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English language support

The Centre for the Development of Academic Skills (CeDAS) offers a range of Academic English language courses and one-to-one writing tutorials to support you if you need a little extra help with your English language skills during your studies.

Academic English language courses and one-to-one tutorials offer extra English language support in a range of areas. Whether you need advice on academic writing, are confused by an area of grammar or simply need some tips on how to best to take notes during lectures, you should take a look at the various courses available to all non-native speakers of English.  This Academic English language support is provided for non-native speakers of English who are studying on full time degree courses or on exchange schemes at Royal Holloway. The courses and one-to-one consultations are designed to help students meet the challenges of:

  • writing an essay using the appropriate structure and academic style
  • following academic lectures
  • taking part in academic discussions with native speakers
  • giving presentations

In addition, the courses provide practice in these specific areas:

  • grammar for written English
  • pronunciation skills (vowel/consonant sounds, intonation, stress)
  • understanding the news in English and discussing current affairs

Our courses are mostly aimed at those with IELTS scores of below 7. However, many students with higher IELTS scores, who have never studied in the UK before, have found our courses very useful for their studies.

The Contemporary Britain courses, offered with an Arts or Social Sciences specialisation, are designed for non-native speakers of English who are studying at Royal Holloway on an undergraduate study abroad programme.  As well as helping you improve your English language, it offers you an insight into how Britain became the country it is today.

To provide an entertaining way of learning more about British culture and the English language, Royal Holloway International also run weekly film evenings - a great way to meet new friends and catch a classic British film.


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