Course Information Undergraduate prospectus

English for Academic Purposes 1

Course summary

Course code: ENGL0051
Level: 0
Credits: 15
School: Architecture, Computing and Hums
Department: Literature, Language and Theatre
Course Coordinator(s): Simon Dye


Pre and co requisites



1. To introduce students to academic contexts of English language and the need for an academic register in their production.
2. To review basic sentence structure and begin to develop more complex sentence structure
3. To review key areas of grammar and vocabulary
4. To improve basic academic essay writing awareness and skills
5. To introduce the need for self-editing of work and reduced reliance of teacher-led improvement in accuracy
6. To improve reading and listening skills for comprehension / skimming/scanning / extensive reading and listening
7. To develop skills and confidence in oral expression within an academic context

Learning outcomes

1. recognise different registers, e.g. formal academic / informal conversational, and demonstrate an awareness of the conventions of referencing in academic writing.
2. use a combination of simple and complex sentence structures with increasing accuracy.
3. use a range of cohesive devices.
4. write an introductory or main body paragraph for an essay with appropriate conventions.
5. re-draft work semi-independently with advice from tutor.
6. demonstrate comprehension skills to extract general message from a text/audio material.
7. communicate orally with greater confidence and clarity.

Indicative content

• EAP reading and writing texts
• grammar and vocabulary exercises
• authentic listening and audio visual material
• use of the VLE and web-based teaching materials and open websites
• analysis of student writing

Teaching and learning activity

Students carry out regular reading activities in groups, orally and written using a variety of task types and with a variety of outcomes: reading for gist/grammar/vocabulary/ extensive reading/detailed reading/ reading for discussion and for writing.

Students carry out regular writing tasks such as collaborative summary writing, short answer writing for grammatical accuracy, and speed writing for message content and improvement of automaticity. As part of their formative assessment, they are required to re-draft their writing following tutor feedback.

Students are required to participate orally in class discussions small group information sharing activities.

Students listen to a small selection of video clips and audio material in class and consolidate this in their portfolio work.

Their week-by week portfolio reflects the work carried out in class and provides extra practice in written form and via on-line interactive language learning sites and the VLE.


Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment Speaking assessment
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment 1, 2, 3 ,7.
Weighting % 20%
Pass Mark 40
Word Length n/a
Outline Details Assessment of a speaking task such as a poster presentation, short interview or roleplay.
Nature of FORMATIVE assessment supporting student learning Feedback on preparatory activities.

Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment Portfolio
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.
Weighting % 80%
Pass Mark 40
Word Length 1500
Outline Details A collection of activities including online tasks such as quizzes and collaborative wikis as well as short writing tasks.
Nature of FORMATIVE assessment supporting student learning. Some tasks may be attempted more than once, with feedback provided on first attempts. For writing tasks, feedback will be provided on first drafts and marks awarded for second drafts.