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University English Scheme

Sheffield Hallam students who are non-native English speakers can take advantage of a free course to help develop their language skills. The courses cover a range of different English language skills for undergraduate and postgraduate study, and business and conversational use.

Course description

The University English Scheme offers a range of free modules, workshops and tutorials for international students enrolled at Sheffield Hallam University.

Credit-bearing modules

English for business academic purposes (20 credits)
This is a core module for many international business students. It aims to develop the academic language skills necessary for students at levels 4, 5, and 6. English for Business Academic Purposes raises student awareness of both academic and business genres. It requires students to apply their skills in a variety of tasks designed to complement the language requirements of the other modules in the programme. This module is taken over 20 weeks.

For further information, please contact tesol@shu.ac.uk

English for academic purposes (20 credits)
English for Academic Purposes aims to develop students' awareness of and control over academic discourse, and the various text types used within their disciplines. The module builds on the experiences and knowledge students bring to Sheffield Hallam from their own diverse study backgrounds, and invites students to apply these and new linguistic and analytical perspectives to their current academic context. Students engage with a variety of speaking, writing and analytical tasks, from investigating vocabulary and grammatical structures in texts to delivering presentations. By the end of the module, students will have compiled an oral and written portfolio, demonstrating their ability to produce effective academic texts. The module is taken intensively over one semester for exchange students, or is spread over two semesters for full-time students.

For further information, please contact tesol@shu.ac.uk

Non-credit bearing modules, workshops, and tutorials
The University English Scheme also offers a range of opportunities for students who want to develop their academic English, across a variety of delivery formats. For enrolment, simply access the university website: http://shuspace.shu.ac.uk . Search for "University English Scheme", follow the information on the first page, click on "enrol" button and then "submit".

Modules run over the course of the semester. Full attendance at the weekly sessions is advised, but not a requirement. Timetables are published at the start of each semester, and will be made available at help desks, online and on the UES blackboard site.

We offer the following modules

• academic English
• academic speaking and pronunciation
• grammar for academic writing
• academic reading and vocabulary
• writing your master's dissertation
• academic English for your PhD

These stand-alone sessions are open to all, but will be of particular interest to students returning to study or from outside the UK. Session topics include critical reading and writing, effective paraphrasing and referencing, and proofreading strategies.

The language advisory service
The "Language Advisory Service" (LAS) offers one-to-one appointments with an English for Academic Purposes lecturer. The lecturers are able to provide guidance on a range of issues such as text organisation, grammar, vocabulary, argument construction and pronunciation. Information about how to make an appointment is available on the UES website. It should be noted that this is not a proof-reading service.

For further information, please contact J.Webster@shu.ac.uk

To learn more about our English language courses, visit the English Language web pages.

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the British Council.

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

This scheme is open to any enrolled Sheffield Hallam student whose first language is not English.

2018 entry requirements

This scheme is open to any enrolled Sheffield Hallam student whose first language is not English.

Course structure

Variable attendance

Courses run September–December and February–May

Typical modules may include

Course content

Work may include
• writing essays and reports in an academic style
• using sources to write essays and compile a reference list
• quoting directly and referring to sources
• writing effective introductions and conclusions
• revising and proofreading your work
• presenting and supporting arguments, ideas and opinions
• reading effectively and improving reading speed
• paraphrasing and summarising
• using and interpreting data, graphs and figures
• recording and collating data
• presenting and discussing results
• listening to lectures and taking effective notes
• leading and taking part in discussions and seminars

Assessment We use various assessment methods for the English for academic purposes and English for business academic modules. There is no assessment for the non-credit classes and workshops.


Employers value effective oral and written communications skills. The University English Scheme offers a range of classes that can help you develop those skills.


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Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)

2017/18 academic year

The University English Scheme is free to all international students enrolled at Sheffield Hallam University.

International student

2018/19 academic year

This is a range of free modules, classes and workshops for international students enrolled at Sheffield Hallam University.There are no fees for this scheme, although there may be some associated costs.

Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs information

How to apply

These courses are only available to students already enrolled in the University. For further information email tesol@shu.ac.uk

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and student Regulations.

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