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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.

Academic Year 2022-2023 

Term 1 Courses start in the week beginning October 3, and online registration will be available from 4:00 pm on Friday September 16.

Currently all consultations are online (Zoom)

If you are an international student without English as a first language, you can get help with assignments (including presentations), academic papers and job applications via one-to-one consultations. These friendly and supportive 30-minute consultations are held throughout the year, including during the summer vacation.

You’ll be able to discuss:

  • language issues that cause difficulty for the reader
  • academic style
  • organisation
  • using academic sources appropriately (including referencing)
  • being critical
  • clear speech (including pronunciation).

Bookings for a particular week will be available at 4:00 pm on the Friday before that week. For example, slots for the week Monday 5th December to Friday 9th December will appear online at 4:00pm on Friday 2nd December.  

Please note this is not a proof-reading service. It is against University policy for us to correct all language errors.

Your work should be emailed to the consultant one working day in advance so the consultant has enough time to prepare. 

Online booking will be available from Friday September 16, and consultations will be available during the following periods:
  • 20 September 2022 to 16 December 2022
  • 9 January  2023 to  31 March 2023
  • 24 April 2023 to 1 September 2023

You can book up to 1 hour a week during each time period shown above. This is subject to availability.

Make a booking

Click here to book a consultation. Use your standard Brunel username and password to log in, and on the form: 1) use your Brunel University email address 2) give your full name as shown on University email account.    

You will receive a confirmation email, and your consultant will send you the Zoom invite with the Zoom link.

How to make the most of a consultation


  • Book the consultation at least 1 working day before. This is so that the consultant has time to prepare.
  •  When making your booking, upload a copy of your writing or presentation slides and any assignment instructions. 
  •  Do not wait until the day before a deadline. This is too late to make many changes, especially if there are issues with structure and content. In addition, often more than one appointment is needed for an assignment. The first might be for structure, and later ones are more for language issues.
  •  Other ways of maximising the value of your consultation include bringing plans or outlines of what you intend to write.  Feedback provided by an academic is also very useful.

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 12-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. 

 

 

Academic English support for current students