Preparatory English Language

Build your comfort, competence and confidence speaking and writing in academic English before beginning your LSE Summer School course

If you’d like to get your English Language skills to the next level before starting your Summer School course, we offer a week-long course in preparatory English just before the start of each session. 


This course offers students the opportunity to gain a practical understanding of the English language in an academic context. This course will help you take notes more efficiently during lectures and train your discussion skills, so you can be confident in expressing your knowledge during classes. Using a highly collaborative approach and different teaching styles during each of the lectures in the week, we hope to equip you with what you need to make the most out of your time at the LSE Summer School. By putting you in groups with peers who have elected to take similar courses to you, Preparatory English Language is also a great chance to learn and use subject-specific terms with your peers.

Unlike other Summer School courses, there is no graded assessment offered at the end of the course - the main aims of this course are: to help you develop a familiarity with teaching styles in the UK, and enhance your academic English. You will participate in a group presentation at the end of your course, to boost your confidence and practise your English speaking in front of groups, as presentations may be expected by some teachers on the Summer School courses.

We aim to help you feel as comfortable and prepared as possible when you begin your studies with us, and we understand it can be daunting to study in a new country. If you’d like a bit of support going into your LSE Summer School course, take a look at the LN101/LN102/LN103: Preparatory English courses and see if we can help you get ready for your world-class education.

As part of the English Preparatory course, an English Walking Tour is offered to students looking for an introduction to the city and an informal exercise of your English skills with your peers.

Hear what these students had to say about their experience adapting to speaking English:

Hear from Irakli, Anna and Yue


anna sulander

“In Finland, where I did my undergrad, we had massive lectures of around 300 students and people didn’t really ask any questions, and if you did ask a question it had to be relevant and concise. I’d only ever had seminars during my exchange year in Sweden, but other than that, class discussions were relatively new to me. It was really interesting, because I came from a background where this wasn’t widely practised. Initially, I was overwhelmed by my course mates’ ability to develop and defend their arguments in class, as I was more used to listening. I envied their quick responses and smart thinking. Later, I learned to appreciate my own slower and thoughtful approach – we are all different and I don’t think there’s a need to change the learning style that comes naturally to me."

Anna Sulander, International Political Economy, 2015


"My top tip for international students would be to not be shy and to be willing to start a conversation. Before arriving here, the thing I was most apprehensive about was starting a conversation – especially with people who have English as their first language. I couldn't help but envision some moments where I couldn’t come up with the right words or where I wouldn't be able to understand someone. But when I arrived, I found that everyone was so nice and that you just have to be open and willing to start a conversation – someone you talk to might become one of your best friends."

Yue Zang, Introduction to Econometrics, 2018



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