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Academic Literacy Development Centre
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Academic Literacy Development Centre

The Academic Literacy Development Centre (ALDC) works to help UNNC students develop their use of the English language for academic study, research, and publication.



Academic Literacy Development Centre

The ALDC writing centre provides in-sessional English language and study skills support for undergraduate, postgraduate-taught, and postgraduate-research students. This support is delivered by experienced CELE tutors through lectures, workshops, and one-to-one advising. One of the central aims of the ALDC is to build and maintain close relationships with faculties, as to understand the requirements for communication within their disciplines, and provide bespoke in-sessional support based on both individual and ensemble student needs. As such, provision is coordinated through four ‘strands’ that correspond to UNNC’s academic faculty structure: humanities and social sciences, science and engineering, business, and the graduate school. While the bulk of ALDC work concerns student writing, the centre also supports students in developing their reading, speaking, and listening skills.


Academic Literacy Development Centre Mission Statement

The ALDC Writing Centre provides support for the improvement of English after the preliminary year at UNNC. Our mission is to provide institution-wide learning opportunities to empower anyone at UNNC to improve their use of English in academic contexts. We concentrate on how we can learn to use English more effectively and how to solve the problems we have when we use the language, rather than the correction of surface errors. The Centre is staffed by experienced CELE staff with a diverse range of specialties in teaching English for academic purposes. These staff provide:

  • Support for producing better written documents – our focus is on changing writers, not documents
  • Support for improving other key aspects of English communication – speaking, listening, and reading
  • Support for developing your abilities in English independently – we can guide you to get the most from The Learning Hub

To do these things, we offer workshops, lectures, and individualized support that focuses on:

  • Identifying features of English discourse in specific disciplines and contexts
  • Building stronger discourse communities at UNNC
  • Considering users of the centre as both individuals and members of our academic community
  • Fostering independent learning and thinking through Learning Hub and online resources
  • Developing reflective practices concerning language use

Faculty, students, and staff are welcome to use our services no matter what their level of proficiency in English. As developing language skills is an evolutionary process, we suggest you visit us as soon as you can.


ALDC Learning Hub, Trent Building 105

The Learning Hub, successor to the Self-Access Centre, contains a large collection of books, audio, video and online self-study materials to improve your ability to study, research, and publish in English.

The Learning Hub is located in the library (Trent Building 105) and has the same opening hours.

It is open to all UNNC students. EAP tutors are available at times during the day from Monday to Friday to offer advice about how to use these resources to learn in your own time at your own pace:

  • Dictionaries                 
  • English for the Sciences
  • English for Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Grammar
  • Listening
  • Oral Presentations
  • Pronunciation
  • Reading
  • Research Methods
  • Speaking
  • Study Skills
  • Test Practice
  • Vocabulary
  • Writing
  • Graded Readers: simplified versions of famous stories from literature and non-fiction


Self-enroll in the Academic Literacy Development Centre section on Moodle for more details from Monday 5th September 2016.

For more information,please vist our site on Moodle or send an email to