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Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Exam Preparations / English for Academic Purposes and IELTS

English for Academic Purposes + IELTS


Minimum enrolment age: 16*     Levels: A2-C2    Maximum class size: 12    Start dates: Every Monday 


Our English for academic purposes course is designed for those who are preparing to study at a UK university. The curriculum is aimed at developing all the key skills you will need to succeed in your university life.  It is offered as a separate full-time programme (25 hours per week) and the duration depends on your entry English level. 

  • 4 weeks – If you already have an unconditional offer from the University and need to brush up your academic skills
  • 8 weeks – if you need to improve the level of your English by 0.5 IELTS band
  • 12 weeks - if you need to improve the level of your English by 1.0 IELTS band

The course is designed with the University requirements in mind and it focuses on all the language and academic skills you will need to succeed at your University course. The topics will include academic writing style, note taking, independent study skills, and an introduction to the local academic culture. During the course you will be taking practice exams. You will also have regular academic counselling from your teachers and, if required, help with university or college applications.

English for Academic Purposes Course content:

  • Listening skills – extensive listening, active listening and note-taking to help you prepare for lectures and seminars
  • Reading skills – skimming and scanning, finding information quickly in texts, paraphrasing and summarising
  • Writing skills – essay planning and generating ideas, paragraph structure and linking ideas, presenting an argument and essay writing
  • Speaking skills – presentations, participating in and leading discussions or seminars, debating and expressing opinions
  • Study skills - essay writing, independent learning and research, critical analysis and thinking, advanced reading and presentation skills.


* 16 and 17 year old students will be accepted on the course with parental consent. 

 

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Testimonials

“I came to PELS to improve my English but also to prepare for the IELTS examination. I am really happy because I learnt a lot of new vocabulary and about the British culture.  The host family was brilliant and I had lots of discussions with them. I liked Portsmouth even if the city is small. I made great friends from...

Islem, 19 y.o. from Algeria

“I came to PELS because I wanted to improve my English. It has improved thanks to my teachers. Now my vocabulary is better and I can speak with other classmates. I had a nice trip to London which I enjoyed very much. My life in the host family was good because I was independent and they were very kind and...

Samantha, 23 y.o. from Italy

“At PELS, the teachers are excellent and they are really helpful and friendly. I like my classmates who are from so many different nationalities. When I arrived, I was a complete beginner. 6 months later, my English has really improved.” Ilyes, 24 y.o from Tunisia, B1

Ilyes, 24 y.o. from Tunisia

“I came to PELS because I wanted to speak more in English. I joined afternoon activities and they were very good. I met some new friends from Spain, Bulgaria, Italy and Oman. I think I can speak more fluently now. It is really great to study at PELS.” Clarice, 15 y.o from Hong Kong, B2 “Lessons are absolutely beneficial and delivered by...

Clarice, 15 y.o. from Hong Kong

“The atmosphere at Portsmouth English Language School is very pleasant. My teacher Claire is very experienced. I like her because she always smiles and tries to help us in a different way. The members of the staff are very helpful and friendly as well. If you come to PELS you will feel at home because it is similar to a...

Desiree, 24 y.o. from Italy

“I loved the school, the teachers and the administration staff members. I got a lot of support from the staff. They are supportive and helpful. I talked to them if I had a problem and they always had solutions. We also had some fun activities which helped to meet the other students from the other classes. I wish I could...

Bayan, 20 y.o. from Oman

“I did learn a lot with the lessons and I am really happy of the courses. The teachers are very good, each of them has own way to teach. I haven’t been disappointed. Thanks to the teachers and the staff. I’ve learned a lot. Adrien, 18 y.o. from Belgium, C1

Adrien, 18 y.o. from Belgium

“I came to PELS because it was near my Host family and because it's a good English School. This experience was good for me. Portsmouth is very nice. I like the UK so much.” Alessandra, 50 y.o from Italy, A2  

Alessandra, 50 y.o. from Italy

“I first studied at PELS 2 years ago and decided to come back this year. My English has improved. The teachers were very supportive and now I can now speak in front of people. My host family was very- very- great.” Turki, 19 y.o from Saudi Arabia, B1 “Lessons are absolutely beneficial and delivered by professional teachers. My host family was the...

Turki, 19 y.o. from Saudi Arabia

“I came to PELS with my all family and it was really enjoyable and useful. My husband and two sons also studied at PELS. My English has improved by attending an intensive course. I think that to learn English , you need to be immersed in English life.” Wanda, 45 y.o from Italy, C1 “Lessons are absolutely beneficial and delivered by professional...

Wanda, 45 y.o. from Italy

"I arrived in the UK with no idea of English and with the only aim to learn it, so I joined PELS. Thanks to PELS, I met amazing people from different parts of the world. The PELS team helped me to improve my English to the point that I am now able to speak fluent English. I passed my IELTS...

Pol, 21 y.o. from Spain

“I wanted to speak English and I thought that Portsmouth English Language School could help me to do it. As I expected, the school was great and staff were very helpful. We visited lots of places in Portsmouth city and I enjoyed a lot. I think that I will go back to PELS next year. Thank you for everything.” Kristina, 15 y.o from...

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