate School

As part of the Graduate School's Reading Researcher Development Programme (RRDP), five 'The Language of Research' talks, three Thesis Writing courses, and a 1-day Thesis Writing workshop

If you are a student at Reading, talk to your Department about what is potentially available to you from the discipline-specific AEP.

If you are a staff member, and would like a new workshop or course, see our Departmental Liaison page for whom to contact.

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