English language


UWE Bristol offers support to all students to meet their academic language and communication needs. We run workshops to help international students communicate effectively in English.

Communication Skills for International Students workshops

We provide a series of one-hour workshops for any level of international student, or any student who uses English as a second or additional language.

Workshops include:

  • Communicating with your lecturers
  • Improving sentence structure
  • Pronunciation: sounds
  • Pronunciation: understanding your lecturers
  • Taking part in discussions
  • Tenses in academic writing
  • Understanding new vocabulary in your reading
  • Writing academic English: being cautious
  • Writing academic English: being formal

These workshops are available to book online.

View English language workshops

We’ve created online workbooks and interactive recordings for some of our workshops. These are perfect for you if you can't make it to the sessions, prefer to work at your own pace, or would like to recap a workshop you have attended:

Global Cafe events

The Global Student Support Team, together with Library staff, run regular events focusing on different themes including culture, home study, English language and more.

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English language

  • Academic Phrasebank (The University of Manchester)
    Useful academic phrases and sentence structures to improve your writing. Includes examples for a variety of general language functions, such as being critical, compare and contrast, and describing trends.
  • British National Corpus (Brigham Young University)
    Check your use of English: how does it compare to examples and is it correct?
  • The Academic Word List (AWL) (EAP Foundation)
    Useful academic vocabulary that frequently appears in academic texts.
  • Formal and Informal English (engVid.com)
    A list of words and phrases to help you recognise the formal (academic) and informal ways of saying the same thing.

Improving your English


  • Grammar foundations (LinkedIn Learning)
    Video tutorials to help you apply the basic principles of grammar so you can avoid making the most common mistakes.
  • Grammar tutorial (University of Bristol)
    Information and exercises to improve your understanding of grammar and punctuation.
  • Grammarly
    A tool that checks your use of grammar, punctuation, contextual spelling and style.
  • The Purdue OWL: Grammar (Purdue University)
    Resources to help you use correct grammar in your writing.

Study skills support from your faculty

Study support specialists in your faculty may also provide one-to-one support.

If you have any queries, please contact the Library.

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