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International students: English Language Support

English language support is available online

The Centre for English Language Learning (CELL) offers Academic English support to all international students at DMU. 


English for Academic Success

English for Academic Success is the Centre for English Language Learning's  English language support programme for undergraduate and postgraduate students.

This course will be taught wholly online and includes a weekly video and worksheet covering an academic English topic (see below for more info), as well as a live one hour lesson in MS Teams. You can follow the video and try the worksheet in your own time before the live lesson.

The live lesson itself will cover some of the content from the video and will contain group discussions on a range of issues to help boost your confidence in seminar and other speaking skills useful for your ongoing course.

These are the topics the course will cover in the first five weeks:

  • Week 1 Writing and academic style (1)
  • Week 2 Reference and citation – Harvard System (1)
  • Week 3 Summarising, paraphrasing and avoiding plagiarism (1)
  • Week 4 Summarising and paraphrasing (2)
  • Week 5 Recap and consolidation: reference, citation, paraphrasing, summarising


Proof Reading

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 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. For these reasons, DMU does not recommend or provide a proof reading service. However, students are permitted to seek assistance with proof reading, with the prior agreement of module tutor.

For more details, consult the library's proof reading guide.

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: