The English Language Centre (ELC) exists to nurture and develop students’ engagement in high-quality academic study at XJTLU which is an English as Medium of Instruction institution. We help students accomplish this goal through the provision of English for Academic Purposes (EAP) modules which are simultaneously designed to grow and enhance English language skills learned from high school, but also to impart the necessary academic study and life skills necessary to survive and thrive in university. As many of our students also go on to study at University of Liverpool, these EAP modules also prepare them well for student life in the UK.
The ELC is also concerned with students’ experience at XJTLU. Students might be attending from far away provinces or countries; students might experience challenges adapting to the pace of study or learning in English, or indeed progressing in the English language to the level required to keep up with their studies. Year 1 is a foundation year for most students and we provide differentiated levels of EAP for students at all points on the English language learning spectrum. In Year 1, we also provide academic advising. And, throughout their student journey ELC provides students continuous academic support (CS) through self-access language learning activities, workshops, and one-to-one consultation services. CS offers English writing support ranging from paragraphs and academic writing skills, to coursework and FYP feedback, to IELTS exam writing practice and graduate school applications. For taught postgraduate students, the pre-sessional English programme is provided to improve pre-Masters students’ language skills, and is accompanied by a range of provision, including modularised ALAs and Continuing Support, to assist students during their Masters’ programmes. For PhD students, a wide variety of support services are offered, including workshops, one-to-one consultations, and one-week intensive writing courses.
ELC provides EAP modules and programming from undergraduate to graduate students, in a variety of formats. We also support and promote the Student English Association club.