Workshop English

Would you like more opportunities to practice your spoken English and oral communication skills in a small group?

Workshop English provides guidelines and practice to help improve your speaking skills.  As an international student whose first language is not English, you may often feel uncertain about your speaking skills and find it hard to integrate smoothly into British culture.

Workshops are held on Wednesday afternoons so come along to improve your confidence and boost your speaking skills! All workshops are held in Priorsfield House (campus map reference G18).

Workshops are free but booking is essential as numbers are limited.  Times and workshop topics may vary, so make sure you log on to Canvas for more details.

You will receive a Canvas announcement nearer the time of each workshop to enable you to register in good time and book your place.  The times and dates may slightly change for the Autumn term and will be announced on Canvas.





Communication Skills Workshops


Communication Skills Workshops

The advanced class is only for students who have a minimum of 6.5 in speaking skills. If you are in doubt about your level or the suitability of this class then please email or call Saroj Watton.


Suitable for IELTS 5.5-6.0

Suitable for IELTS 7.0 +


Time: 13:30 - 15:00

Time: 15:00 - 16:30




Meeting people & social  interactions

Breaking the Ice:

Getting to Know you and Getting to Know all about you

10 October

Asking for & giving advice

Lending an Ear and a Shoulder to Cry on: Asking and Giving Advice

17 October

Sounds & Stress in English

Sounds Interesting:                             

Sounds and Stress in English

24 October

Understanding fast, natural English

Pulling a Fast One:                                    

Understanding Fast Speech



Communication with        lecturers

Nuance and Subtlety in English:            

Exploring Intonation



Contributing to seminars

Getting to Grips with Phrasal Verbs



Producing clear, understandable pronunciation

Metaphorical Language:                        

Making the Most of Metaphor



Giving effective presentations

Is the Direct Approach the Best            


Pragmatics and Social Language Use