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ARTD1101 Academic English for Art and Design (Dalian)

Module Overview

This module follows on from the Part 1 Year 1 English modules, to provide you with a confident understanding and communication of English for Academic Study of Art and Design. This is a year-long module taught over two semesters, that will consolidate and further develop your listening, reading, writing and speaking skills in academic and professional English, as well as improve your independent study skills. In Semester Two, you will work intensively to improve your listening, reading, writing and speaking skills to the level required for higher education study, focussing on such areas as critical and reflective thinking, delivering presentations and contributing to discussions on academic topics. It will also increase your capability to work independently through a focus on independent study skills. [At the start of each part students will undertake diagnostic tests to assess their capability in each skill and will receive feedback, to increase understanding of the areas they most need to focus on to make realistic progress].

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • how to read efficiently in order to complete necessary research, e.g. skimming and scanning
  • how to write essays of different styles e.g. compare and contrast
  • how to read texts such as journal articles in which writers adopt particular attitudes or viewpoints
  • how to write clear, detailed text supporting your points with academic evidence e.g. in text citation
  • how to process extended speech and follow fairly complex lines of argument
  • how to deliver academic presentations, e.g. preparation, structure and flow.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • present reasoned and structured arguments, both orally and in written form
  • understand and present detailed reasoning.
  • extract, paraphrase and synthesise key information from written and spoken sources
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • produce writing in appropriate academic genres and follow required conventions, including referencing
  • prepare and deliver oral presentations, both individually and as part of a group
  • set and monitor individual goals, reflect on your own learning and feedback, and have the confidence to seek help when needed


This module will develop your English language knowledge to enable progression onto the Part 2 section of your programmes at Dalian or WSA. The approach you experienced in Part 1 Year 1 will be continued in this module: your classroom sessions will focus on advancing your academic reading and writing, and listening and speaking competencies, while integrating academic content and specialist Art and Design vocabulary. You will develop your study skills in greater depth through independent learning workshops, as well as academic advisory sessions and lectures. Areas that you will cover include indicatively grouped by semester: 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 E. Applying effective reading approaches and strategies Academic Speaking A. Pronunciation B. Presentation skills C. Seminar skills D. Speaking accurately and fluently 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 F. Developing awareness of different language styles and purposes G. Writing clearly, cohesively and appropriately Independent Learning A. Introduction to independent learning B. Learning resources C. Introduction to blogging D. Developing awareness of critical thinking in your seminar skills E. Researching skills F. Reviewing referencing G. Using feedback and reflection to improve language learning H. Active learning I. Time-management, organisation and motivation J. Critically assessing resources K. Essay planning L. Exam strategies

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

You will experience the opportunity to develop a range of knowledge and skills as you are introduced to the academic rigours of higher education. You will be involved in learning activities such as in seminars, presentations, and discussions. Lectures develop the skills of processing and summarising information: Other teaching and learning methods will include full class teaching; real life and videoed lectures; individual, pair and group work in class; discussions in small groups; set tasks to be completed outside class; self-directed independent study and group tutorials.

Wider reading or practice10
Preparation for scheduled sessions10
Practical classes and workshops40
Follow-up work20
Total study time260

Resources & Reading list

Printed Books. Specially designed and printed books will be printed for all students at the beginning of the year. No additional textbooks need to be purchased.


Assessment Strategy

Each assessment is weighted at 25% of the whole module mark. You will need to pass each 25% weighted assessment to pass the module. Students remaining on the WSA programme at DPU are required to achieve a module pass mark of 40 with a mark of 40 in each component. Students who wish to progress to WSA UK are required to achieve a module pass mark of 50 with a mark of 50 in each component. Students will have the right to refer in any component where the relevant pass mark has not been achieved.




MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (1200 words) 25%
Exam 25%
Exam 25%
Presentation Question and Answer session 25%


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (1200 words) 25%
Exam 25%
Exam 25%
Presentation Question and Answer session 25%


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (120 words) 25%
Exam 25%
Exam 25%
Presentation Question and Answer session 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:


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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