Language support

Last changed: 19 September 2017
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Do you have a written assignment or an oral presentation coming up? Whether it is a literature review, a lab report, your thesis or an abstract for a conference, you may need support and feedback.

The Language support provides support for students preparing a written or oral presentation, in Swedish or English. Pay us a visit during our drop-in hours, or make an appointment with a language tutor. You will find instructions for making appointments at the different campuses below. 

We can help you with

  • Getting started, overcoming "writer's block" or "speech fright"
  • A work plan
  • Language and style
  • Structure and outline
  • Abstract technique
  • Opportunity to practice and get feedback on your oral presentation skills
  • Study technique

What we cannot do is help you choose content, or proofread your text. Our support is intended to serve as an aid to self-help. You can also make an appointment with a tutor when you start planning your text or your oral presentation, before you have a text to discuss. If you need special support, for example due to dyslexia or a neuropsychiatric disability, you can apply for learning support.

Drop-in

If you only want to ask a short question or two, you're welcome during our drop-in hours. Hours depend on which campus you are at:

Umeå: Thursdays 14-16, Academic Resource Centre, Umeå University library
Uppsala: Wednesdays 13-16 (from 27 sep), the Studylab room at the SLU University Library
Alnarp: Wednesdays 13-15 (from 13 sep), the Adonis room at the SLU University Library

One-to-one sessions

  • We need your text or presentation, or your plan, at least 24 hours before your appointment.
  • Include any instructions you have received for the assignment.
  • Describe what kind of help you want.
  • Each session is 45 minutes long.
  • During the session, you discuss parts of your text together with the tutor.
  • You can book up to three sessions for each text/presentation.
  • Remember to bring your own copy of the text or script, either printed or on a computer.

How to make an appointment

Opening hours and booking procedures vary slightly depending on which campus you're studying at:

Umeå

In Umeå, you can book a tutor at the Academic Resource Centre (ARC) at Umeå University

  • Send a mail to studieverkstad@umu.se. State your phonenumber, name, degree programme, semester and that you are an SLU student. Make sure to book well in advance, preferably at least a week.
  • Describe what aspects of your writing you want help with.
  • Enclose your text or presentation, or your plan. We need your text no later than 8.00 the day before your appointment, unless otherwise agreed.
  • Enclose the instructions you have received for the assignment, and explain if there is any aspect of the assignment you find particularly difficult.
  • Remember to bring a copy of the text or script yourself, as a printout or on your computer.
  • If you cannot make your appointment, please let us know.

SLU-students in Umeå are also welcome to attend the open lectures or make use of the walk-in service at the ARC. For more information, see the ARC calendar.

Alnarp

Drop-in hours, no appointment needed:

  • Wednesdays 13-15 (from 13 sep), the Adonis room at the SLU University Library
  • If you have started your writing, please include the text you want help with and instructions for the assignment.

Uppsala

  • Email language-support@slu.se to book a tutorial. State your name, degree programme and semester. Make sure to book well in advance, preferably at least a week.
  • Describe what aspects of your writing you want help with.
  • Enclose your text or presentation, or your plan. We need your text at least 24 hours before your appointment.
  • Enclose the instructions you have received for the assignment, and explain if there is any aspect of the assignment you find particularly difficult.
  • Remember to bring a copy of the text or script yourself, as a printout or on your computer.
  • If you cannot make your appointment, please let us know.

If you only want to ask a short question or two, you are welcome during our drop-in hours:
Wednesdays 13-16 in the Studylab room at the SLU University Library.

Skinnskatteberg

Tutorials take place over the web with a tutor at SLU in Uppsala.
You can borrow a headset and a webcam at the service desk.

  • Email language-support@slu.se to book a tutorial. State your name, degree programme and semester. Make sure to book well in advance, preferably at least a week.
  • Describe what aspects of your writing you want help with.
  • Enclose your text or presentation, or your plan. We need your text at least 24 hours before your appointment.
  • Enclose the instructions you have received for the assignment, and explain if there is any aspect of the assignment you find particularly difficult.
  • Remember to bring a copy of the text or script yourself, as a printout or on your computer.
  • If you cannot make your appointment, please let us know.

Flyinge, Wången and Strömsholm

Tutorials take place over the web with a tutor at SLU in Uppsala.
You can borrow a headset and a webcam from the Director of study.

  • Email language-support@slu.se to book a tutorial. State your name, degree programme and semester. Make sure to book well in advance, preferably at least a week.
  • Describe what aspects of your writing you want help with.
  • Enclose your text or presentation, or your plan. We need your text at least 24 hours before your appointment.
  • Enclose the instructions you have received for the assignment, and explain if there is any aspect of the assignment you find particularly difficult.
  • Remember to bring a copy of the text or script yourself, as a printout or on your computer.
  • If you cannot make your appointment, please let us know.
Facts:

Please note that the language tutors do not revise entire texts, proofread or approve/pass texts. The tutorial is intended as a 'help you help yourself'. If you need special support, for example because you have dyslexia or a neuropsychiatric disability, you can apply for special educational support.

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