Language Learning Advice


Quiet study area

Academic language specialists are available during term-time for one-to-one consultations. They can advise on materials and techniques for independent language learning and help you to plan your studies and structure your use of the centre. Advisors are available in French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese and Chinese.

Please ask at the reception desk to book an appointment. The Language Resource Centre staff is also available to advise about general use of the centre’s facilities and resources.

Public members of the Language Resource Centre may also ask for advice in English language learning by directly contacting the reception staff.

One-to-One English Language Advisory Session

One-to-one sessions give you an opportunity to deal with your own individual language problems or issues with a qualified academic advisor.

There are two services within the University that provide opportunities for one-to-one sessions to help you with your academic English.  This table shows which of these services you should go to for help.  For further details on the one-to-one support provided by each service, please visit the appropriate website.

In-Sessional English Programme - http://www.ncl.ac.uk/students/insessional/
Writing Development Centre - http://www.ncl.ac.uk/students/wdc/

One-to-one Sessions

In-Sessional English Programme
[Sessions in the LRC]

Writing Development Centre
[Sessions in the Robinson Library]

NU students whose first language is not English

Writing Level

(Note 1)

1
(59
or less)

2
(60-69)

3
(70+)

Listening Level

(Note 1)

1
(59
or less)

2
(60-69)

3
(70+)

(Note 2)

Exempted Students (Note 3)

Students who have completed 1 year of In-Sessional writing classes


NU students whose first language
is English

Note 1: Your writing and listening levels are taken from the results of the UELA. If you attended an INTO English programme e.g. Pre-Sessional; Foundation; Diploma; Graduate Diploma or Academic English, please use your scores from your final assessment or look at your levels posted on the wall.

Note 2: Listening, Speaking and Pronunciation queries only.

Note 3: Students who have been exempted from the University English Language Assessment (UELA).