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March 2012 issue

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Tertiary Focus 1
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Academic prep in the UK

WA broad range of institutions offer courses to prepare international students for university study in the UK, as Matthew Knott reports.

The numerous academic preparation and foundation courses available in the UK at language schools, colleges, study centres and universities themselves offer an invaluable introduction to the study skills expected at university for many international students, and are often necessary programmes to meet entry requirements.

A number of language schools provide open pathway courses into university study. Lila, based in Liverpool, offers pre-sessional summer programmes of six or 12 weeks and a full International Academic Year course, explains Katherine Watson. “The academic part of the course focuses on skills such as writing reports, giving presentations, listening to lectures and taking notes, and attending meetings,” says Watson. “Our students have gone on to study around the country on both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees,” she adds.

The London School of English (LSE) offers English for University, “An intensive course designed for adults who need to improve their language skills specifically for university,” advises Rosie Ganne. “The majority of our students are postgraduate and so in most cases we aren’t teaching them how to write or research but how to do so in English in the UK academic style.” The courses, a minimum of four weeks long, develop all academic skills and small class sizes mean they can be tailored to individual needs. “We also work with our students on the broader skills required for a success in further education. For example, planning essays and linking ideas, extracting information from academic texts, expressing opinions and presenting ideas and arguments to a group.” Ganne acts as a student counsellor to help LSE students with their study options. “I am very proud of this part of my role and it has enabled us to establish close working links with universities all over the country,” she enthuses.

Further Education (FE) colleges also offer academic pathways and Michelle Millar informs that Bradford College has several courses for further study, including Academic English courses, pre-sessional courses, A-levels (the qualifications generally used by UK students for university entrance), Level 3 diplomas and International diploma programmes. “Our FE courses are recognised across the UK, and Level 3 courses allow students to progress onto the first year of an undergraduate degree.”

Universities will often have their own English language centres offering full progression to the university upon successful completion of preparation programmes. The University of Leeds Language Centre provide undergraduate and postgraduate pre-sessional courses. Rhiannon Prosser says that students learn UK study conventions, develops research skills, improve writing techniques and enhance study skills. “Taking a pre-sessional course also allows students to become familiar with the University of Leeds as an institution and gives them the opportunity to learn about British culture so that they feel comfortable in their new environment before their academic study begins.” Prosser believes this leads to direct results and points to the fact that international students at Leeds that have completed a pre-sessional course are twice as likely to achieve a merit for their postgraduate degree as those that haven’t.

University study centres, operated by specialist providers, are also common in the UK (see STM, November 2011, page 25). Robert Ferguson explains that Twin UK offers an International University Foundation programme at its international study centre in London (with progression to Middlesex University), Leeds Trinity University and University College Plymouth, and that these offer guaranteed entry pathways to those universities or open placement with a further range of universities that endorse Twin’s programme. Ferguson informs that although the programmes are fairly young, they have a 100 per cent rate of successful completion.

In terms of markets, Watson notes that China and Korea are key source countries for Lila’s courses, while Millar attests that Bradford College attracts a large proportion of its academic preparation students from the Middle East, and Ferguson notes West Africa, Russia, the Middle East and China as Twin UK’s main markets.

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ACCOMODATION
Sara's New York Homestay LLC  

ASSOCIATIONS/GROUPS
English Australia  
English UK  
English UK London  
Groupement FLE  
Languages Canada / Langues Canada  
MEI Ireland  
Perth Education City  
Quality English  
Study Gold Coast  
English in Chester  

AUSTRALIA
Access Macquarie Limited  
Bond University  
ILSC Australia  
Impact English College  
International House Sydney Teacher Training & Prof  
Language Studies International  
NEAS Australia  
Perth Education City  
Study Gold Coast  
University of Newcastle Language Centre  
University of New South Wales  

BELGIUM
CERAN Lingua International  

CANADA
Bow Valley College  
CSLI  
Destination Canada  
Global Village  
Greater Victoria School District  
Guard Me  
ILSC - International Language Schools of Canada  
Languages Canada / Langues Canada  
Niagara College  
Ottawa International Student Programmes (OISP)  
Omnicom School of Languages  
Saint Mary's University  
Study Abroad Canada Language Institute  
Upper Madison College  
Vancouver English Centre  
Victoria International Academy  
York University English Language Institute  

CHINA
iMandarin Language Training Institute  

CHILE
Tandem Santiago  

ENGLAND
Angel Language Academy  
Ardmore Language Schools  
Askham Bryan College  
Cambridge Education Group  
Camp Beaumont  
Capital School of English  
Centre of English Studies  
EAC Language Centres and Activity Camps  
ELC London - Hampstead School of English  
English Studio  
English UK London  
International House London  
INTO University Partnerships  
Kaplan International Colleges  
Prime Education  
LAL London  
London School of Business & Finance  
London School of English  
Malvern House College London  
PGL  
Princes College School of English  
Queen Ethelburga's College  
School of Oriental and African Studies  
St Giles International  
Study Group  
Sussex Coast College Hastings  
University of East Anglia  
University of Essex - International Academy  
Wimbledon School of English  
  
EVENTS
SR Events  
Study World  
STM Star Awards  

EXAM BOARDS
Cambridge Esol  
City and Guilds Branch Office in Europe  
TOEFL Educational Testing Service  
Trinity College London  

FRANCE
Accent Francais  
Alliance Française Lyon  
Ecole Suisse Internationale  
Groupement FLE  
Idiom  
Langue Onze Toulouse  
LSF Montpellier  
Lyon Bleu International  
Paris Langues / Club CEI des 4 Vents  

GERMANY
F+U Academy of Languages  

INSURANCE
Dr Walter  
Guard Me  

IRELAND English Language Academy ELA  
MEI Ireland  
ITALY 2  
Dialogo Language Services  
IH Milan  
Percorsi d'italiano  

MALTA
Bell International  
EC English Language Centre  

SERVICES
Good Hope Studies  

SPAIN
International House - Sevilla CLIC  
Xul Comunicación Social  
Malaca Instituto - Club Hispanico SL  

SWITZERLAND
EF International Language Centers  
Eurocentres International  

TOURIST BOARDS
Malta Tourism Authority  
Office de Tourisme Montpellier  

USA
Brown University  
California State University San Marcos  
ELS Language Centers  
FLS International  
Global Language Institute  
New York Language Center  
Open Hearts International College  
Saint John's University  
Sara's New York Homestay LLC  
UC Berkeley Extension  
University of Arizona  
University of California San Diego  
Zoni Language Centers  





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