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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.

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 for your students, please see our Academic Language and Literacy Liaison page for details on who to contact. 

Read a summary of our activity:

Henley Business School

For master's students, non-credit modules in Academic Writing for Business Management (ILMABMN), Academic Writing for Business Management and Accounting (ILMAACN) and Academic Writing for Accounting and Finance (ILMACFN) are offered. MSc Accounting and Finance students are supported in the Spring term with 3 AEP workshops on 'Pathways to Assessment Success'. Oral communication skills workshops are delivered to MSc Entrepreneurship students. Non-credit bearing modules are also offered to ICMA master's students (ILMAEFN: Academic English for Finance) and students of digital business (ILMADBN: Academic Writing for Digital Business).

For first-year undergraduate Accounting, Finance and Business Management students, AEP provides the non-credit two-term modules Academic Skills and Language for Business and Management (IL1ABMN), Academic Skills and Language for Finance (IL1AFNN) and Academic Skills and Language for Accounting (IL1AACN).

Art, Communication and Design

IL1ACDN English for Arts and Communication Design is a non-credit, two-term module designed specifically for first-year undergraduate students in the School of Arts and Communication Design. The module aims in particular to support students who have entered their degree programmes with IELTS or equivalent below 7.0.

Institute of Education

For master's students, two terms of Academic Writing input are provided by AEP via the EDM192 The Student Enrichment Programme module. A non-credit module, Academic Skills and Language for Education (IL1ASLEN) is provided for students on BA Education Studies. For BA Childhood Development & Learning, AEP provides a series of workshops focusing on extended writing. A bespoke workshop and support materials are also provided for PGCE students.


AEP non-credit modules focusing on key writing skills and genres for Law are offered to undergraduate students from part 1 to part 3, Academic Skills and Language for Law (IL1ALWN; IL2ALWN; IL3ALWN). A one-term Autumn- or Spring-start module is also offered to Master's students (Academic Writing for LL.M (ILMAWL1/2N). This is also non-credit bearing.

Literature and Languages

For students on MA Applied Linguistics and MA TESOL, AEP provides an Autumn term non-credit module Academic Writing for Applied Linguistics and TESOL (ILMATLN). The module focuses on key writing skills and language required for PGT assignments. In Spring term, two non-credit modules are offered for PGT DELAL cohorts with students following the most relevant for their studies: Dissertation Writing for Applied Linguistics and TESOL (ILMATDN) and Academic Writing for TESOL Portfolio (ILMATPN).

Politics, Economics & International Relations

For undergraduate students in Economics, Politics and International Relations, non-credit modules Academic Skills and Language for Politics and International Relations (IL1APRN and IL1AECN), and a non-credit part 3 module, Advanced Oracy Skills for Politics and International Relations (IL3APIRN) are provided.

For TNE NUIST 3+1 Economics students, AEP provides a non-credit part 3 module, Academic Writing for Economics (IL3AECEN). For PGT students studying Data and Decision Analysis in Nanjing AEP provides two non-credit modules, Academic Writing for Economics - Postgraduate (ILMAECEN) and Dissertation Writing for Economics - Postgraduate (ILMAECDN).

For postgraduate students, AEP offers the module ILMAPIRN Academic Skills and Language for Politics, Economics and International Relations (Postgraduate).

Agriculture, Policy and Development

The Academic English Programme offers a two-term strand on IDM089, the Personal and Professional Development Programme for International Students. This raises awareness of how to write critically while studying. It incorporates both blended online and face-to-face input.

Chemistry, Food & Pharmacy

AEP offers a two-term credit-bearing Part 2 English for Science module (FB2CAL) for 2+2 transnational Food Science students. For Part 1 and master's Food Science students, non-credit modules are offered in Autumn term: UG Academic Skills and Language for Food Science (IL1AFSN) and PG Academic Skills and Language for Food Science (ILMAFSN).

A one-term credit-bearing module, English Language for Chemists (IF3NUC formerly CH3ENG), is provided for Part 3 NUIST 3+1 TNE students. Further non-credit support is provided in the Spring term focusing on dissertation and exam writing.

For part 1 MPharm students, writing and oral communication support is provided in the spring term through the non-credit module IL1APHM English for Pharmacy.

Psychology & Clinical Language Science

Non-credit AEP modules are delivered at PGT level, Academic Writing for Psychology (ILMAPSYN), and undergraduate level, Writing for Undergraduate Psychology (IL1APSYN), focusing on Psychology genres including Essays, Critical Reviews, Reflections, Reports and Dissertations.

Built Environment

The non-credit module, Academic Writing for Construction Management and Engineering (ILMACMN) provides input on language and skills for Reflective Writing (term 1) and Dissertation Writing (term 3); A Research Writing workshop is delivered by AEP on the master's Research Skills module, CEM10A.

Archaeology, Geography & Environmental Science

Academic writing support for international students is integrated into the Skills for Independent Learning (GVMSIL) module provided for master's Environmental Science students. In a similar way, Academic Grammar for Writing support for TNE NUIST 3+1 Environmental Engineering students is delivered by AEP staff as part of their Research Skills and Project Management (GV3PS) module.

Mathematical, Physical & Computational Science

The non-credit module Academic English for Meteorologists (ILMAMTN) provides input on dissertation writing and oral communication.

Doctoral and Researcher College

As part of the Doctoral and Researcher College's Reading Researcher Development Programme (RRDP), AEP offers five 'The Language of Research' talks, and a 1-day Thesis Writing workshop. Three thesis-writing courses are also to international/EU doctoral students - for more details, please visit the Doctoral and Researcher College website.


Academic Language Webinars

One-hour webinars designed to help you with the language needed in a range of academic communication contexts. Attendance can count towards the Training and Development component of your RED Award.


Consultations for writing and presentations

 Meet with our experienced academic language tutors, on a one-to-one basis, for individual advice and feedback on your academic writing or speaking,


Spoken language courses

Live spoken language courses to help you develop your confidence, fluency and accuracy when speaking.