Developing your English

Develop confidence in English language skills.

Independent study English language materials

Edinburgh University’s English Language Education department provides self-study learning materials on ways to improve English knowledge and skills alongside academic advice. 

The topics covered include academic writing, grammar and presentations, plus advice such as reading and discussing academic texts and writing exam answers. There are modules on speaking and writing English as well as listening and note taking.

The resources are available to University of Edinburgh students from the link below.

English Language Education - independent study English language materials (EASE access required)

English Language Education

English language courses and support

English Language Education also offer a range of courses for students whose first language is not English.

ELE courses

The Graduate Writing Centre offers postgraduate students one-to-one sessions to discuss specific areas of academic writing with an English for Academic Purposes expert.

Graduate Writing Centre

The language challenge

Non-native speakers of English new to studying in the UK may find working through the language challenge on the Prepare for Success website helpful. 

On the site international students and tutors talk about typical language challenges students face when they first arrive. 

Prepare for Success: The language challenge (external site)