Frequently Asked Questions

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    Is attendance of In-sessional English courses compulsory?

    The classes are not usually compulsory, although regular attendance throughout the academic year is recommended if you wish to improve your English significantly. Learning new skills takes time and patience. In other words, be realistic and don’t expect miracles after one or two classes!

    Will I have to take English tests if I attend classes?

    In-sessional English classes do not normally involve any assessments. They are solely intended to support you throughout your main study programme by helping you to improve your academic English and study skills.

    When do the classes take place?

    Classes are available throughout the academic year at a range of times during the week. In the case of Academic Language and Skills classes, times are agreed with your department so that you will be free to attend and they will not interfere with your main programme of study. 

    Do I need to register?

    There is no need to register for our Academic Language and Skills classes. If you wish to attend a class you simply go to the appropriate room at the time indicated on your timetable. 

    For our other classes you will need to register for each session via the appropriate link on our website.

    How can I find further information?

    Most information can be found on our homepage.

    You can also email us with specific enquiries at or visit the English Language Centre in person – we are situated on the ground floor of 1-7 Abercromby Square.

    Can I comment on or complain about my ISE classes?

    We are happy to hear your views on the English support classes, whether positive or negative.  The normal way to make comments is by completing the online student evaluation survey.  You will receive information about this by email at the end of each semester.

    If, however, you wish to make a comment or complaint at any other time, please communicate this either to your course tutor; the ISE Senior Academic Lead, David Gould (; or the ELC Director Michelle Dwyer (  either in person or by email  We assure you that any comments or complaints will be treated seriously and be dealt with fairly and promptly.

    Do I need to pay for ISE classes?

    No - all ISE classes are free of charge.