English Language Teaching Unit

Social events and activities

The ELTU organises a number of free social activities and events for full-time students. In addition, students have access to the full range of events and leisure facilities offered by the University of Leicester. Please note that the range of activities available may vary depending on the time of year.

English CLUB

English CLUB is an opportunity for students to meet new people, practise their speaking, use new vocabulary, and make mistakes in a friendly atmosphere. Students from all presessional modules are invited, and staff also attend. English CLUB runs most Fridays from 2.00pm to 4.00pm during term-time.

Presessional Reading Circle

The Presessional Reading Circle runs one lunchtime a week during term-time. Students read a short story, article or part of a novel before discussing characters, ideas, themes and vocabulary. Students who have come to the reading circle say that ‘it is like an express class’ with the chance to practise all your English skills.


Newspod is a chance for students to find out about something happening in the news and practise their listening and speaking skills at the same time. The Newspod activity consists of a podcast recording, with a dialogue and vocabulary list, that students can listen to on a particular subject in the news, and then a lunchtime session with other classmates in which students can discuss that topic.

Attenborough Arts Centre

Attenborough Arts Centre is the University of Leicester's arts centre. It runs a year-round programme of events covering a wide range of art forms, including classical music, jazz, dance, comedy, theatre, live art, children's theatre, crafts, the written word and visual arts. There is also a café where you can relax and have a drink or a snack. It is located just a few minutes walk from the ELTU.

University of Leicester gym

Active students can purchase a membership and make the most of the University's sporting facilities located on campus and in the Oadby Student Village. Your membership will give you access to the gym 7 days a week as well as most bank holidays*. More information can be found from Sport and Active Life.

*Bank holiday opening and closing times are subject to change. Please check with the facility for details.

University of Leicester Students' Union

The University's Student's Union runs a programme of social events and is home to a large number of student clubs and societies.

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