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English Language Services for International Students (ELSIS)

English Language Services for International Students (ELSIS)


Free English classes and one-to-one tutorials in person and on-line for all international students at MMU.

ELSIS is designed specifically to help international students get the most out of their time at MMU. With better English you can read faster and more effectively, write better assignments and theses, and get more from lectures and seminars. This can lead to better results in exams and assignments. It also makes your studying here more enjoyable and leads to better employment prospects when you return home.


We focus on the skills needed for good quality academic writing, listening, reading, and speaking, as well as grammar instruction. Qualified and experienced tutors teach classes during the autumn and spring terms and one-to-one individual writing consultations are available during the third term and summer. Wherever you are based at the university, you can find help.


We offer three types of support:


1. Face-to-face – Five week classes


We offer six short, five-week courses. They run across Manchester and at the Crewe campus in terms one and two. You can choose two modules per term from the list below:

> Academic listening, reading and note taking
> Academic Writing 1
> Academic Writing 2
> Academic Vocabulary
> Critical Thinking Skills
> General Grammar


View the course content

> View the teaching timetable for the first half of Term 1
(more classes will run from the end of October 2014)


How to enrol:

When you log on to the MMU system your timetable will automatically show which classes are available for you. You don’t need to attend all of the classes that appear on your timetable. Choose the ones that would be of most interest to you and simply turn up to the first class on the first day. There is no teaching on public holidays and all materials are free. You could also see the timetable on our web site.


2. Writing Consultations


2.1 One-to-one English Tutorials / Writing Consultations

These are available from 27th October in the Language Resource Centre on the 1st floor of Mabel Tylecote Building, Manchester Campus and in the Crewe Library’s open Learning Zone. You can make an appointment with us to discuss any aspect of improving your English, or to discuss a piece of work with a qualified, experienced English teacher. These 30 minute sessions are run over three blocks during terms 1, 2 and 3.


View the Writing Consultations timetable for term 1


How to book an appointment:

You need to have a finished draft of your essay or an outline of what you want to talk about ready to upload when you book your appointment.

Click on the link on the web site (coming soon) and you can book one appointment within a two-week period.

You need to upload your essay when you book the appointment so you tutor will have time to comment on it.  When you click the link, if no times appear then all of the appointments are taken for that two-week period.

You must book appointments at least five working days in advance. Please check our timetable for availability.

Do not forget to include in your booking request:

> Your student ID
> Your course of study
> Your preferred faculty/day/date/time/room (please see our timetable for availability)


2.2 Writing Consultations – online

You may also email your draft for comments. The language support tutor will comment on the first 1,000 words that you send and make some comments to help you improve it. Please note this is not a proofreading service so the tutor will not make corrections.  You should expect to receive your work back in five working days.


3. Study independently online


We have purchased some very good digital materials aimed at improving international students’ academic writing skills. These are suitable for international students with a minimum IELTS score of 5.5 or above. If you cannot access the Moodle area for ELSIS, contact your nearest student information point.


Useful Links:


Watch a short video to see how ELSIS has helped an international student

View an example of a student’s work that has been improved by ELSIS

View the Manchester Campus map

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