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International students: English language resources

Useful shelfmarks

Books about the same subject are assigned the same number. You'll find the number on the spine of each book; we call this the shelfmark. Here is a selection of shelfmarks for English language learning:

421 English Pronunciation

423 English Dictionaries

425 English Grammar

428.1 English Vocabulary

428.24 English as a foreign language

428.64 Easy readers


Online dictionaries


English Language at DMU

Once you have started your full-time course you are entitled to free English language support (two hours per week for undergraduate and research students and three hours per week for postgraduate students) from the Centre for English Language and Learning at DMU.

For more information, contact:

Centre for English Language LearningVijay Patel Building VP3.01
De Montfort University


The CELL Reception is open:

Monday to Friday

9am to 10am

12 Noon to 1pm

3pm to 4pm

Proof Reading

What is proof reading?

Proof reading refers to checking your work for grammar, spelling and punctuation errors.It is an important step of your assignment writing process.

Proof reading at DMU

De Montfort University strongly advises against the use of professional proof reading services, or proof reading by third parties (such as friends or relatives). This is because proof reading is an integral part of your writing process and you should take responsibility for it.

Formal Regulations covering the use of proof reading on research programmes can be found at the link below:

Post Graduate Research Programmes

Support to develop your Proof Reading skills

 1.CELL (Centre for English Language Learning) provides free English classes to all international students. Please make sure you contact CELL to sign up for your class.

 2.The Centre for Learning and Study Skills has developed:


English lessons and tutorials

Cambridge Exam Preparation

English resources in the library


There are lots of books, DVDs, CDs in the library available for you to borrow which can help you with your English. Browse the DVD collection on the Lower Ground Floor of the Kimberlin Library or books on the First and Second Floor.