Academic English Communication Skills (AECS) is a free service from the ARU Language Centre to support you while you study. It's available to international students studying undergraduate or postgraduate degrees.
If English is not your first language, we can help.
We offer a range of academic English classes, online study programmes and one-to-one academic language consultations.
Academic English Communication Skills classes are available for a range of academic and language skills which you can join regularly or for specific sessions.
Our classes are for all international students studying an undergraduate or postgraduate programme.
You can sign up for a class:
We offer both online and face-to-face classes, taught over ten weeks during trimester 1 and trimester 2. These lessons and materials cover the following areas.
There is a one-hour lesson per week for each of these three topic areas. You can do all three (a maximum of three hours per week) or choose specific areas or lessons.
We also have a Canvas site with lots of materials and self-study work that you can access to improve your use of English.
You can book one-to-one consultations if you have a specific worry or would like help with an assignment.
A language tutor will speak to you to support you with your language needs. We recommend you do this once you have attended the classes provided.
You can have a face-to-face consultation at our Cambridge campus, or an online consultation (available everywhere) using Microsoft Teams.
Consultations are offered throughout the year at set times each week.
In the AECS consultations we can offer advice on topics including:
You are welcome to bring along samples of your work for our tutors to look at.
Please note we can’t provide a proof-reading service at these consultations. If you have concerns about your writing, we would recommend attending the classes on writing skills and/or on language skills. These sessions will help you with your grammar and vocabulary.
You can book a maximum of four sessions per term. The sessions are all 20 minutes long.
To book an ELF consultation please use our online booking form.
If you cannot attend your one-to-one consultation you must let us know as soon as possible by emailing [email protected]