I like the live sessions, because we can communicate with our teachers, and try to express our ideas in English.

Yiqing, studying postgraduate pre-sessional English online

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Summer 2020 - online teaching 

You'll be taught in online classes by University of Leeds teaching staff and you’ll work individually and with others. Independent study is an important element of this course, allowing you to practise your skills, deepen your knowledge and prepare for your academic course. 

You'll interact with tutors and other students on the course in live sessions each week. You’ll also have dedicated time with your tutor to address questions you may have about your language and learning and you’ll get feedback about your work. 

This is a full-time course. Live online sessions normally take place between 9am and 5pm UTC+1 from Monday to Friday. 

Example timetable

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Live session with tutor via video

Live session with tutor via online chat

Live session with tutor via video Dedicated time with tutor via video Independent study

Independent study

Independent study

Live online group work with other students

Independent study 

Preparation for next week

This example timetable is for guidance only. You'll receive your timetable at the start of your course.


What can I do to prepare for studying online?

Preparing to Learn Online at University is a free course we've developed for you to prepare for studying online.

What software will I need to study online?

When you register, you'll have online access to all software and University systems you'll need to study your course.

Software you'll use includes Microsoft Teams, Zoom and the University's virtual learning environment, Minerva. You'll have an introduction to these platforms before your course starts. 

How long will this pre-sessional course be valid for?

This pre-sessional course is valid for two years from the date of completion.

2020-21 courses starting in October 

You will be taught by our team of English language tutors. You'll study full time, with classes scheduled from Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm. Teaching normally takes place on the University of Leeds campus.

A typical class size is between 16 and 18 students per class, but this may vary to suit different teaching methods. Below is an example of what your timetable could look like. Please note, this is for guidance only. You will receive your timetable during the first week of your course.

Example timetable

Afternoon Language learning activity
Academic listening and speaking
Presentation skills/ academic skills project

Academic reading and writing
Language in context/ academic listening
Conversation club
Academic reading and writing
Presentation skills/ academic listening and speaking

Academic reading and writing/ listening and speaking
Language in context/ academic skills project
Book chat
Academic reading and writing/ academic skills project
Self study

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