Why Brunel Language Centre?
Brunel Language Centre was founded in 2005 and has been delivering high-quality language teaching ever since. Through our Pre-sessional English courses (online and on campus), we provide academic English support to students for their academic studies.
Students not wishing to pursue a degree can study English on our English@Brunel courses (online and on campus), which provide in-depth training in both everyday English and English for Professional or Academic Purposes.
For beginners, we offer part-time online English courses, and we also offer part-time online English for Professionals. We have alumni across the world and have welcomed students from a wide variety of countries and backgrounds.
Our classes are limited to a maximum of 12 participants. They are informative, fun and fully interactive face-to-face online. Our lessons are for a minimum of 19 hours a week so you will be able to interact with your tutors and fellow students. We are proud to say that the average pass rate is 96% to 100%.
Once you enrol on our courses you will receive a digital course book. If you take the whole course online, you will be able to do your test online at the end of the course so you can progress to your degree programme. We also offer one-one tutorials and expert immigration and visa advice both before and during your studies.
Location & Facilities
Brunel Language Centre is part of Brunel University and our students have access to the university campus and its state-of-the-art facilities. These include 24-hour access to the library with communal area and help desk plus 24-hour computer labs.
You are never far away from a warm drink or a place to sit and catch-up with friends, and there are plenty of eateries to choose from when you get hungry.
Our sports facilities are open to all students for pay as you go activities. Our state-of-the-art facilities include a gym, running track, football pitches, basketball court, badminton, climbing wall and much more.
If you are interested in the Arts you can get involved in lots of courses and activities including drama, music, dance, recitals and concerts.
Our Meeting House is open to all for religious and non-religious events and quiet reflection.
Quality & Accreditation
We pride ourselves in the quality service that we provide to our students both in teaching and administration. Brunel Language Centre is accredited by the British Council and has enjoyed 'Centre of Excellence' status* since 2012.
As reported in our 2016 British Council inspection:
"Strengths were noted in the areas of student administration, quality assurance, premises and facilities, learning resources, academic staff profile, course design, learner management, teaching, care of students, and leisure opportunities."
Read the full report here.
*English Language Gazette, based on the high number of strengths recognised by the British Council
Learning at Brunel Language Centre goes beyond tests and hard work. We appreciate the value that activities outside the classroom can bring. Both within the Language Centre and the University as a whole, we encourage our students to get involved with events and activities not directly related to their studies.
On campus, every week we hold at least one social event and one sports event. Each month we run two day trips off campus, heading to places like Windsor Castle and the beaches of Brighton.
Online, every week we hold at least one social event. Examples of online events are: quizzes, singalongs, guest speakers, such as stars from the musicals, virtual visits, such as Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and great fun interactive online parties.
Sometimes we collaborate with our colleagues in Brunel Pathway College or the main University and hold joint events, giving you the chance to meet new people.
You can keep up with our events by liking our page on Facebook
Meet Our Staff
Oliver Tooth - Head of Pre-sessional Programmes
Oliver graduated from Birmingham University in 2001 with a B.A. Degree in History, and has been teaching English as a second language since 2003 when he completed his first Cambridge teaching qualification. He completed his Cambridge DELTA through University College London (UCL) in 2010, and is currently taking an M.A in English Language Teaching and Educational Technology by distance learning with the University of Manchester. Oliver has been teaching at Brunel University London since 2012.
Oliver says “It’s a fantastic experience to be a part of the English programmes at Brunel and have the opportunity to work with the international students here. I am particularly interested in academic theory relating to educational technology and its practical applications in the classroom. It’s really motivating as a teacher to see students come here and make such great progress towards their goals.”
David Jones - Programme Leader
David has a Business Studies degree as well as certificate, diploma and Master’s degree level qualifications in Teaching English as a Foreign Language. He has been working on English as a foreign language programmes for over 25 years. Past employers include the British Council, NCUK, and The University of Reading. Since 2001, David has worked on English for Academic Purposes programmes that prepare students for study at universities in England.
Besides being an EFL teacher, David has held management positions (Branch Manager, Academic Director, and Centre Principal),and taught Business Studies on university foundation programmes. Areas of particular interest are course design, assessment, and ways of displaying critical thinking in academic writing.
David says, “ One of the most enjoyable parts of my job is seeing students make the most of their time at Brunel so that they achieve their academic , professional, and social goals.”
Alison Cheetham - English for Academic Purposes Tutor
Alison graduated from Warwick University with a B.A. (Hons) Degree in Drama and English (with Qualified Teacher Status) in 1989. She taught EFL and ESP for six years in Greece from 1990 to 1996, returning to the UK in 1995 to complete the RSA/Cambridge CTEFLA English Language teaching qualification at Hull University. After moving back to the UK, Alison worked in the fields of EAP, EFL, ESOL and business skills training for seven and a half years before joining Brunel University in 2004 as an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) tutor. She obtained her Cambridge DELTA English Language teaching qualification in 2010.
Alison says "Teaching at Brunel for more than eleven and a half years has enabled me to work with a wide range of students. My particular focus has been centred on the delivery of in-sessional Academic Writing courses, which are directed towards the assignment writing requirements of specific postgraduate courses. I believe that by familiarising myself with students' writing requirements and tailoring lesson activities around them, I can ensure learners receive the necessary guidance and skills support to respond to their assignments effectively."
Andrew Harrison - English for Academic Purposes Tutor
Andrew graduated from University College London (UCL) with a B.A. Degree in Russian Studies in 2006. He subsequently completed his initial teaching training and taught at a number of institutions in Saudi Arabia, including King Saud University (KSU) and the Institute of Public Administration (IPA). After returning to the UK, he completed his Cambridge DELTA English Language teaching qualification and he has been teaching English for Academic Purposes (EAP) at Brunel University since 2013.
Andrew says “Having studied a foreign language abroad as part of my degree, I understand the challenges that students face and I take great satisfaction in seeing the progress they make on our courses. One of my main areas of interest is integrating technology into language learning as I believe this can be used to enable independent study and develop critical thinking skills, which are very important for success.”
Mandy Josebury - English for Academic Purposes Tutor
Mandy graduated from Middlesex University with a B.A. Degree in Humanities (English Literature and Art History) in 1983 and completed her Teaching English as a Foreign Language Diploma while working in Japan in 1993. After returning to the UK, she graduated from the Institute of Education, University of London in 1996 with an M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Mandy started teaching English to speakers of other languages in 1986 and has worked in many countries including Sudan, Spain and Thailand. She started teaching English for Academic Purposes (EAP) while in Japan, and then in the UK at Royal Holloway, University of London, and at Brunel since 2007. She also has a background in Marketing and passed the CIM (Chartered Institute of Marketing) Professional Diploma in Marketing in 2004.
Mandy says " I enjoy working with students to help them find their strengths in language learning and develop the skills they need to succeed. I am particularly interested in academic listening and speaking skills, helping students to develop their own strategies to cope and do well in seminars and presentations. Working with students to develop their academic strategies, such as effective note-taking, and linguistic tools, such as pronunciation, I believe can provide them with greater confidence as well as language skills to do well in their academic work."
Christine Carr - English for Academic Purposes Tutor
Christine graduated from St. Andrew’s University in 1981 with an MA in English Literature and Language. After several jobs in training and management, she retrained as an English teacher in 2004 after living abroad and having to learn a new language as a complete beginner. This challenging experience convinced her of the importance of good language teaching. Christine taught for nine years in a college where she specialised in academic writing and formal presentations, and has taught EAP at Brunel since 2013. She completed her DELTA qualification in 2015.
Christine is particularly interested in developing confidence in students, and encouraging them to improve their skills through analysing and understanding mistakes. She also enjoys finding creative ways to aid understanding and to facilitate learners.
"I am very lucky and happy to get the official results so quickly. Thank you for so much help provided by the language class. After the language class, I really feel my improvement. This is a wonderful experience, I will always remember these times."