Workshops for Universities and Further Education Colleges

Intitot? Language awareness when working with international students


Target audience: All academic and support staff who work with international students


 “I find my English level is not high enough to follow the teachers”. Despite meeting the university’s English language entry requirements, understanding the English spoken by native speakers, such as the lecturer and classmates, is one of the main challenges for international students studying in the UK.


This interactive workshop investigates some of the aspects of the English language which can make listening to it so challenging for the non-native speaker. Is it the native-speaker’s accent, the words they use, their pronunciation? Or is it because of the nature of the English language itself? Through the use of some very practical exercises and discussion, you will gain first-hand experience of some of the difficulties which your international students may face. The workshop will also provide practical tips for use both inside and outside the classroom to improve communication between staff and international students. You may be surprised at just how complex the English language is.



Intitot? Language and intercultural awareness for effective communication in the UK or overseas


Target audience: All academic and support staff who work with international students, international partners overseas or in a multicultural or international staff team in the UK


Do you work with international students? Do you work with educational partners overseas? Or do you work in a multicultural staff team in the UK?


Through the use of fun, practical exercises in this interactive workshop, you will gain first-hand experience of some of the language and cultural difficulties you may face when working in an international environment in the UK or overseas. We will also discuss some practical ideas and tips for improving everyday communication. You may be surprised at just how complex the English language is.



Put yourself in their shoes. Understanding life and study in the UK from an international student’s perspective


Target audience: Academic and support staff who work with international students in the UK


This interactive workshop puts participants in “an international student’s shoes”. After discussing challenges which may arise when working with international students, we will share practical and immediately implementable ways of supporting them on their journey towards enjoyment and success on their chosen course.



Expectations and Reality  – What level of English should staff expect of international students with IELTS 6.0?


Target audience: All academic, admissions and quality team staff who work with international students or who process international student course applications


Do international students typically require “IELTS 6.0 or equivalent” to gain a place on your undergraduate or postgraduate degrees?  What is IELTS and what does IELTS 6.0 actually mean in practice? What level of English can lecturers expect of international or EU students with this level of English? How might/should the English used in assignments affect lecturers’ marking of international students’ work? What Academic English language support is available to international students to support them in their studies?


Through a range of practical activities, this interactive workshop gives you the opportunity to consider staff and student expectations of international students’ English and gain a greater insight into the type of mistakes that international students with an IELTS 6.0 level of English might make. The session also offers a set of guidelines for staff to help bridge any gaps between staff’s expectations and the reality. 



Benefit or Burden? The benefits and challenges of working with international students


Target audience: All academic and support staff who work with international students


Are your international students always perceived as a benefit adding to the diversity within your institution, or are they sometimes seen by some as a necessary burden? This interactive workshop discusses the benefits of having international students on your courses and campuses. It also considers some of the challenges which may arise for staff in meeting your international students’ needs and expectations, and offers practical and immediately implementable solutions.



Supporting international students as a personal tutor


Target audience: Personal tutors, course administrators and all academic staff interested in supporting international students beyond the classroom


How can the personal tutor best help international students to adapt to study and life in the UK? What type of information and support do international students need at each of the different stages of their study journey? This interactive workshop gives you the opportunity to experience and discuss some of the different feelings and experiences that international students may have. From the impact of arrival, to beginning their course, to preparing for lectures, seminars and assessments, to dealing with everyday life, you will discover practical ways in which you can help your international students to adapt to living and studying here, so that they can more easily meet your course requirements and be successful in their studies.



The international student journey – preparing for and adapting to life and study in the UK


Target audience: All staff who work with international students in the UK


This interactive workshop takes participants through the international student’s experience of studying in the UK. It covers their study journey from the pre-arrival stage to the impact of arrival and starting studying in the UK, as well as looking at ways in which you can help your international students to adapt to living and studying here, so that they can more easily meet your course requirements.



Supervising International Students


Target audience: All academic staff who work with international students, particularly academic supervisors for assignments such as dissertations


This interactive workshop looks at ways of managing expectations in the relationship between the international student and their supervisor and provides participants with a forum to share their questions and experiences.



How to become a Centre of Excellence in your British Council inspection


Target audience: Directors of Studies, Heads and staff of university or Further Education college English Language Teaching centres planning a British Council (re)accreditation inspection 


How and when should you start preparing for a British Council (re)accreditation inspection? What are the key elements of successful preparation? How can you best prepare for the actual inspection visit itself? These are some of the questions which will be answered in this interactive workshop for any English language school, university or Further Education college English language centre intending to become accredited or re-accredited by the British Council.


The workshop will give practical advice and support based on my experiences of leading Leeds Beckett University’s English Language Teaching department through two very successful inspections. In 2011 the University gained 8 points of excellence, placing it top in the UK regarding the quality of the student experience (EL Gazette), and in 2015 it achieved an outstanding 10 strengths. We will look at various aspects of the one-year preparation process including the documentation preparation and collation and the active involvement of all relevant staff within the context of your specific organisation.



Why do employers like people who can speak another language?


Target audience: Anyone who speaks more than one language;  students of English as a Foreign Language; Year 10 and Year 11 school pupils who are considering studying a language at A Level.


“The only job you can do with languages is teacher or translator”. This commonly held misconception affects how many people choose to study a language in the UK, yet many UK businesses feel that their international business and exports are being held back because of a lack of language skills. Although teaching and translating can be very satisfying career choices (I’ve personally done both of them), this interactive workshop will highlight all the qualities and skills which speakers of more than one language can offer in the workplace. You have so much more to offer an employer than your language skills. A little knowledge of another language can go a long way.



The Characteristics of the Good Language Learner


Target audience: Anyone currently learning or interested in learning another language


Do good language learners have certain characteristics in common? If so, which? How might knowledge about such characteristics help us to become better language learners?

Based on my own and others’ experience and strategies as a language learner this interactive workshop offers practical tips to help you to learn another language as quickly, easily and efficiently as possible. You may be surprised at how much difference a few language learning strategies can make to your ability to communicate in another language!




  • Language awareness

  • Intercultural awareness

  • Put yourself in an international student's shoes

  • What level of English should staff expect of students with IELTS 6.0?

  • International students - benefit or burden?

  • Support from the personal tutor

  • The international student journey

  • Supervising international students 

  • British Council inspection preparation

  • Why language graduates are attractive to employers

  • Characteristics of the good language learner




  • All staff who work with international students

  • Academic staff

    • lecturers

    • personal tutors

    • course leaders

  • Course administrators

  • International Office staff

  • Admissions Office staff

  • University Quality Team staff

  • Heads of English Language Centres/Directors of Studies

  • Language degree students and graduates



Dawn Leggott BA, MEd, DipTEFLA, APD, FHEA

Dawn Leggott Consulting Ltd

Skype: dawn.leggott




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