In-Sessional General English and English for Academic Purposes 2020-2021

Our In-sessional classes offer support for students and scholars at Strathclyde whose first language is not English. We'll help you improve your English both for studying and everyday communication.

Our Courses

Academic Skills

Short courses in a wide range of areas such as academic writing (for postgraduates and undergraduates), seminar discussion skills, giving presentations, grammar and correction.

General English

Courses in listening, speaking and pronunciation, grammar and usage, and social English.

General Course Information

Information about In-sessional courses and links to self-study materials can also be found on Myplace, the University's virtual learning environment. After you log in to Myplace, type the class code 'ELT13,1' into the 'find a class' search box and click on the highlighted code. This will take you to the In-sessional course page.

Some important details about classes are highlighted below:

  • Each course will meet once a week for two hours.
  • Most courses can be taken for five or 10 weeks.
  • All learning materials are provided by the unit.


In-sessional students may also take two 20-minute one-to-one consultations per week with an English Language Teaching (ELT) tutor (depending on availability) to discuss any problems they may be experiencing with their English.

Please email to make an appointment for an In-sessional consultation at the beginning of each week.

How to Join a Course

Online In-sessional Series 1 (5 October - 6 November, 2020)

The provisional timetable for In-sessional Series 1, the Series 1 Email Application Form, and a list of Series 1 course descriptions will be posted on the In-sessional course web page and on Myplace (ELT 13,1) on Monday the 28th of September, 2020. When the In-sessional Series 1 provisional timetable is published, check your subject timetable to see which course you can attend. Please note that each two-hour class is held once a week at the same time for five weeks.

Once you have chosen your In-sessional course(s), complete the In-sessional Series 1 email registration form (which will also be available on Myplace ELT13,1) and email it to as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. The deadline for Series 1 applications is Friday the 2nd of October at 10:00 am.

Please note that the ELT office will only contact you if there is a problem, for example, if your In-sessional course is full. If you don't hear from the ELT, you can assume that your place on the course is secured.

The In-sessional Series 1 class lists will be posted on Myplace (ELT13,1) from Monday the 5th of October, 2020. Your tutor will email you an invitation to your live teaching session on Zoom. Please note that you will need to have a fast and reliable internet connection, a laptop or desktop with a webcam and microphone, and somewhere quiet where you can study and take part in the live sessions.


Departments are informed of enrolments, attendance, and progress when required.

Students who miss two consecutive classes without informing ELT and giving a legitimate reason will lose their place on the course. Also, these students will not be given priority for further courses and will only be able to sign up if there are sufficient places.

PG Cert RPD Credits

PhD and MPhil students who are enrolled on the PG Cert RPD course can gain 1 credit for every 5-week In-sessional course attended up to a maximum of 20 credits. Please note that full attendance is required, i.e. 10 hours of active engagement on a 5-week In-sessional course, to be eligible for 1 credit.

If you require evidence of attendance on In-sessional courses to gain credits for your PG Cert RPD, you should do this by the 1st of June in the academic year when you attended courses to avoid delays. Requests for certificates of attendance outwith the current academic year will be dealt with at the first available opportunity.

Fees and Dates

Please note that students paying overseas fees for a full year are entitled to four hours per week of English free throughout the academic year. We also offer two hours per week of free In-Sessional classes to EU and Erasmus students. Spouses of students, visiting scholars, research assistants, international students not paying full overseas fees for one academic year, and international students taking additional classes over and above the four hours per week are also welcome to attend for a small fee (£50 per five-week course).

The course dates are as follows:

  • Series 1 (Online): 5 October - 6 November, 2020
  • Series 2 (Online): 9 November - 11 December, 2020
  • Series 3: 25 January - 26 February, 2021
  • Series 4: 1 March - 2 April, 2021 
  • Series 5: 19 April - 21 May, 2021