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About us

Who are we?

The Academic Support team is part of the Pre-sessional English (PSE) team. We are experienced in helping students who are new to UK academic culture develop the language and study skills they need to successfully participate in their academic communities and achieve their full potential.  

What do we do?

We work predominantly with international students, but our experience means that we are able to support  any students who are at the start of their academic journey in UK Higher Education and who need a little extra support with getting to grips with it all. We support them in developing the skills, strategies and language they need to deal with academic genres and tasks of all types, including: 

  • Listening to lectures 
  • Participating in seminars 
  • Delivering academic presentations 
  • Reading complex academic texts 
  • Understanding assignment briefs 
  • Making a start on written assignments 

How can we help you?

For students, we offer a range of academic support classes throughout the year to students with many different aspects of their academic studies. We also have a variety of self-access resources to help students help themselves.

For staff, we offer a bespoke academic support service, in which we work with course teams to develop discipline and course specific academic support. To find out more, contact academicsupport@coventry.ac.uk.

Academic Word List

What is the Academic Word List (AWL)?

The Academic Word List is a list of 570 words that appear frequently in academic writing. The list was developed by Averil Coxhead (2000).

Although memorising lists of words is not an effective way of learning new vocabulary, working with this list actively, helps students build the range of their academic vocabulary. The AWL can be obtained through various sources. Two of the most useful websites are:

  • Oxford Leaner’s Dictionaries -After clicking on each word, the user is taken to the dictionary entry.
  • UEFAP Website -Includes the AWL, definitions and examples. In each word family, the word in italics is the most frequently used one.

Going through the list and simply reading the definitions and examples may not be enough. Therefore, it is recommended that students should practice with the word list as much as they can. The following sources provide good practice opportunities:

Academic Support Materials

Choose from our range of self-study materials to help improve your academic skills and communicate more confidently within your academic community.

About us

Who are we?

The Academic Support team is part of the Pre-sessional English (PSE) team. We are experienced in helping students who are new to UK academic culture develop the language and study skills they need to successfully participate in their academic communities and achieve their full potential.  

What do we do?

We work predominantly with international students, but our experience means that we are able to support  any students who are at the start of their academic journey in UK Higher Education and who need a little extra support with getting to grips with it all. We support them in developing the skills, strategies and language they need to deal with academic genres and tasks of all types, including: 

  • Listening to lectures 
  • Participating in seminars 
  • Delivering academic presentations 
  • Reading complex academic texts 
  • Understanding assignment briefs 
  • Making a start on written assignments 

How can we help you?

For students, we offer a range of academic support classes throughout the year to students with many different aspects of their academic studies. We also have a variety of self-access resources to help students help themselves.

For staff, we offer a bespoke academic support service, in which we work with course teams to develop discipline and course specific academic support. To find out more, contact academicsupport@coventry.ac.uk.

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