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English Language Services for International Students (ELSIS)

What is ELSIS?

ELSIS provides free English classes and one-to-one tutorials for international students at MMU in every faculty during the Autumn and Spring terms, and one-to-one individual writing consultations during the third term and summer. So wherever you are based at the university, you can find help. We focus on the skills needed for good quality academic writing, listening, reading, and speaking, as well as grammar instruction. All classes are delivered by qualified and experienced tutors.

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 offer eight short, five-week courses. They run in faculties 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
  • Writing your Dissertation
  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Academic Vocabulary
  • Academic Speaking
  • General Grammar

To enrol on the courses simply turn up to the first class on the first day. There is no teaching on Bank Holidays and all materials are free.

Students working in the library at Didsbury campus.

Consultations / One-to-one writing tutorials

You can arrange to meet us to discuss any aspect of improving your English or you can send your work in advance and discuss it with a qualified, experienced English teacher. These 30 minute sessions are booked by appointment, five working days in advance. The writing to be discussed (1,500 words maximum) is emailed in advance to to allow the tutor time to review it and prepare points for consideration. These sessions are run over three terms, and can be found on our online timetable on the left of this page.

Do not forget to include:

  • your student ID
  • the course of study you are on
  • your preferred faculty/day/date/time/room (all taken from our timetable)

See an example of a student’s work that has been improved by ELSIS please click here

English Language Assessment

To help you to decide which classes you need, we assess each international student’s English with a multiple-choice English assessment. This will diagnostically show the areas in which you need help. This assessment is done in the first and second week of term one only. Results will be made available to students.

Further Services for International Students

Languages Resource Centre Use (Mabel Tylecote First Floor):

Study Skills books

Academic and General English books

Language Learning software

Language Learning Advisor

you can make an appointment to discuss how best to improve your general English, based on your needs and goals. This guiding towards independent study will enable you to improve your all-round English skills and promote learner autonomy. Contact to make an appointment.

Link to Campus maps

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

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