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ENGL9061 English for Academic Study (EAS) Part A

Module Overview

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

Module Aims

The English for Academic Study Programme (EAS) A module will focus on four related areas of English learning (as below). The skills are taught together, as they often overlap. For example, your knowledge of how to write coherent paragraphs will also be important when reading from your sources, listening to other English speakers and speaking. As a result, you will be expected to practise a range of skills in the same class. Listening: You will to develop the academic listening skills you will need to succeed in your future university study. You will be strongly encouraged to develop your academic listening skills and confidence to understand different accents. You will also be taught effective practice in note taking and techniques to help you to understand a variety of academic lectures which you will watch/listen to in subsequent modules within the EAS programme. Reading: You will develop your independent reading skills so that you are prepared for the challenges of the extensive reading you will be expected to undertake in your future course of study. Speaking: You will develop your speaking skills and confidence to deliver an effective academic presentation. You will also be taught how to engage effectively in an academic discussions and how to develop critical thinking about relevant topics. Writing: You will develop your independent writing skills so that you are prepared for the challenges of the written assignments you will be expected to undertake in your future programme of study. The English for Academic Study Programme (EAS) A module will focus on four related areas of English learning (as below). The skills are taught together, as they often overlap. For example, your knowledge of how to write coherent paragraphs will also be important when reading from your sources, listening to other English speakers and speaking. As a result, you will be expected to practise a range of skills in the same class. Listening: You will to develop the academic listening skills you will need to succeed in your future university study. You will be strongly encouraged to develop your academic listening skills and confidence to understand different accents. You will also be taught effective practice in note taking and techniques to help you to understand a variety of academic lectures which you will watch/listen to in subsequent modules within the EAS programme. Reading: You will develop your independent reading skills so that you are prepared for the challenges of the extensive reading you will be expected to undertake in your future course of study. Speaking: You will develop your speaking skills and confidence to deliver an effective academic presentation. You will also be taught how to engage effectively in an academic discussions and how to develop critical thinking about relevant topics. Writing: You will develop your independent writing skills so that you are prepared for the challenges of the written assignments you will be expected to undertake in your future programme of study.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Develop strategies for improving your listening skills
  • Communicate confidently with your University staff and fellow students
  • Identify ways in which to improve your pronunciation.
  • Use appropriate writing strategies for your purposes
  • Plan and structure your writing effectively
  • Use academic language appropriately and effectively in written work
  • Produce essays with appropriate content
  • Use learning strategies to continue to build grammatical accuracy and vocabulary range
  • Better understand academic staff and classmates
  • Take notes in seminars.
  • Use appropriate reading strategies for your purposes
  • Understand the structure of academic texts at whole text and paragraph level
  • Understand academic English writing structures and vocabulary at sentence and paragraph level
  • Prepare and deliver an effective presentation
  • Prepare and participate in seminar discussions.
  • Participate in class discussions

Syllabus

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: • Pronunciation • 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 and tutorials (normally in pairs with your tutor). You will have tutorials with your class tutor to discuss your progress and will learn how to use the University libraries, including electronic resources.

TypeHours
Teaching288
Total study time288

Resources & Reading list

Lynch, T. (2004). Study Listening. 

Bell, D. (2008). Passport to Academic Presentations. 

Anderson, K., Maclean, J. and Lynch, T. (2004). Study Speaking. 

Kisslinger, E. and Rost, M. (2009). Contemporary Topics: Academic Listening & Note taking Skills Book 1 & 2. 

Gillett, A., Hammond, A. and Martala, M. (2009). Successful Academic Writing (Inside Track Series) (Course Book 1). 

Sowton, C. (2012). 50 Steps to Improving your Academic Writing: Study Book. 

Powell, M. (2002). Presenting in English. 

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

Slaght, J. (2004). English for academic study. 

Pakenham, K., McEntire, J. and Williams, J. (2013). Making Connections. 

Williams, E. (2008). Presentations in English. 

Van Emden, J. and Becker, L. (2010). Presentation Skills for Students. 

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

Smith, J. and Margolis, A. (2009). English for Academic Study: Pronunciation. 

Pallant, A. (2012). English for Academic Study: Writing Course Book. 

Assessment

Assessment Strategy

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. Assessment Method (F = formative, S = Summative) Listening: L0 (F): Practice task L1 (S): Listening task L2 (S): Final Listening exam (60mins) Reading: R0 (F): Practice task R1 (S): Reading task R2 (S): Final Reading exam (60mins) Writing: 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) Speaking: S0 (F): Practice Group Presentation S1 (S): Speaking task (‘exploring a topic’ discussion) S2 (S): Final Group Presentation Feedback Methods 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. Referral Method This module does not permit referral. You must achieve the minimum speaking level stated in your conditional offer letter.

Formative

Listening

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Listening  (1 hours) 15%
Listening 10%
Reading 10%
Reading  (1 hours) 15%
Speaking 10%
Speaking 15%
Writing  (90 minutes) 5%
Writing  ( words) 5%
Writing  ( words) 15%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal

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