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ARTD1098 Introduction to English Language 1A (Dalian)

Module Overview

This module is part of an integrated programme of English Language teaching designed to allow you to learn and practise the academic language skills you will need to succeed in your university study. Throughout the module you will be strongly encouraged to develop your academic skills in Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing and the confidence to communicate your Higher Education study skills in English. You will also attend Independent Learning and General Language Development sessions to further develop thinking and study skills necessary to succeed at the University. You will also be taught effective practice in note taking and techniques to help you to understand a variety of academic lectures. The Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing skills often overlap; for example, knowledge of pronunciation, (Speaking) is also an important tool for effective Listening. As a result, you will be expected to practise a range of skills in the same class.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

• to develop your confidence in reading, writing, speaking and listening; • to develop your skills in independent study; • to help you to develop the necessary study skills for effective learning in English; • to embed and integrate Art and Design vocabulary into English language competency.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • how to identify the structure of academic lectures and how to produce well-organised academic presentations;
  • How to sustain a point of view in an academic discussion e.g. seminars;
  • The constituent parts of academic texts e.g. introductions, abstracts, etc. and how to construct them coherently.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • develop strategies for improving your English language skills;
  • recognise and understand academic vocabulary;
  • recognise the expectations of higher education, especially in terms of approach to studying and reflective learning;
  • identify reliable sources appropriate for your discipline e.g. use of library sources.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • listen and take notes in lectures and seminars;
  • employ a range of general and academic vocabulary appropriately;
  • adhere to guidelines and meet relevant deadlines;
  • identify and use reliable sources appropriate for your discipline e.g. use of library sources;
  • use ICT to produce documents and other material using a computer.


The module has an integrated approach in which skills are taught together as they are rarely used in isolation. Your classroom sessions therefore focus on academic reading and writing, and listening and speaking. You further develop your study skills through independent learning workshops as well as academic advisory sessions. General language development skills are also offered to equip you with the necessary skills in order to deal with everyday situations in English. Areas that you will cover include; Academic Listening: A. Finding information and developing critical listening skills B. Understanding academic English listening structures and vocabulary at sentence and paragraph level Academic Reading: A. Finding information in a text B. Critical reading C. Understanding of academic English writing structures and vocabulary at sentence and paragraph level D. Using academic reading texts for assignments Academic Speaking A. Pronunciation B. Presentation kills C. Seminar skills Academic Writing A. Developing a clear and cohesive essay structure B. Using outside sources effectively in essays C. Producing essays with appropriate content D. Using academic language appropriately E. Developing grammatical accuracy and range General Language Development (GLD) A. Speaking B. Listening C. Reading and vocabulary D. Writing E. Pronunciation Independent Learning A. Introduction to independent learning B. Locating resources including e-resources and database access C. Evaluating resources D. An introduction to critical thinking E. Critical thinking: next steps F. Learning styles and effective language learning strategies G. Time management, organisation, and planning H. Active and passive learning/ academic motivation I. Option week suggested by the class J. Successful examination strategies and examination rules and regulations K. Holiday planning

Special Features


Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

You will experience a wide variety of teaching and learning methods including: full class teaching; real life and videoed lectures; individual, pair and group work in class; discussions in small groups; set tasks and formative tests to be completed during teaching sessions and independently outside class; use of authentic lectures for exploitation; self-directed independent study and group tutorials.

Independent Study40
Total study time260

Resources & Reading list

Lane, Sarah (2011). Instant Academic Skills. 

Oshima, Hogue (2006). Writing Academic English. 

Schmitt & Schmitt (2011). Focus on Vocabulary 2. 

Johnson, Christine (2006). Intelligent Business Coursebook. 

Cottrell, S. (2008). The Study Skills Handbook. 

Internet Resource.

Lynch, T. (2004). Study Listening. 

Internet Resource.

Internet Resource.

Cullen, Pauline (2009). Cambridge Vocabulary. 

Beglar, D. and Murray, N. (2009). Contemporary Topics: Academic Listening & Note taking Skills Book 3.. 

Campbell, C. and Smith, J. (2009). English for Academic Study: Listening. Reading. 

Kisslinger, E. and Rost, M. (2009). Contemporary Topics: Academic Listening & Note taking Skills Book 2.. 

Thaine, Craig (2012). Cambridge Academic English (Intermediate). 

Berman, David. (2008). Do Good: How Design can Change the World. 

Heathfield David (2005). Spontaneous Speaking. 

Internet Resource.

Learning English.

Richardson, Karen (2008). The Business Pre-Intermediate Coursebook. 

Blanchard & Root (2010). Ready to Write 1. 

Internet Resource.

Anderson, Maclean, Lynch (2004). Study Speaking. 

Bailey, Stephen (2011). Academic Writing: A Handbook for International Students. 

Langan, John (2013). College Writing Skills with Readings. 

Rogers, Louis (2011). Writing Skills. 

Spotlight English.

Internet Resource.

McCarthy & O’Dell (2008). Academic Vocabulary in Use. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (750 words) 25%
Listening and note-taking task 25%
Oral presentation 25%
Reading task 25%


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay 25%
Listening and note-taking task 25%
Oral presentation 25%
Reading 25%


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (750 words) 25%
Listening and note-taking task 25%
Oral presentation 25%
Reading task 25%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Books and Stationery equipment

All set texts and teaching costs are met by DPU and the University of Southampton. Recommended texts for this module may be available in limited supply in the University Library and students may wish to purchase the core/ recommended text as appropriate.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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