Sussex Centre for Language Studies

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The Sussex Centre for Language Studies at the University of Sussex

The Sussex Centre for Language Studies offers a wide range of courses and modules throughout the calendar year in English Language, English Language Teaching and Modern Foreign Languages. The Centre is responsible for delivering undergraduate degrees in Modern Languages and English Language Teaching courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

We are proud to be members of the Association of University Language Communities in the UK and Ireland (AULC) and the Confédération Européenne des Centres de Langues de l'Enseignement Supérieur(CercleS).

About the Foundation Year Programme Team at the University of Sussex

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The University of Sussex’s Central Foundation Year Programme have won a 2019 Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE).

The Foundation Year Programme Team at the
University of Sussex

"The Central Foundation Years Programme at the University of Sussex is an innovative cross-disciplinary collaboration supporting student transitions into higher education. It does this through creative initiatives in holistic pastoral/academic support, integrating technology to support transitions and, crucially, working with students-as-partners. This has led to greater access, student choice and excellent outcomes for a diverse student body."
From the CATE website

Our Foundation Year prepares students to enter Year 1 of a Sussex degree with a head start. Students gain essential skills in critical analysis, developing arguments and self-expression through a dedicated programme of support and development. The work students do on the Academic Development module is supported by this Academic Writing Guide.

Foundation Year courses are a brilliant opportunity for students to fulfil their potential while they’re learning the skills required by a top university like Sussex.
Chantal Irtelli
English and A-level Academic Leader

Student views of the
Academic Development
module (Foundation Years)

About this Website

This website has been designed and developed based on the original material from the University of Sussex's Online Academic Writing Guide housed within the courses internal VLE. It has been repurposed and designed by:

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Sue Robbins
Senior Teaching Fellow
Sue is a Senior Teaching Fellow in the Sussex Centre for Language Studies and delivers a range of modules/courses to foundation year, under- and post-graduate home and International students, and to pre- and in-service teachers (home and international).

MA Education (TESOL), Institute of Education, University of London.
Senior Fellow of the HEA (SFHEA)
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Chris O'Reilly
Language Learning Coordinator
Chris is a Language Learning Coordinator in the Sussex Centre for Language Studies.
Chris coordinators language learning materials and develops creative digital resources for the centre.

MA Digital Media,
London Metropolitan University
Fellow of the HEA (FHEA)

Meet the Students

Chloé, Adam, James and Nagi feature on many of these pages. All four were Foundation Year students and have since progressed to their chosen undergraduate degree at Sussex. In the videos that you'll find both here and in your Canvas site you'll hear them talking about their experience of working through the Academic Writing Guide and writing their first discursive essay.

Chloé Vanrapenbusch
Chloé Vanrapenbusch - Now studying BA English Language and Linguistics (Foundation Year 2018/19)
  Adam Cannell
Adam Cannell - Now studying Filmmaking BA (Foundation Year 2019/20)

James Bartoli-Edwards
James Bartoli-Edwards - Now studying BA Philosophy, Politics and Economics (Foundation Year 2017/18)
Nagi Driias - Now graduated from the University of Sussex with a BA in International Relations and Development (Foundation Year 2015/16).

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