English Language Centre: Supporting international students on campus

Abercromby Square

The University of Liverpool English Language Centre (ELC) has been supporting international students who don’t have English as their first language for more than 35 years.

The friendly team help their pre-sessional English students in Liverpool and online to improve their academic English, as well as continuing to support them once they have progressed onto their chosen degree.

Mark Ingarfield, Operations Manager of the ELC, said: “Studying internationally in a different language can be a daunting prospect for many so we do our utmost to ensure that our students – whether they are studying with us for just a few weeks or for a full academic year – feel at home, welcome and supported.

“We run a lot of activities alongside the academic framework to introduce our students to university life and what Liverpool as a city has to offer.”

Recently the ELC ran a sponsored campus run and bake sale, raising almost £400 for Children in Need. Pre-sessional English students were able to use the opportunity to chat to other students and passers-by and encourage them to support the charity efforts.

ELC students running charity bake sale

Image above shows ELC students Abdulaziz, Mousa, Mashal and Norah running the charity bake sale stall in aid of Children In Need. The team raised almost £400 for charity.

Current ELC student Mashal Battoyor from Saudi Arabia took part in the recent charity efforts. Commenting on the experience he said: “Being a part of society is a crucial part to learn any new language. It enables us to immerse all our senses to feel, see and contribute. No doubt that the Children in Need event was a wonderful opportunity to learn more about British culture and help children. It encourages us to expand our English language and meet new helpful people and great staff. As an international student in ELC, I found this event an unforgettable experience.”

To find out more about ELC and the support they offer, please view our webpages or contact elc@liverpool.ac.uk.

ELC charity bake sale