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How to register for Insessional courses
Insessional courses aim to develop English language skills and knowledge of UK academic
conventions, especially in writing. They are free for Overseas and EU students
To register for an Insessional class, go to http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/CELE/Insessional,
and click on Book a Course.
You should then see this page:
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All CELE Insessional courses are listed under Academic Language & Writing Skills.
You will need to Log In, using your University Username and Password.
Once you have done so, you can select the course(s) that you wish to study, and book the
day/time that you prefer to study them. In some cases you may be on a Waiting List.
Here is a list of the courses we offer this term:
Introduction to Academic Writing
Academic Writing: Planning an Assignment
Academic Writing: Synthesising Sources
Academic Writing: Grammatical Accuracy
Academic Writing: Achieving Clarity
Academic Writing: Science and Engineering
Academic Writing: Sociology & Social Policy
Research Writing
Academic Discussion Skills
Effective Academic Presentations
DABE Studio Presentations
Social Conversation
Improving Pronunciation
Listening: Academic Focus
Listening: Social Focus
Effective Academic Reading
Grammar Review
Academic Vocabulary Skills
Sutton Bonington Language Support
There are further details about each course on the next page of this guide.
You can also e-mail: cele-insessional@nottingham.ac.uk
CENTRE FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE EDUCATION (CELE)
Insessional courses are available to all Overseas and EU students. The courses are free, but
each student is limited to a maximum of 3 courses in Semester1.
The following courses are available:
Writing courses
Introduction to Academic Writing (3 weeks x 1.5 hrs) X1WI3
The basic aspects of academic writing (students who have completed a Presessional course
should not take this course)
Academic Writing: Planning an Assignment (6 weeks* x 1.5 hrs) X1WA6
Planning and organising academic assignments; avoiding plagiarism; maintaining relevance; etc.
(students who have completed a Presessional course should not take this course)
Academic Writing: Synthesising Sources (6 weeks* x 1.5 hrs) X1WB6
Academic style, using other writers’ ideas to building an argument, developing your own `voice`
and a critical approach
Academic Writing: Grammatical Accuracy (6 weeks* x 1.5 hrs) X1WG6
Working on accuracy in grammatical aspects of academic writing
Academic Writing: Achieving Clarity
(6 weeks* x 1.5 hrs) X1WC6
Focussing on conveying complex meaning more precisely (students attending this module should
have a writing level equivalent to or higher than IELTS 6.5)
Academic Writing: Sociology & Social Policy
(6 weeks* x 1.5 hrs) X1WQ6
For students (especially Postgraduate) writing in the area of sociology.
Academic Writing: Science and Engineering (6 weeks* x 1.5 hrs) X1WS6
For students who need to write technical essays and reports.
* Due to the high demand for writing courses, during Term 1, students can only choose
one 6-week writing course (those in this box). If you book more than one, we will
remove your name from the second one. Please also note that these courses start
after the Introduction to Academic Writing courses have finished, so you can do both.
Research Writing (9 weeks x 1.5 hrs) X1WR9
For MPhil, PhD and Masters by Research students only. Planning, organisation and language use
in writing a PhD thesis, progress report or other aspects of MPhil/PhD work
Speaking Courses
Academic Discussion Skills (5 weeks/4 weeks x 1.5 hrs) X1SD5/4
Practice in expressing your ideas in seminar group discussion. Focus on confidence building,
strategies and language
Effective Academic Presentations (5 weeks/4 weeks x 1.5 hrs) X1SS5/4
Strategies, useful language for and practice in delivering a seminar presentation (students who
have completed a Presessional course should not take this course)
DABE Studio Presentations (4 weeks x 2 hrs) X1BE4
Strategies, useful language for and practice in delivering studio presentations and responding to
criticism (only for students in the Department of Architecture and Built Environment)
Social Conversation (9 weeks x 1 hr) X1SC9
Focus on communicating in social and informal situations
Improving Pronunciation (9 weeks x 1 hr) X1SP9
Focus on producing individual sounds and using weak forms and stress appropriately, according
to the needs of the group
Other Courses
Listening: Academic Focus (9 weeks x 1 hr) X1LA9
Strategies for, and help with understanding spoken English in academic situations, such as
lectures and seminars
Listening: Social Focus (9 weeks x 1 hr) X1LB9
Strategies for, and help with understanding spoken English in non-academic situations, and with
listening to non-standard accents
Effective Academic Reading (9 weeks x 1 hr) X1RS9
Reading efficiently, extracting information, note making, engaging critically with academic texts
Grammar Review (9 weeks x 1 hr) X1GA9
Focus on practising key areas of difficulty in grammar, for speaking as well as writing
Academic Vocabulary Skills (9 weeks x 1 hr) X1VA9
Strategies for improving and expanding knowledge of key academic vocabulary
Sutton Bonington Language Support 1 (9 weeks x 1.5 hrs) X1SB9
Focus on addressing the needs (mainly scientific writing) of Sutton Bonington students who may
have difficulty in attending modules in University Park
Further details about all of these courses are available through Central Short Courses from September
29th, 2014: https://training.nottingham.ac.uk/
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