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When we talk about studying English, we could be talking about anything from discourse analysis to learning to contribute in class discussions; from decoding Chaucer to acting out scenes from Shakespeare; from looking at the use of metaphors in poetry from different cultures to writing poems ourselves!

Leeds is a city with a reputation for arts and culture, which makes it an excellent base if you鈥檙e wishing to develop your skills and understanding of English language and literature.

Why study English

English studies encompasses an incredible range of disciplines. Of course, studying English involves developing your speaking, reading and writing skills, but it鈥檚 also about so much more than that! By studying English you鈥檒l develop the critical thinking skills that allow you to understand and analyse texts and speech in all areas of life. You鈥檒l explore new perspectives and experience different cultures, societies and contexts from the comfort of the classroom (or armchair). You鈥檒l gain an understanding of how language developed, how and why we communicate with one another, and then you鈥檒l explain what you have learned coherently to others through presentations and essays! In brief, the term 鈥楨nglish studies鈥 covers a broad range of areas of study.

Succeeding in English studies is also incredibly beneficial to your wider education. Throughout our education we鈥檙e required to write essays, and often these become longer as we advance! English studies encourages you to structure your thoughts and arguments coherently and develop stamina for writing longer essays and eventually dissertations.

Thanks to all these translatable skills, graduates in English (or a related subject like creative writing, journalism, linguistics or discourse analysis) have a wealth of career opportunities to choose from upon graduating. A summer internship at the Yorkshire Evening Post may lead to a career in journalism, involvement in the university poetry club might turn you into a spoken word artist, and a creative writing graduate may well end up as the next internationally renowned author or poet laureate (like the University of Leeds鈥 Simon Armitage). But that鈥檚 not all, English graduates can be found working in publishing (whether as editors or proof-readers), in one of Leeds鈥 many digital marketing agencies, teaching, research, or even law!

With so many rewards in store for those studying English, it should come as no surprise that many students seek additional tuition to support their learning in English Language and Literature at school.

Challenges in English studies

Developments in technology are affecting the way we interact with language and literature from pre-school age all the way through to adulthood, which makes studying English literature and language more important than ever! It also makes it more difficult…

Consider how many toddlers have access to iPads compared to a decade ago. Rather than looking a books and learning to recognise basic words, many young children are watching videos and playing games on tablets and smartphones even before they enter into education.

As we grow older our connection with technology only becomes stronger, as we are increasingly communicating using short messages, images and emojis on our phones rather than sending page-long letters as our grandparents did. When it comes to reading material, social media encourages us to read short-form texts rather than long articles and stories that explore a theme or perspective. As a result, we there is less scope for us to think critically and deeply about what we have read. The English classroom provides us with a space to develop these skills.

Don鈥檛 throw out your laptop just yet - technology is not all doom and gloom. Not only are there plenty of apps and websites designed for developing and sharing your love of language and literature (such as Goodreads), but we can also access tuition online on our phones and laptops; for example, online courses or online tutors via websites like Superprof.

And finally, new developments in technology have triggered developments in the way we use language and communicate 鈥 what better topic to explore in your end of term English language essay?

English in Leeds

Of the many things that come to mind when you think of Leeds, the Queen鈥檚 English is not one of them! Home to the Yorkshire accent and its fair share of internationally renowned authors, Leeds has a growing cultural scene that makes it a vibrant location for immersing yourself in English and the Arts.

You could do as little as opening a copy of Strix Magazine of poetry and short fiction to engage with the creative writing scene in Leeds, but there are a many venues where you can get even more involved in if you wish, with ample opportunities to develop your skills and confidence.

Venues such as Hyde Park Book Club host Strix Magazine events where you can share your love of creative writing with other wordly types. If you鈥檙e hoping to read, hear and discuss the written word, you鈥檒l probably feel at home at the Outlaw Yacht Clubs鈥 book clubs, poetry readings and Q&A evenings. If you fancy hearing local writers and spoken word artists in slightly grander setting, the Carriageworks Theatre provides that and even more with the annual Norther Short Story Festival.

But if you鈥檙e after a really really grand setting, what better backdrop than the Leeds Central Library? It offers all that we鈥檝e come to expect from city libraries (beautiful architecture, free computer and internet access and 鈥 of course 鈥 books galore), as well as book clubs, reading groups, kids clubs, poetry workshops and book launches.

It鈥檇 be hard not to meet like-minded literature and language enthusiasts in a city like Leeds! This is in part thanks to the four universities based in the city, all offering engaging and stimulating courses in English at university level.

Studying English at university in Leeds

The University of Leeds鈥 School of English has more than earned its prestige, offering a huge breadth of modules to study, interesting and varied research opportunities, and the possibility to get involved with events at the University of Leeds Poetry Centre. Not only that, but you鈥檒l be learning from experts in the field (upcoming Poet Laureate, Simon Armitage, to name but one).

If you鈥檙e interested in producing your own works of art 鈥 whether poetry or prose, contemporary or traditional in form, the Leeds Arts University is an excellent place to develop your style and the university鈥檚 Creative Writing course offers the support and space you need to grow as an author.

You might also consider Leeds Beckett or Trinity universities, where you鈥檒l have the opportunity to develop your professional writing alongside your English linguistics of literature studies.

But to obtain a place in a university for English studies, a good level of English at A level (or equivalent) is key and an English GCSE is essential!

Additional support in English Studies

Maybe you want to improve your grades in English to help you get into university. Maybe you鈥檙e interested in developing your understanding of a certain area of study for the sheer enjoyment of learning. Either way, there are plenty of ways for you can go about gaining extra support in English studies.

Joining a book club or a reading group, such as those run through Leeds Central Library, is an excellent way to develop your critical thinking when it comes to literature. Reading groups often meet once a month to discuss a book (decided the month previously) that everyone has read. You鈥檒l be encouraged to think about certain themes and ideas in the text and given space to voice your opinions if you wish to. Book clubs are great places to meet new people and discover new authors and genres that you鈥檇 have never thought to read, they鈥檙e also usually free! However, most book clubs only meet once a month, which may not be enough for those wishing to immerse themselves in their studies.

If you feel that your learning style is better suited to a more structured classroom setting, you might thrive in an evening class in one of Leeds鈥 colleges and adult learning centres. You can find evening classes in a whole range of subjects, creative writing is a popular choice, but you might choose to study poetry, literature, or journalism instead! Evening classes often run weekly, and you鈥檒l be learning alongside your classmates to a pre-determined syllabus.

However, one of the most effective and efficient ways to improve in English is to work on an individual basis with a private tutor. Not only can you set the pace and the frequency of your lessons, but your tutor will be able to focus lessons on developing your strengths whilst targeting your weaknesses. Whether you want support for essay-writing, grammar and spelling, vocabulary, or comprehension, you and your tutor can work together to determine the structure of your classes.

Finding an English tutor in Leeds

Leeds has no shortage of English tutors, so the challenge is less to do with actually finding a tutor, and more about deciding which tutor to learn with! That鈥檚 where Superprof comes in.

Unlike newspapers ads, gumtree listings and poster in your local community centre, Superprof makes it easy for you to compare tutors based on price, experience, location, specialism, teaching style, or other learner鈥檚 recommendations (among many other parameters), as each tutor鈥檚 profile displays the same information in the same format. Many of Superprof鈥檚 tutors offer you a trial 鈥榯aster鈥 lesson so that you can see whether your learning and teach styles are compatible.

So really, what are you waiting for? Get scribing!


馃捀 How much does an English tutor charge by the hour in Leeds for private English courses?

The average cost of English lessons in Leeds is 拢17.


The price of English lessons will differ depending on:

  • the experience of your teacher
  • where your lessons will be held (via Skype or an outside location)
  • the number of classes and the duration of each lesson
  • what you are covering in your lessons (essay writing, critical analysis, or grammar for example.)
  • the objective of your classes (are you learning English for fun, or are you studying for GCSE or A level exams?)

97% of our teachers offer the 1st hour of the lesson free. Check out the rates of our English instructors near you.

馃摃 What are the advantages of revising with an English teacher?

On Superprof, we have a number of highly skilled English teachers available to offer private tuition.


An English teacher can help you with many things:

  • GCSE or A level exam prep and past papers
  • Mastering English grammar rules
  • Essay writing or fiction writing
  • Critical analysis
  • Offering strategies to help you with your course work
  • Reading and textual analysis
  • Help with homework
  • Helping you to grow confidence in your abilities.

You can discuss with your tutor what you hope to accomplish from your private English classes.


Click here to see the available English teacher profiles in Leeds and the suburban areas.


馃捇 How can I take classes online?

On Superprof, many of our English tutors also offer online tuition. About 80% of teachers give english lessons online.


To find available online English tutors, just select the webcam filter in the search engine to see the available tutors offering online courses in your desired subject.


Online courses via Skype offer you more advantages in terms of flexibility and are often less expensive as the teacher does not need to travel.


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馃鈥嶐煄 How can I find an English teacher in Leeds?

On Superprof, you can browse the range of teacher profiles to find the best solution for your English tuition.


You can check out a tutor's individual adverts and message the English tutor that corresponds to your needs.


Once you have found a tutor you can get in touch with them via a messaging service on our platform to discuss the details of your lessons.


There are currently 175 private English teachers are available to teach English lessons in Leeds and the suburban areas.


Choose your English course in Leeds from our range of more than 175 tutor profiles available.

鉁掞笍 How did pupils rate their English teacher in Leeds and the surrounding areas?

From a sample of 17 private tutors, students rated their English tutors an average of 5.0 out of five.


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