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ENGL9001 English Language Stage 3

Module Overview

The aim of every language course at the University is to enable you to communicate in your target language at that particular level and in your particular area of interest. We use the word 'communicate' in its widest sense, meaning that you will not only be able to talk to people in the language but also to develop your proficiency in listening, reading, and writing. This means that the course aims for you to understand all the things which affect communication in that language, including knowledge of how the language is used, how it works and how to analyse it, and the cultural contexts in which it is spoken. Successful completion of this stage is approximately equivalent to reaching Level B2 of the Common European Framework and between Levels 2 and 3 of the National Language Standards.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The aim of every language course at the University is to enable you to communicate in your target language at that particular level and in your particular area of interest. We use the word ‘communicate’ in its widest sense, meaning that you will not only be able to talk to people in the language but also to develop your proficiency in listening, reading, and writing. This means that the course aims for you to understand all the things which affect communication in that language, including knowledge of how the language is used, how it works and how to analyse it, and the cultural contexts in which it is spoken. Successful completion of this stage is approximately equivalent to reaching Level B2 of the Common European Framework and between Levels 2 and 3 of the National Language Standards.

Learning Outcomes

Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Learning, research and organisational skills
  • Communication skills: written, oral, and IT
  • Intercultural and interpersonal skills
  • Time management
  • Perseverance
  • Development of memory
  • Attention to detail
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • extract and synthesise key information from written and spoken sources.
  • engage in analytical and evaluative thinking.
  • develop problem-solving skills.

Syllabus

This Stage will integrate topics and, where appropriate, specialist areas with the study of the language. Course books, reference books and topic-based material will be used as appropriate. Much of the material will be derived from authentic print and audio-visual media. Independent learning material will be available on Blackboard and/or the Language Resources Centre.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include: classes and independent learning Classes Although part of any class session is likely to involve direct teaching, the emphasis is on student participation and you will be expected to take part actively in discussion and in tasks such as small group and pair work, role play, and individual or group presentations. Independent learning You will be expected to spend time studying outside the class, and we provide guidance, facilities and materials to help you develop your expertise as an independent language learner. As you progress through the Stages you will learn to understand, monitor and improve your own learning style; you will also acquire some expertise as a researcher and develop the kind of key skills which are valued by employers. You are encouraged to use the facilities in the Centre for Language Study Resources Centre at the Avenue Campus and at other sites in the University, including the Southampton Oceanography Centre, the Hartley Library and Winchester School of Art. These include on-line and computer-based resources, current newspapers and magazines, language laboratories and satellite TV, and self-access materials. For this Stage, you will be asked to consolidate your class work, to read, watch or listen to material in the target language, to prepare exercises and activities for the class, to write assignments, undertake projects and continue to develop your repertoire of effective language learning strategies.

TypeHours
Revision40
Follow-up work48
Wider reading or practice48
Tutorial72
Preparation for scheduled sessions48
Completion of assessment task44
Total study time300

Resources & Reading list

Monolingual dictionary eg Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English, Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary of Current English, Collins COBUILD English Language Dictionary, or Cambridge International Dictionary of English. 

Grammar book eg How English Works (Swan and Walter). 

Assessment

Assessment Strategy

At the beginning of the module, you will receive information about your assessment. This will include: • what tasks you will be expected to carry out • clear criteria against which your work will be assessed • what the provisional date and deadline of each assessment task is. Note that it is the responsibility of students to ensure that they have read and understood this documentation, to plan their work schedule in advance, and to keep to the deadlines. If you are in any doubt, talk to the module coordinator in good time. Coursework (40%) Tasks may be writing academic essays; making group oral presentations; producing written and oral summaries; doing reading/listening/viewing comprehension tasks; doing specific skills tasks with reflective comment; investigative tasks; grammar exercises. Examination (60%) Semester 1 • 1 ½ hour writing examination (10%) Semester 2 • 2 hour writing examination (40%) • Oral assessment (5%) • Listening/viewing test (5%) Assessment will cover what you have studied in class and what you are expected to have acquired as an independent learner. The design of the tasks and the criteria by which they are assessed ensure that you will be able to demonstrate all aspects of your learning: language skills, strategies and knowledge related to language learning, and key skills. Coursework and the in-class exam will give you formative feedback on your progress, that is, feedback which will help you learn. The exam at the end of the module will test what you have achieved and also what you are able to do in real life conditions of language use where you need to think on your feet and use your own linguistic resources.

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 40%
Examination  (2 hours) 40%
Examination  (1.5 hours) 10%
Oral Assessment 5%
Test 5%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal

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