This is an 8-week course: each week there will be 20 seminar hours, 2 lecture hours, 2 tutorials, and self-study. The 8th week is dedicated to marking and individual feedback tutorials on essays, reports, presentations and seminar discussions.
This eight-week course is taught by tutors in our Language Centre and helps students to improve and develop their general and discipline-specific English language and study skills, with a particular emphasis on writing and speaking, in order to allow them to function effectively in their postgraduate masters programmes.
Once you are accepted onto the presessional English course, you will not need to retake a language test. This means that you can concentrate on developing your postgraduate study skills.
The course runs for eight weeks and is comprised of 176 hours of teaching and 124 hours of self-study.
Who should take a Presessional English course?
If you meet the language requirements for this course shown below, you can change your XJTLU masters offer to “unconditional” for English level after applying for the presessional course. Students who meet the average score but miss the language score on one skill (reading, writing, speaking or listening) may also join.
- Start date
- Department Language Centre
- Attendance Full time
- Prospectus No prospectus available
Knowledge and skills
After the course students will be able to:
- write clear and coherent paragraphs;
- understand the purpose of an academic essay, its components and structure;
- understand the purpose of an academic report, its components and structure;
- read and identify key information from extended academic texts;
- summarise, paraphrase and synthesize key information from a variety of sources;
- use references and citations skillfully to correctly synthesize material from outside sources into original work;
- deliver an academic presentation;
- lead and contribute to an academic seminar discussion.
Topics will include, but not be limited to, the following:
The writing process:
- essay writing: from paragraph to essay – using a process approach;
- report writing;
- referencing (Harvard referencing system, primarily);
- paraphrasing, quoting, integrating sources and summarising;
- awareness of academic style and conventions.
Speaking (skills and functional language, as appropriate, relating to):
- giving academic presentations;
- participating in and contributing to academic seminar discussions;
- presenting texts and leading critical seminar discussions.
- skimming, scanning, predicting, getting the gist, identifying important information, evaluation of texts (including a critical analysis of the author, genre, purpose, bias, etc.).
- conducting secondary research;
- critically evaluating sources;
- creating PowerPoint presentations;
- note-taking in lectures, brainstorming ideas and creating outlines.
RMB 23,000 (full fees as deposit).
Course fees include 5 course textbooks, supplemental materials, and final certificate.
Apply before 1 June 2018 to receive a discount of 20 percent off total fees.
English level requirements
|IELTS 6.0, with no single component less than IELTS 5.5 (equivalent to 80 TOEFL)||
MA Global Education
Mass Media Translation MA (minimum 5.5 in all skills)
Media and Communication MSc
|IELTS 5.5, with no single component less than IELTS 5.0 (equivalent to 72 TOEFL)||
Master of Architectural Design
Business Analytics MSc
Civil Engineering MSc
Computer Science MRes
Economics and Finance MSc
Financial Mathematics MSc
Industrial Design MDes
International Finance Management MSc
Investment Management MSc
Operations and Supply Chain Management MSc
Professional Accounting MSc
Project Management MSc
Sustainable Construction MSc
Urban Design MSc
Urban Planning MSc
|IELTS 5.0, with no single component less than IELTS 5.0 (equivalent to 62 TOEFL)||
Advanced Chemical Sciences MRes
Applied Informatics MSc
Electrical Power and Energy Technology MRes
Financial Computing MSc
Molecular Bioscience MRes
Multimedia Telecommunications MSc
Social Computing MSc
Sustainable Energy Technology MSc
The presessional course is a great way to begin your postgraduate studies and many students choose to enrol even if they have met the language requirements. We advise you to register early for this popular course.Chris Macallister Director, Language Centre
How to apply
If you are not applying for an XJTLU masters programme
To apply for PSE as a separate course please email [email protected].
If you are also applying for an XJTLU masters programme
Please inform your Admissions Officer should you wish to attend the PSE course and meet the entry requirements.
If you do not have evidence that you meet the English language requirements, you can apply for a free placement test by emailing [email protected]. We will arrange a test for you on campus. The results will normally be back within two days.