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Academic English

Brunel Language Centre provides free English Language support to all current Brunel University students who have English as a second language. Please see below for the different ways in which we can help you with your studies.

 The Academic English Timetable for 30 September 2019 - 13 December 2019, can be found here.

International students who do not have English as a first language can receive help with assignments (including presentations), academic papers and job applications through One-to-One consultations. These are friendly and supportive 30-minute consultations that are held throughout the year, including the summer vacation.

Face-to-face consultations are better for learning than on-line consultations as communication is easier. But if you are not living on the Uxbridge campus and cannot attend consultations, you can book consultations that will be on Skype – remember to enter your Skype Name when making the booking. You will also need to have access to a computer, not a phone, as you will need to read Word documents during a consultation on Skype.

Consultations will be available during the following periods:

23 September to 13 December 2019

6 January to 27 March 2020

20 April to 4 September 2020

Not a proof-reading service

The purpose of the consultations is not to correct all your language errors - this is against University policy. Instead, your consultant can help you to identify and correct those errors which cause difficulty in understanding and/ or occur frequently.

What happens in a consultation?

Receive help with assignments (including presentations), academic papers and job applications through one-to-one consultations.  Supportive 30-minute consultations are held throughout the year, including the summer vacation.

Consultations will be available during the following periods:

23 September to 13 December 2019

6 January to 8 April 2020

20 April to 4 September 2020

How to make the most of a consultation

- Appointments should be made at least 1 working day in advance.  Otherwise, it is unlikely the consultant will have time to prepare.

- When you book your appointment, upload a copy of your writing and any assignment instructions.  This enables the consultant to prepare for your appointment by reading through your work and identifying areas for development beforehand.

- Upload your work and any instructions through the booking system - not to the consultant's email address.

- As a rule of thumb, a consultant will spend 30 minutes on reading your work for a 30-minute booking.  With longer pieces of writing (over 1000 words), please write - at the time of making a booking - which part/s you want to be covered in the consultation.

- Other ways of maximising the value of your consultation include bringing plans or outlines of what you intend to write.  Instructions and feedback that have been provided by the lecturer res

Book a consultation

CLICK HERE TO BOOK A CONSULTATION (to log in, simply use your standard Brunel username and password - you do not need to add "academic/" at the beginning.)

If you have trouble booking please refer to our our step by step instructions

If you still cannot access the system please email bicbs@brunel.ac.uk.

Please note that Academic Consultations cannot be made over the phone.

Can I cancel a booking?

To cancel a consultation please use the online booking system.

Please note: 

If you cancel at least 24 hours before an appointment then that time will not count as part of your 6-hour allowance for the term.

If you fail to attend 3 appointments without cancelling them beforehand, you will not be able to use the service for the rest of the academic year.