This module forms part of the English for Academic Study Programme (EAS) in which you study Academic Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing, and General Language Development. You will also attend Independent Learning workshops to further develop critical thinking and study skills necessary to succeed at the University, as well as an IELTS Skills Practice module.
English for Academic Study A is designed for students with a minimum IELTS score of 4.5.
Aims and Objectives
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Better understand academic staff and classmates
- Identify ways in which to improve your pronunciation.
- Understand academic English writing structures and vocabulary at sentence and paragraph level
- Prepare and deliver an effective presentation
- Prepare and participate in seminar discussions.
- Develop strategies for improving your listening skills
- Participate in class discussions
- Understand the structure of academic texts at whole text and paragraph level
- Use appropriate reading strategies for your purposes
- Use academic language appropriately and effectively in written work
- Communicate confidently with your University staff and fellow students
- Produce essays with appropriate content
- Plan and structure your writing effectively
- Take notes in seminars.
- Use appropriate writing strategies for your purposes
- Use learning strategies to continue to build grammatical accuracy and vocabulary range
To develop strategies for improving your listening, the focus will be on general listening comprehension and will usually cover:
- How to listen effectively in lectures
- How to take appropriate and useful notes while listening To develop your reading skills, the module will typically cover:
- Finding information in a text
- Critical reading
- Understanding academic English writing structures and vocabulary at sentence and paragraph level
- Using academic reading texts for assignments
The following speaking skills are taught and practised in the module:
- Presentation skills
- Seminar skills:
Your writing skills will typically be developed through the following areas:
- Developing a clear and cohesive essay structure
- Using outside sources effectively in essays
- Producing essays with appropriate content
- Using academic language appropriately
- Developing grammatical accuracy and range
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
You will experience a wide variety of teaching and learning methods including: full class teaching; individual, pair and group work in class; set tasks to be completed outside class; use of authentic texts for exploitation; Independent Learning workshops and self-directed independent study. You will have fortnightly 20-minute tutorials with your class tutor to discuss your progress and will learn how to use the University libraries, including electronic resources.
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Resources & Reading list
Kisslinger, E. and Rost, M. (2009). Contemporary Topics: Academic Listening & Note taking Skills Book 1 & 2. New York: Pearson Longman.
Smith, J. and Margolis, A. (2009). English for Academic Study: Pronunciation. Reading: University of Reading.
Anderson, K., Maclean, J. and Lynch, T. (2004). Study Speaking. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Bailey,S. (2011). Academic Writing: A Handbook for International Students. Abingdon: Routledge.
Gillett, A., Hammond, A. and Martala, M. (2009). Successful Academic Writing (Inside Track Series) (Course Book 1). Harlow: Pearson Education Ltd..
Powell, M. (2002). Presenting in English. London: Thomson Heinle.
Campbell, C. and Smith, J. (2009). English for Academic Study: Listening. Reading: University of Reading.
Bell, D. (2008). Passport to Academic Presentations. Reading: Garnet Education.
Pakenham, K., McEntire, J. and Williams, J. (2013). Making Connections. Cambridge: CUP.
Williams, E. (2008). Presentations in English. Oxford: Macmillan.
Pallant, A. (2012). English for Academic Study: Writing Course Book. Reading: University of Reading and Garnet Publishing Ltd..
Slaght, J. (2004). English for academic study. Reading: University of Reading.
Lynch, T. (2004). Study Listening. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Van Emden, J. and Becker, L. (2010). Presentation Skills for Students. Basingstoke: Palgrave.
Sowton, C. (2012). 50 Steps to Improving your Academic Writing: Study Book. Reading: Garnet Publishing Ltd..
You will be graded separately on each of the four areas of the syllabus (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking), and will also receive an overall average grade for this module.
(F = formative, S = Summative)
L0 (F): Practice task L1 (S): Listening task
L2 (S): Final Listening exam (60mins)
R0 (F): Practice task R1 (S): Reading task
R2 (S): Final Reading exam (60mins)
W0 (F): Entry task (in class 1 hour, minimum 250 words) W1 (S): Writing task (min.500 words)
W2 (S): Essay (min.800 words)
W3 (S): Final Writing exam (90mins, minimum 400 words)
S0 (F): Practice Group Presentation
S1 (S): Speaking task (‘exploring a topic’ discussion) S2 (S): Final Group Presentation
Feedback on formative assessments is given verbally, in class tutorials and in writing on assessment criteria sheets.
Feedback on summative assessments is through notification of final mark.
This module does not permit referral. You must achieve the minimum speaking level stated in your conditional offer letter.
This is how we’ll give you feedback as you are learning. It is not a formal test or exam.Writing
This is how we’ll formally assess what you have learned in this module.