The purpose of the TLDC Self Access Centre (SAC) is to
encourage student teachers to take an active role in improving their English
language skills through independent self-learning, attending workshops and
consultations with a tutor.
The TLDC-SAC will provide the resources that
students can use for self-improvement in the areas of grammar usage, academic
writing, conducting research as well as oral presentations.
opening hours and timing of consultations will be decided each semester after
the main timetable is established and based on staff and CELS and LEADs
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Consultation sessions are by appointment and are 20 minutes each.
Students should come to a consultation well before an assignment is due, so as
to give themselves plenty of time to make changes after the session. If there
are no consultations scheduled for a particular day, students may talk to the
lecturer on site on a drop-in basis.
Consultations can also help
students develop the following skills:
- Communication skills: oral presentations and English pronunciation. Students
can practice their oral presentation and receive feedback on their language use
- Academic language and writing: vocabulary, grammar, style, essay structure,
and appropriate use of sources. For instance, students can learn strategies for
editing, avoiding plagiarism, and using of referencing styles such as
We can also help students with feedback related to language use
that they may have received from their course tutors. Course tutors may
recommend that students arrange to attend consultation sessions for language
- While we will not edit or proofread students’ work, we will help them become
better editors or proofreaders of their own work. We will identify areas of
weakness, discuss these with the students and refer them to relevant resources.
We may also recommend practice activities.
- As our focus is language improvement, we will help with advising on reading
strategies, but not with course content. We will also not advise on take-home
- We plan to limit students to 4 appointments a semester, depending on
- Students can have one appointment per week
- 24 hours notice is needed if students cancel their appointments.
Cancellation on the same day will count as one of the four appointments.
- Latecomers will not be given extra time with the tutor.
- If a student misses an appointment, it will also be counted as one of the
- Reports will be kept on students’ consultation sessions and will be
available for tutor’s reference.
- Students can also be recommended to the SAC by their tutor.