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International students: English Language Support

English Language Support

English Language Support

Click on the buttons below to learn more about the support offered by DMU.

Once you have started your full-time course you are entitled to free English language support from the Centre for English Language and Learning at DMU.

For more information, contact:

Centre for English Language LearningVijay Patel Building VP3.01
De Montfort University


The CELL Reception is open:

Monday to Friday

9am to 1pm

2pm to 4.30pm

If you are studying in the Business and Law faculty you are entitled to additional faculty embedded support from our International Student Tutors.

International Student Tutors work with your module leaders and provide specialised tutorials and drop-in sessions to help you with your academic studies. They can also give you advice on how to improve your writing before you submit your assessments. International Tutors offer pastoral care such as mentoring, coaching and acting as personal tutors.

For more information, please contact:

Landy Yang (Senior Lecturer/China Lead)

Hugh Aston 4.78

T: 0116 25777237

Sumeya Loonat (International Student Tutor)

Hugh Aston 0.30b


T: 0116 2078484

Di Zhang (International Student Tutor)

Hugh Aston 0.30b


T: 0116 2556679

Dr Xiaozhe Cai (International Student Tutor)

Hugh Aston 0.30b


T:0116 2506031


There are lots of books, DVDs, CDs in the library available for you to borrow which can help you with your English. Browse the DVD collection on the Lower Ground Floor of the Kimberlin Library or books on the First and Second Floor. Reading fiction is also a great and enjoyable way to improve your English so do borrow from our Leisure Reading Collection on the Ground Floor of the Kimberlin Library

What is proof reading?

Proof reading refers to checking your work for grammar, spelling and punctuation errors.It is an important step of your assignment writing process.

Proof reading at DMU

De Montfort University strongly advises against the use of professional proof reading services, or proof reading by third parties (such as friends or relatives). This is because proof reading is an integral part of your writing process and you should take responsibility for it.

Formal Regulations covering the use of proof reading on research programmes can be found at the link below:

Post Graduate Research Programmes

Support to develop your Proof Reading skills

 1.CELL (Centre for English Language Learning) provides free English classes to all international students. Please make sure you contact CELL to sign up for your class.

 2.The Centre for Learning and Study Skills has developed:


Online Dictionaries

Provides translation in English, Spanish, French, Italian, Chinese, Russian, as well as definitions, synonyms, conjugations etc.

Free online bilingual language dictionaries for English to many other languages.

English Lessons and Tutorials

Includes tutorials and interactive exercises

Free English learning resources from the BBC

Cambridge Exam Preparation

Provides exam-focused, self-study resources that help you prepare for your FCE, CAE or CPE exam

Includes materials to help you prepare for the exam

Useful Shelfmarks

Books about the same subject are assigned the same number. You'll find the number on the spine of each book; we call this the shelfmark. Here is a selection of shelfmarks for English language learning:

421 English Pronunciation

423 English Dictionaries

425 English Grammar

428.1 English Vocabulary

428.24 English as a foreign language

428.64 Easy readers