Welcome to the English Language Unit (ELU)

Keele’s ELU provides individual and group language and academic skills guidance for international students at all levels—whether undergraduate, postgraduate, foundation year or PhD researchers, from beginners to near-native speakers.  Our credit-bearing modules are designed to help students develop the skills essential for success with their studies and research, and bookable ‘One-to-One’ tutorials ensure as-needed, personalised English language support year-round.

The ELU also runs core modules for students on the Humanities, Social Science, International and International Foundation Programme, a teacher training course leading to the Trinity College London CertTESOL (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), the Keele Pre-sessional Academic English Programme, modules in British cultural studies and intercultural communication and, in conjunction with Keele’s Global Education Team, short on-site language and culture programmes for overseas partner universities.

Note: All ELU classes are restricted to 20 students maximum.


Undergraduate Modules

15-credit electives modules at a range of levels focus on the specific language and academic skills required for undergraduate study.  Options include English for Academic Purposes (EAP), Academic English for Business (AEB) and Academic English for Science Students.  International students may also be interested in our popular British Cultural Studies module, and students planning a semester or year abroad will want to enrol in Intercultural Communication for Study Abroad.

For further details please click the links below.


Postgraduate Modules

For international postgraduates, the English Language Unit provides a range of modules at various levels, each specifically designed to meet the needs of postgraduate students and researchers and scheduled at times that are convenient to them.  

Modules focus on developing the language and academic skills international postgraduate students and researchers will rely upon for success on their degree programmes, including writing and research skills, avoiding plagiarism, handling large quantities of reading, spoken expression and understanding British academic conventions.

Modules are offered on a 1- or 2-semester basis and enrolment is made by recommendation of the English Language Unit.  There are no additional fees for these modules and a Certificate of Completion is awarded to successful candidates at the conclusion of each module. 

For enrolment enquiries please contact the ELU Postgraduate Administrator (elu@keele.ac.uk).

Click here to view a video detailing Postgraduate English Language study.

Foundation Year

Foundation Year Classes

The English Language Unit provides core modules for students on the Humanities, Social Sciences and General Foundation Year programmes to guide these students in developing the writing and academic skills they will need for success on their chosen principal courses.  Topics covered include essay writing and research skills, seminar discussion strategies and oral presentation skills. 

  • Introduction to Writing for Humanities and Social Sciences Students
  • Seminar Skills for Humanities and Social Sciences Students

 Click here for further details.


For more information about these and other Foundation Year programmes at Keele please click here.

International Foundation Year

For information about Keele’s International Foundation Programmes and modules contributed by the English Language Unit, please click here.