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Durham Centre for Academic Development

Academic Language and Literacy Support

The Academic Language Support programmes are designed to help you make the most of your time at Durham University. We offer a wide range of options to enhance and develop your skills.

Academic Language and Communication (ALC) Courses

Focusing on helping you enhance and develop the academic skills you need to succeed in your degree programme, as well as discovering how to use academic language more effectively.

Academic Writing Unit

Providing specialised academic writing support to departments

One-to-one consultations

Discuss academic writing and academic language issues on a individual basis with one of our tutors

For further information

You can meet us at various locations during Induction Week and throughout October to discuss how we can help you, come to the Durham Centre for Academic Development (Dunelm House) to check the noticeboard and pick up information, or email us at

Message from the Head of Teaching and Learning

'Through our highly qualified and expert staff, the English Language Centre provides the highest quality support and academic programmes for students at Durham University. We provide diverse and targeted support for international students in particular, but our expertise and years of experience are also applied in our MA programmes, teacher training and preparatory Pre-sessional courses. Whether you are a home or international student at the University, we look forward to meeting you and hope you will come to us if you need academic writing and literacy support.'