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About the Self-Access Centre for Language Learning (SACLL)

The Self-Access Centre for Language Learning is a facility that caters for both home and international students as well as the wider University community, facilitating, supporting and providing materials for language learning and EAP (English for Academic Purposes). It is located on the 2nd floor of the Edith Morley building in room 230.

The centre includes a wide range of materials for students learning English and foreign languages, including books, magazines, DVDs and other media; most of these materials can be borrowed. More resources for language learning can be found in the University of Reading library; visit their page for a guide to resources available.

SACLL has 30 fully-networked PCs available for the students to use, some with useful online language materials (e.g. the Road to IELTS) and a printer located within the centre. The centre can be used by individual students as well as (upon request) classes and organised groups.

The centre encourages independent learning beyond the classroom, offering a motivating environment in which learners develop and practise their language skills and supports learners in becoming independent in their studies. SACLL staff and mentors advise students on resources and provide a range of different support session during the week, such as:

  • Conversation Clubs (30 minute group sessions on a range of topics of common interest allowing students to develop fluency in English)
  • Reading Clubs (45 minute group sessions allowing students to develop their reading skills in English)
  • Drop-in study advice with SACLL staff

To enquire about the times and availability of any of the sessions, please email us, call us or speak to a staff member.

Opening Hours

The self-access centre opening times are listed below. Please note SACLL sometimes closes for IELTs tests. For details of the dates, contact A member of staff will be available to answer your queries.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday









SACLL Director:
Dr Carrie Zhang

Arife Yilmaz

Alex Hall

SACLL Receptionist:
Laura Staes


See Also

Visit the International Study and Language Institute (ISLI) website for information on EAP courses.

Online resources

Online Resources Available in SACLL:

Road to IELTS

(password available at the desk).

Things to do now

Think of an aspect of writing you need to improve and search SACLL catalogue to find a relevant resource.

Search our catalogue