Undergraduate prospectus

Course Information

English For Academic Purposes 6

Module summary

Module code: ENGL1080
Level: 5
Credits: 30
School: Liberal Arts and Sciences
Department: Literature, Lang. and Theatre
Module Coordinator(s): Robert Tsukada Bright

Specification

Pre and co requisites

Students taking this course should have a first language other than English and should be studying at either level 4 or 5. Their language level should be a strong CEFR level B2 (upper intermediate) or CEFR level C1.

Aims

This course, for students whose language level is at CEFR level C1 (Advanced), aims to draw students' attention to the use of English in an academic context and to both develop their knowledge of the language commonly found in Academic Writing in English and their ability to apply it appropriately to a range of mediums. Students will look at the conventions of English and learn to manipulate their language to suit the appropriate context and intended audience. A key emphasis of the course will be the development of students’ academic communication skills; particularly in writing and speaking. To facilitate this, the review of general grammar and both general and academic lexis will be an integral part of the course. Students will develop critical reading skills, which can be transferred across to their subject-specific courses. Students will be exposed to a range of resources in a blended learning approach to help stimulate learning and to provide variety of access to those resources. Students will be given the chance to work both individually and in groups and will be expected to access a range of resources including online tools and more traditional, paper -based materials.
• To further develop students’ communicative skills in a range of oral and written tasks, for example: the planning and development of an argument within an academic essay, report-writing; academic presentations and seminar discussions.
• To develop students' active use of grammar in the written and spoken language.
• To help students develop strategies for self-assessment and to foster increasing autonomy in the development of the Academic English skills.
• To develop students’ skills in reading texts critically and extracting key information, which may be incorporated into their essay writing.
• To develop students’ knowledge of academic lexis in both their writing and speaking.
• To promote comprehension and appropriate use of language registers appropriate to a range of academic texts.


Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course a student will be able to:

Learning Outcome


1. Demonstrate an advanced level of academic English language competence, where the student is comfortably able to use a wide range of appropriate structure and vocabulary with few errors, although not to native speaker level.
2. Write academic essays that are clearly structured and are written in a style and use a register appropriate to a university setting.
3. Write effective essay introductions and conclusions
4. Develop an argument within an essay and provide support using external sources.
5. Use a range of appropriate cohesive devices.
6. Use appropriate in-text citation conventions and observe bibliographical referencing techniques.
7. Demonstrate familiarity with range of grammatical and lexical features of academic writing.
8. Plan and give a short oral response to a text, demonstrating command and appropriate deployment of key organisational features of a successful oral commentary.
9. Develop their listening skills; specifically those of extracting both the gist and main ideas from a variety of audio sources.
10. To develop their skills in reading texts critically and extracting key information.

Indicative content

Reading critically; Note-taking; Inferring relationships between sentences; Nominalisation; Summary- writing; appropriate use of in-text referencing conventions / avoiding plagiarism; Academic Vocabulary Development: word families; Hedging devices; development of listening and reading skills; development of Academic Presentation skills. Writing summaries from multiple sources; using gender-neutral language; Following the writer’s argument; Developing an argument within an essay; recognising style and register in academic writing.

Teaching and learning activity

Language classes are arranged as relatively small seminar classes in order to facilitate interactive communication and participation. It is therefore expected that students will actively participate in class activities. Such activities include reading and critical analysis of a range of academic texts focussing on understanding key features of discourse including, authorial voice, register and style, as well as the development and organisation of the argument; development of lexical knowledge; collaborative grammar exercises; practice and development of academic writing skills, planning and editing. In addition students will work on online tasks using ICT tools such as wikis, quizzes and forums within Moodle. Students will also develop their confidence in participating in seminars.

Assessment

Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment Portfolio
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment:1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,10
Weighting % 40
Pass Mark 40
Word Length n/a
Outline Details :Portfolio of a range of activities including reading comprehension, Grammar, vocabulary, oral commentary in response to a specific text, listening activities.

Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment: Essays
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,10
Weighting % 30
Pass Mark 40
Word Length 2500
Outline Details :1 essay; draft one submitted in term one, with final version submitted in term 2.
Nature of FORMATIVE assessment supporting student learning: Feedback given on draft of essay.

Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment Exam
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment: 1,2,3,5,7,10
Weighting % 30
Pass Mark 40
Word Length n/a
Outline Details : 2 hour written exam.