Undergraduate prospectus

Course Information

English for Academic Purposes 7

Module summary

Module code: ENGL1081
Level: 5
Credits: 30
School: Liberal Arts and Sciences
Department: Humanities and Social Sciences
Module Coordinator(s): Robert Tsukada Bright

Specification

Pre and co requisites

Students taking this course should have a first language other than English. Their English language level should be at CEFR level C1 (IELTS 7.0 +)

Aims

The course aims to widen the students' knowledge and 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. The course also aims to consolidate grammatical accuracy and knowledge of vocational and academic lexis in written and spoken English, and seeks to encourage students’ critical awareness of features of written and spoken texts such as discourse, register, nuance and appropriateness of style. In addition, the course aims to help students develop to a higher level oral skills such as fluency, interactive communication, pronunciation (including stress and intonation) and accuracy over a wide range of structures and contexts

Learning outcomes

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

1 Demonstrate knowledge and control of grammar and lexis in a wide range of contexts at a level of linguistic competence equivalent to an IELTS score of 7.5 + (CEFR high C1 or C2)
2 Write academic essays that are clearly structured and employ a style and 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 Present information orally using audio-visual tools and demonstrating command and appropriate deployment of key organisational features of a successful oral text.
8 Demonstrate effective listening skills; specifically those of extracting both the gist and main ideas from a variety of audio sources.
9 Demonstrate development in reading texts critically and extracting key information.


Indicative content

Range of academic texts as well as news items and articles from current press and internet resources.

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

Portfolio - 34% weighting, 40% pass mark.
Learning outcomes 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 & 9.
Portfolio of a range of online activities including reading comprehension, grammar, vocabulary and listening and speaking activities.

Seminar Presentation - 33% weighting, 40% pass mark.
Learning outcomes 1, 5 & 7.
Individual seminar presentation on subjects of each student’s choice, with the approval of the course tutor.

Essay - 33% weighting, 40% pass mark.
Learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 9.
Submitted in term 1.

Students are not required to pass all elements of assessment in order to pass the course.

Formative Assessment - For some activities, two attempts are available, encouraging students to build on what they have learned through reflection on any problems in the first attempt.