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ENGL9015 English Language Stage 6B

Module Overview

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 Levels C1/2 of the Common European Framework and Level 4 of the National Language Standards.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • Understand with relative ease in most situations and registers, including the media and specialist areas within the aims of the course
  • Write coherent, cohesive and accurate texts where errors and infelicities do not compromise the communicative effectiveness of the writing.
  • Be a skilled and independent language learner in that you make proficient use of a full range of reference tools, that you access and learn from all available TL media, and that you set appropriate learning goals and monitor your progress.
  • Use all available linguistic and para-linguistic data (e.g. TV, corpora, interview data, body language) to refine your knowledge and understanding of the variations in the meaning and use of the language.
  • Use the language creatively to play with meaning or to provide paraphrases in situations where the appropriate word is not known.
  • Use contextual factors to infer probable meanings in situations where communication is difficult.
  • Handle most encounters requiring a range of strategies, including being vague or evasive when the situation demands it.
  • Be familiar with certain non-standard forms of the language and be able to use them in ways that are situationally appropriate.
  • Produce with accuracy all TL phonemes and phoneme sequences.
  • Be aware of the situational and cultural constraints on language use, including the principles governing the use of polite forms, the norms of conversation and phatic communion, and how form and use varies across genres.
  • Be familiar with the way in which tone, stress, and intonation affect the exchange of meaning.
  • Understand most of the implications and intentions, including humour and irony, of spoken language delivered in a range of accents and registers and at any speed
  • Be aware of how rhetorical patterns differ from those in similar genres in your first language.
  • Be familiar with the major cultural groupings of users of the language and of its major varieties.
  • Be aware of how language use varies between social groups and of the acceptability of different usage.
  • Understand cultural allusions where knowledge is assumed rather than provided.
  • Possess a confirmed knowledge of most aspects of the TL culture
  • Understand with relative ease texts in most registers, with recourse to reference materials for specialised and unfamiliar topics
  • Understand with ease the main ideas and detail and recognise the implications and intentions of authentic texts in a wide variety of genres (including abstract, structurally or linguistically complex and humorous/ironic texts).
  • Engage with ease in interaction on complex and abstract topics using a range of grammatical structures, vocabulary and discourse markers
  • Employ mostly appropriate and effective strategies in managing linguistically and/or culturally complex interactions, including informal conversation and some difficult encounters.
  • Introduce and present complex and unfamiliar topics effectively and with precision in an appropriate style with the help of audio-visual aids.
  • Give coherent and detailed arguments and explanations and justify them effectively in general discussion
  • Write clearly in a range of appropriate styles on complex topics in a range of genres. Express arguments and conclusions.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • access electronic resources and use information and communication technologies appropriately.
  • communication, presentation, interaction
  • the ability to work creatively and flexibly with others as part of a team
  • qualities of empathy
  • self-reliance, initiative, adaptability and flexibility
  • intercultural competence.
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • use and present material in the target language and one's own language in written and oral forms in a clear and effective manner
  • work autonomously, manifested in self-direction, self-discipline and time management
  • take accurate and effective notes and summarise material
  • research effectively in libraries and handle bibliographic information
  • use target language source materials appropriately
  • write and think under pressure and meet deadlines
  • access electronic resources and use information and communication technologies appropriately.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • use language creatively and precisely for a range of purposes and audiences
  • engage with and interpret layers of meaning within texts and other cultural products
  • reflect critically and make judgements in the light of evidence and argument
  • extract and synthesise key information from written and spoken sources
  • organise and present ideas within the framework of a structured and reasoned argument
  • engage in analytical and evaluative thinking
  • develop problem-solving skills.


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.

Special Features

Pre-requisites: Successful completion of stage 5 (ENGL9003) or equivalent

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.

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

Resources & Reading list

Language Resource Centre (LRC).. The Centre for Language Study (CLS) 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 Language Resource Centre (LRC).

Blackboard. 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.

Carter,R. and McCarthy, M (2006). Cambridge Grammar of English: a comprehensive guide, spoken and written English grammar and usage. 


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 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.


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework  (1500 words) 20%
Coursework  (1500 words) 20%
Examination 10%
Examination 40%
Examination 10%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal

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