School of Education
Centre for English Language Education

Insessional Academic English Support

CELE students in a classroom with teacher

Each year, our academic skills in English courses help thousands of international students to achieve their academic potential in their degree studies. 

Why take an academic skills course with CELE?

  • Courses are free and have no assignments
  • Courses are scheduled to fit in with your busy schedule
  • Materials are researched and produced in collaboration with faculties and schools
  • Our tutors are experienced EAP (English for Academic Purposes) specialists
  • You will receive a downloadable certificate for each course you take
  • You can book one-to-one consultations
  • We provide distance learning materials on Moodle

We offer the following courses in Term 1

  • Introduction to Academic Writing
  • Academic Writing: Planning an Assignment
  • Academic Writing: Synthesising Sources
  • Academic Writing: Achieving Clarity
  • Academic Writing: Grammatical Accuracy
  • Academic Writing: Science & Engineering
  • Academic Writing: Biosciences
  • Academic Vocabulary Skills
  • Effective Academic Reading
  • Effective Academic Presentation   


Shasha Li

Shasha Li
Course Leader


David Bowen
Deputy Course Leader


Richard Lee

John Rabone

John Rabone


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A student's view of our courses

“After taking the insessional courses and consultations, I was much more confident and competent when planning my essays and reports in terms of looking for sources, structuring my texts, using academic language and writing critically.”
Li Chen, MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, 2019/20

Centre for English Language Education

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School of Education
Dearing Building
Jubilee Campus, Wollaton Road
Nottingham NG8 1BB