The EFL part of our EFL+ study abroad programme is made up of 23 hours of teaching per week: three hours every morning and two hours every afternoon, except Wednesdays.

You will be taught in a group and will also receive individual personal attention from your teachers throughout the programme, via tutorials and feedback sessions.

At the end of the EFL course, you will take a test to determine your progress on this part of the programme. The modules available to you in the full academic study program will depend on this EFL test score. More details on test scores and module availability can be found in our EFL+ module catalogues.

Throughout the course, you will have access to the University’s extensive facilities (libraries, computer rooms, etc). You will also have the chance to explore some of central London's most important landmarks, to help you settle in to your new home.

The course's overarching goals are to help you:

  • increase your confidence and ability in communicating effectively in academic English
  • improve your performance in all four language skills within the context of your studies (reading, writing, listening and speaking)
  • develop your critical and analytical skills, which are key to succeeding at university in the UK
  • increase your independence as a learner

Morning classes – reading and writing (3 hours)

In the mornings, the course will focus on reading and writing in academic contexts.

We will help you develop:

  • effective strategies for reading academic books, journal articles and case studies
  • effective strategies for carrying out your own research (including identifying genre, structure of journal articles, text cohesion and writer’s stance)
  • improved essay- and report-writing skills through ongoing practice (including summarising and paraphrasing, avoiding plagiarism, and use of citations)

Afternoon classes – listening and speaking (2 hours)

In the afternoons, the emphasis will be on listening and speaking skills.

We will help you to build:

  • the listening and note-taking skills necessary to benefit from university lectures (including recognising signposting language and dealing with unknown vocabulary)
  • your ability and confidence to participate in group discussions and seminars on academic topics (including structuring arguments)
  • your presentation skills in a range of academic activities (as well as your pronunciation and intonation)