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  • Make sure you choose a suitable course. Don't be too ambitious. OU Openings courses and Level 1 courses for undergraduates have language support built into them, so you can continue to develop your skills while you study a subject you’re interested in. Many English-speaking students also need support in developing the language skills associated with a particular subject, and these courses help everyone get a good start.
  • You could take English for Academic Purposes online (L185), a Level 1 course that helps develop your skills of reading, writing and speaking in academic English. L185 can be taken as part of a degree programme in a range of subjects. It focuses on developing your academic English, using material from a range of OU courses.
  • You could spend some time improving your English on your own before you begin study with the OU. The Resources page includes several useful online sites to help you with this.
  • You could download a copy of the booklet Studying with The OU: UK Learning Approach (OU students only) to learn more about the cultural differences you might find when studying in English. It is good to be prepared for these, as the relationship you have with your tutor, and UK academic conventions, may differ from those you’re used to .

If you have unanswered questions about your English language then ask for help and advice from an adviser on 0300 303 5303. You might also be able to arrange to visit a local office to look at course materials and typical assignment questions.