Learn English for Academic Purposes (LEAP) offers a range of free English language courses, help and support, that you can benefit from while studying at the University of Salford. The offering is designed to support your academic English development so that your work is of a higher quality.

Why study LEAP?

  • English language competency in reading, writing, listening and speaking enhances the quality of your academic work, which is crucial for success during your study at the University of Salford.

  • Highly competent English language communicators are more highly valued by employers, whichever country you plan to work in when you graduate.

  • Learning alongside both native and non-native speakers helps you interact with people from different backgrounds and enables you to make new friends, and this has a positive impact on your mental wellbeing.

  • Activities are designed to be interactive, so that you can practise your skills and integrate more effectively with your peers, tutors, and wider academic communities.

The learning process

LEAP gives you the opportunity to develop your academic English language skills, so that your academic work is of a higher quality. The classes are student-centred and interactive, allowing you to practise your skills.

Depending on the course you choose, you will develop academic fluency for speaking, listening, reading or writing, through class work, incorporating individual work, pair work and group work.  

Class contact is two hours per week, with extra practice materials and activities provided through the Blackboard virtual learning environment.

You can also benefit from dedicated learning space in the Language Resource Centre on the 9th floor of the Maxwell Building.

We do not have any formal assessments, but we do lots of informal activities in each class, so that you can monitor your progress and receive feedback from your tutor and peers.

How to apply

Complete the online application form.

If you would like to change your course, or are unable to attend, please contact us at LEAP@salford.ac.uk

Fees, terms and conditions

LEAP is completely free of charge! The only thing we ask of you is that you attend every session that you have booked onto, unless there is a valid reason for absence (such as illness). 

Please be aware that we may have to cancel, suspend or terminate a course if any circumstances beyond our control prevent or delay its delivery (including but not limited to staff shortage) or if participant numbers fall below a sustainable/viable level. By completing your booking on the course you are deemed to accept these terms and conditions.