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Durham Centre for Academic Development

About the Department

The Durham Centre for Academic Development (DCAD) provides high quality English language teaching expertise for students at all levels; pre-university entry, undergraduate and postgraduate. DCAD also plays a central role in enhancing the experience of both home and international students

Having such tailor-made programmes is an important part of the DCAD's development plans over the next few years and with increasing numbers of international students coming to Durham, these courses have a significant role in the University's Internationalisation agenda

Year Round English Language Programme

The Centre offers a year round pre-university entry level English for Academic and General Study programme at different levels

Summer Pre-sessional English Language Support

For students with offers from Durham University departments there are one, two and three month pre-sessional programmes over the summer, plus 22 and 32 week programmes beginning in April and January respectively. The pre-sessional programme is one of the few in the UK to be validated by the British Association of Lecturers in English for Academic Purposes (BALEAP)

Academic Language and Literacy Support

The Centre also runs a very successful year round programme of Academic Language and Communication courses for students studying at the University and a one-to-one consultation service whereby students can receive an individual consultation about a piece of work.

Postgraduate Study

The Centre has two MA programmes in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and Applied Linguistics for TESOL

Undergraduate Modules

At undergraduate level we offer Everyday English Discourse, a module which is designed specifically for Erasmus and exchange students, and English Language Teaching which is open to all undergraduate students