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Course Overview

Course Overview

The English language support programme runs termly during the academic year from October to July. There are no workshops or supervisions out of term unless otherwise agreed in advance with your Language Unit English supervisor.


The Language Unit’s English programme offers free English support for all non-native MPhil by Research and PhD students plus Postdocs from the Department of Engineering.  If you have any questions about eligibility please contact Lisa Morrow,

English language consultations (weekly drop-in hours: Wednesdays, 11am -12pm)

Drop in to the Language Unit and meet with Nicola Cavaleri ( to discuss your English needs, receive guidance on signing up for aspects of the English programme, ask questions, share feedback or obtain advice on language learning strategies.

Writing for Engineers courses

The writing courses support Engineers in excelling in their writing. They cover structure, accuracy and style relevant to Engineers’ academic writing. 

Speaking: courses (one course per term; seven sessions in each course)

  • Fluency and Appropriacy (Michaelmas term)
  • Pronunciation (Lent term)
  • Giving Presentations in English (Easter term)

Grammar for speaking and writing: individual workshops

Three workshops revise the use of the articles, tenses, basic conditionals and modal verbs.

Intercultural Communication workshops

This series of workshops aims to equip English native speaking and non-English native speaking Engineering students and postdocs with intercultural competency, which is a growing area of importance in the global Engineering market.

Working with Colleagues

Research shows that Engineers exercise their communication skills most with colleagues. This series of workshops addresses various aspects essential to this domain of communication. 

Boosting your employability

Research has identified that the ability to verbally express ideas clearly and the capacity to work confidently in a group are the two key skills for employability.  This series of workshops focuses on aspects of these skills most pertinent to Engineers at Cambridge.

Individual supervisions

Speaking practice