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English Language Centre

Facilities and Student Support


The English Language Centre is located in Dunelm House, situated along the banks of the River Wear, in a central location between most colleges and the main city centre. The department provides its postgraduate students with a range of facilities including:

  • a selection of ELT reading materials, including monthly copies of journals and official publications. These are provided for student use and can be borrowed from the department.
  • a departmentally subsidised Document Delivery Service (provided by the University Library).

All students studying on the MA TESOL or MA Applied Linguistics for TESOL will be assigned an academic tutor whose role it is to help students with general academic issues or the progress of their studies. They will also provide advice and guidance about opportunities for postgraduate work.

Student Support

Durham University provides its postgraduate students with a range of resources to help support their learning and academic progress. These resources include the following:

Libraries and Archives

The University Library provides students with a wide range of online collections, including journals, e-books and access to other major databases. Postgraduate students can borrow up to 30 books at one time for up to 90 days. The library also participates in the SCONUL Access scheme which allows students to apply to use resources at over 180 other universities in the UK and Ireland.

The English Language Centre has a library representative Mamtimyn Sunoudula who is available to offer help and answer any queries regarding TESOL related library issues.

The University has five main library locations across Durham and Queen's campuses. The main University libraries in Durham are the Bill Bryson and Palace Green libraries. Additional library support can be found in Durham colleges which also provide study space.

Open Access Centre

The Open Access Centre is a resources library and is useful particularly for EFL teaching materials. It has a large variety of print-based, audio and audio-visual facilities for language learning. You can use the Centre to support your course learning or try to get to grips with a language of your own. Assistants are on hand to help.

All postgraduate students can borrow up to 5 books at one time and they can keep them for 2 weeks before having to renew.

In-sessional English Language

The English Language Centre's In-sessional Academic Language and Literacy Courses also provide students across the University with support in all areas of their academic English language. The courses are designed to help students make the transition from studying in their own countries to studying in the UK. The In-sessional programme also offers students one-to-one consultations where students can meet with a tutor and discuss a difficulty relating to their academic English language performance.

Durham University Service for Students with Disabilities (DUSSD)

Where needed Durham University Service for Students with Disabilities offers support to students across the University who have a recognised disability, a specific learning difference, a medical condition or a mental health problem which impacts upon their ability to participate fully in university life.

Counselling Service

The Counselling Service offers a high standard of service in counselling for those who are finding that their difficulties are hard to manage and/or affecting their studies.