If English is not your first language, you may find it useful to have further language support to help you get the most from your academic studies. The Faculty of Education offers, free of charge, a series of workshops and individual tutorials throughout the academic year. We call this ‘EAP Extra’.

English language tutorials

You can book an individual tutorial our English language tutors. Each tutorial lasts for 30 minutes. The purpose of the tutorials is to help you improve the use of English in your work. Our aim is to help you develop the confidence to identify and correct your own errors, so that you can become a more independent language learner. During a tutorial, the tutor will review your draft work with you to help you identify ways in which your use of English can be improved.

To get the maximum benefit from your tutorials you should;

  1. Attend on time so that you can get the most out of your tutorial. If you are unable to attend for any reason, please cancel the appointment (by contacting Sulgrave Reception) so that the time can be made available for other students.
  2. Remember to bring your draft work with you. Your work provides the focus of the tutorial, so if you do not bring your work there is nothing for the tutor to review with you.
  3. Prepare effectively for the tutorial. Decide which parts of your work you would like the tutor to focus on, and prepare any questions that you would like to ask.
  4. Book tutorials in good time. If you wait until just before an assignment deadline you may also find that there are no tutorial times available.
  5. Be prepared to actively participate in the tutorial. The tutorials are not a proof-reading service, but are designed to help you understand how to improve your own work. This will enable you to become more confident in reviewing your own writing.

If you would like to arrange a tutorial, please visit Sulgrave Reception or email debra.polkey@northampton.ac.uk and ask them to find a suitable time for you.

English language workshops

You may wish to join our English language workshops. They are free, and are designed to help you get the most from your academic studies.

We will run Academic English workshops during key assignment times throughout November and February.

Workshops will cover:

  • presentation skills
  • critical reading skills
  • features of academic writing such as accuracy in vocabulary choice and academic language
  • how to structure an academic argument
  • use of sources to support arguments
  • language needed to express your own voice in academic argument

*Workshops will be held on Wednesdays throughout November and February in C222 from 3-5pm*

To get the maximum benefit from the workshops you should:

  1. Bring examples of your writing with you to the sessions.
  2. Check the NILE site for information about the workshop, and carry out any recommended preparation.
  3. Be prepared to actively participate in the workshops. The sessions are designed to be interactive, and you will benefit more by making an active contribution.
  4. Make suggestions. Whilst we will design a schedule of workshop topics, we welcome suggestions about things you would like us to cover.

There is no need to register for the workshops, just come along. You can access the workshop NILE site by logging in and searching for EAP Extra.

EAP extra on NILE

We now have an online programme that you can self-enrol on if you search for the EAP Extra organisation on NILE.

This online programme has been designed to introduce you to some common features of English for Academic Purposes. It is designed to help you achieve better grades in your academic writing, specifically how you communicate your ideas and how you follow academic conventions.

You can study the units in any order and only study the ones you are interested in if you wish.

To get the most out of the programme you should participate in the interactive sections, such as discussion forums and blogs.

If you post examples of your writing you will receive feedback from a lecturer.