We offer a range of English courses throughout the year, both full-time intensive and part-time as part of other degree subjects, and for long and short periods of study.
Our courses are ideal for motivated students who want to make rapid progress in English. All our courses are designed to develop your English in the four key skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking, and to improve your grammar, increase your active vocabulary, and help perfect your pronunciation.
You’ll also get all the benefits of the special experience of studying English at one of the biggest and most popular universities in the UK. We’ll help you explore many aspects of university life and understand important elements of British culture.
Key facts about our courses
How we teach
In all classes, you will do a combination of individual work, pairwork and work in small groups. This will give you lots of different ways of practising every aspect of your English. Classes are active and based on communicating in English at all times.
We use a lot of authentic English from TV, radio, internet, newspapers and magazines so you learn the English we actually use. This will help you speak more naturally and fluently.
What can you expect from your English Language Course?
Why study in Manchester?
Manchester is a great city for international students. It’s a famous centre of industry, finance and leisure, and is full of interesting things to do and historic places to visit, and offers many special festivals throughout the year. You won’t be bored here.
Our English language courses are designed to enable you to maximise this very special opportunity to live and study in a different country and culture. We will help you explore the city, discover the history, and feel at home here.
Yes, this is a great place to learn English. We are British Council accredited, so that’s your guarantee of quality and good standards of teaching. It also means we have an active plan for teacher development, so we can give you the benefit of our training and the latest ideas.
For lots of reasons. We are a small, friendly department, so you are sure of personal attention at all times. That can be very important to help you feel at home in a big university and a big city. Many students come to us because they plan to study as undergraduates or postgraduates on one of the university’s many courses. Some come because they like the idea of being in Manchester, one of the UK’s liveliest cities with a great reputation for sport, music, nightlife, and shopping. It’s also easy to explore the rest of England, Wales and Scotland from here, and there are many areas of great beauty and places of historic interest close to Manchester.
We help you feel at home in Manchester and in the university. You’ll learn about the structure of the course, the syllabus, and the assessments. We’ll explain about the work you have to do in class and for homework, too. We’ll also give you a tour of the university so you know your way around. You’ll have a chance to meet your fellow students and your teachers.
We have classes of up to 18 students, which is normal for the university and is good preparation for when you are an undergraduate or postgraduate with us. However, you will do a lot of work in pairs and small groups in all lessons, and the teacher will monitor your learning actively in each class.
Yes, all our teachers have professional teaching qualifications officially recognised by the British Council. Most of us have Diploma level qualifications, which means we are fully qualified.
Our team has a great deal of experience living, teaching and doing teacher training abroad, and have worked in China, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mozambique, Nepal, Oman, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Venezuela, and Zimbabwe
Our lessons are designed to help you focus on every aspect of your English. In class, you will do a lot of work in pairs and small groups so you learn to work with others, listen to different perspectives, hear other accents and negotiate decisions and solve problems together. This will also help you practise your English is lots of different ways. You will have practice with the four skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening, plus grammar and vocabulary development.
The university has great resources, as you would expect from one of the most popular universities in the UK. You will use our fantastic Media Centre, which has private self-study areas, satellite tv, and a Sanaco language laboratory. There are great computer rooms where you can use the Internet for free. You can get something to eat from our various canteens.
No, we will provide you with all course materials for free, including the coursebook. In addition, you will get our Phrasebuilder – an important book that will help you develop your fluency fast.
Yes, you will have a regular programme of homework to help you develop your English after class. The homework will be varied and include reading, writing, and researching tasks. It’s a good way of consolidating what you learn in class. It will also help you explore the university, the city and aspects of British culture.
Yes. If you go to our free weekly conversation club, you will have a chance to meet British students and international students from other courses. You might also find that the students who are learning about teaching English want to talk to you and maybe even interview you as part of their research.
Refunds and cancellation
There are no refunds for late arrival, early departure or absence during a course. For the university’s full refund policy, click here.
There is no teaching in the university on bank holidays.
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The British Council Accreditation Scheme assesses the standards of management, resources and premises, teaching and welfare and accredits organisations which meet the overall standard in each area inspected (see www.britishcouncil.org/accreditation for details).
The English language teaching department of this university offers courses in general, academic and professional English for adults and for closed groups of adults.
In our most recent inspection points of excellence were noted in course design, learner training, teaching and pastoral care.