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EAP Insessional Support Programme

When you begin your studies we will still be on hand to give you advice and support throughout your time at LSE. This support is free and starts as soon as your course does!

Every student who needs support should register for their Academic cluster as soon as they can. These support classes are complemented throughout the year in a variety of ways.

What kind of Insessional support is available?

These courses are not credit bearing options. The English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Insessional Support Programme is intended for students for whom English is not a first language or for those who have not studied in English previously. The programme aims to:

  • Enhance confidence, fluency and competence in English for Academic and Specific Purposes;
  • practise the key language skills, with a particular emphasis on academic writing and speaking;
  • encourage independent learning;
  • improve associated and transferable skills such as: presentation, research and interpersonal skills;
  • act as a secure forum for subject related language activities maintaining the synergy between the Language Centre and a student's academic unit;

To allow us to deliver this programme of support most effectively we have divided Departments into 'academic clusters' (see tables below).

Academic Writing and Communication Skills

Every student, we recommend will benefit from support, should register for weekly classes, appropriate to them, covering all the aspects of Academic Writing and/or Academic Communication Skills they will need, specific to their Department, during their studies at LSE.

To find out more follow the link below for your Department. You can sign up for both or just one of the Academic Writing and Academic Communication Skills programmes for your Department.

Academic Clusters



Departmental Cluster

EAP Tutor



Economic History; European Institute; Government; International Relations; International History

Michael Beaney




Michael McGarvey



Accounting; Economics; Finance; Mathematics; Statistics

Christopher Sciberras



Media and Communications; Psychological and Behavioural Science

Jim Pavitt



Geography and Environment; International Development; Philosophy; Logic and Scientific Method

Simon Roberts



Anthropology; Gender Institute; Social Policy; Sociology

Sarah Taylor



Management & Methodology

Andrew Mitchell


LN989 Exam Writing Skills

LN989 Exam Writing Skills classes are run in the Summer Term and sign up for these sessions will open towards the end of the Lent Term.

To sign up for a sessions please use the LSE Training and Development system.

LN988 Thesis Writing and PhD Academy Surgeries

If you are a PhD student we have a course LN988 Thesis Writing. Classes start in the Michaelmas Term, run during the academic year and sign up for these sessions will open the first week of the Michaelmas Term. To sign up for these classes use the LSE Training and Development system.

We also hold sessions in the PhD Academy to provide help or advice on any aspect of your academic English writing/speaking/listening/reading.

For further details see PhD Academy.

LN900 Academic English for LSE100

LN900 Academic English for LSE100 is intended for first year undergraduate students from Finance, Accounting, Mathematics, Statistics and Economics for whom English is not a first language in preparation for LSE100 classes commencing in the Lent Term. Classes start in the Michaelmas Term, run during the academic year and sign up for these sessions will open the first week of the Michaelmas Term.

To sign up for these classes use the LSE Training and Development system.

What else is there?

If all you need is proofreading, have a look at our Additional Services. There is an online form to fill in to submit your work, alternatively come the Language Centre Reception to discuss your needs. We always give you an estimate of the time it will take to complete the task (on average 7 working days) and you must agree to the estimated price before work is started.

Though we hope to help everyone within our allocated budget, there may be times when either individuals or small groups would like some additional tailored support. This we can organise at advantageous rates for members of the LSE on either a group or individual basis. Please see the information on 1-2-1 and private group tuition for this option.

Language Learning Support

Please do not forget that there are members of staff always available to help with any enquiries with regards to improving any aspect of your language skills. See Language Learning Support for further details.

LSE's Personal Development Aide Memoire - PDAM

A way for LSE students to track activities and skills.

LSE's Personal Development Aide Memoire - PDAM - allows you to build a personalised record of the extra-curricular activities (including these language courses) you undertake during your time at LSE. A completed PDAM will enable you to provide information and evidence about how these activities have helped you develop skills in areas such as team working and communication, making it a useful reference for job applications, interviews and networking.