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ENGL9009 English Language stage 5

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 C1 of the Common European Framework and Level 3/4 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 C1 of the Common European Framework and Level 3/4 of the National Language Standards.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Understand the propositional content of most spoken discourse dealing with issues of contemporary importance (political, economic, social, cultural) and some of its implied meanings, when delivered in real time and from authentic sources
  • Write cohesive texts which are beginning to approach comparable native-speaker standard in terms of accuracy, textual and rhetorical devices and range of expression.
  • Recognise regional variation (e.g. vocabulary, accent) and understand the significance and appropriateness of different spoken registers and varieties
  • Understand complex factual, literary and persuasive material and some specialised texts aimed at the general reader with recourse to dictionaries, glossaries and grammar reference materials
  • Read longer texts at speed and extract main points and/or detail, irony and bias, as appropriate to the text and task
  • Keep up with and participate in discussion and conversation on familiar and some complex topics using a good level of grammatical proficiency and a wide range of vocabulary.
  • Employ a range of appropriate strategies in managing complex interactions, including informal conversation, and in presenting and defending ideas and opinions.
  • Present complex topics, which are reasonably familiar to the audience, with reasonable effectiveness and precision.
  • Give coherent and reasonably detailed explanations and opinions and justify them in general discussion.
  • Write clearly in a limited range of appropriate styles on complex topics in several genres. Express opinions, arguments and conclusions.

Syllabus

This Stage develops linguistic proficiency by focusing on wide range of texts (both written and spoken) relevant to the target language culture(s). These texts will provide a framework for developing sophisticated language forms and uses. Authentic print and multimedia material covering a variety of styles, registers and genres will be used. Most inadequacies in your linguistic proficiency will be remedied through discussion with the tutor, who will refer you to self-access material relevant to your particular needs available in the relevant resources area and help you to develop an individual learning programme.

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
Independent Study114
Teaching36
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Resources. The Academic Centre for International Students is continually updating its facilities and materials for independent language learning (described under Independent Learning above) and you will find many of the recommended learning and reference materials in the Library and Learning Commons (LLC). You will need a comprehensive dictionary for this module but there will also be a large number of authentic resources made available via Blackboard, the University’s Virtual Learning Environment.

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.

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework assignment(s)  (1200 words) 40%
Oral Assessment 20%
Written exam  (1.5 hours) 40%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Written exam 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal

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