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 B is designed for students with a minimum IELTS score of 5.0 OR who have also registered for English for Academic Study A.
Aims and Objectives
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- better understand lectures at University.
- better understand academic staff and classmates
- develop strategies for improving your listening skills
- take notes in lectures and seminar.
The Listening syllabus helps you to develop strategies for improving your listening, and focuses in particular, on how to listen effectively in lectures and how to take appropriate and useful notes while listening. You will attend ‘live’ guest lectures in order to practise the skills taught, and to accustom you to the style of lectures used in the UK.
The Reading syllabus will build on your previous reading skills, developing the following areas:
- Finding information in a text
- Critical reading
- Understanding of academic English writing structures and vocabulary at sentence and paragraph level
- Using academic reading texts for assignments
Three main Speaking areas are taught and practised:
- Presentation skills
- Seminar skills
The following areas of Writing are deepened and further developed in this module:
- 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. Students will, in addition, see their tutor each week to discuss their Personal Research Project (PRP) which is worth 20% of their written mark.
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Resources & Reading list
Sanabria, K. (2004). Academic Listening Encounters: Life in Society. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Powell, M. (2010). Dynamic Presentations. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Pakenham, K., McEntire, J. and Williams, J. (2013). Making Connections. Cambridge: CUP.
Powell, M. (2002). Presenting in English. London: Thomson Heinle.
Bell, D. (2008). Passport to Academic Presentations. Reading: Garnet Education.
Godfrey, J. (2010). Reading and Making Notes. Palgrave.
Williams, K. (2009). Getting Critical. Palgrave.
Anderson, K., Maclean, J. and Lynch, T. (2004). Study Speaking. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Gillett, A. et al. (2009). Inside Track: Successful Academic Writing. Longman.
Smith, J. and Margolis, A. (2009). English for Academic Study: Pronunciation. Reading: University of Reading.
Van Emden, J. and Becker, L. (2010). Presentation Skills for Students. Basingstoke: Palgrave.
Bailey,S. (2011). Academic Writing: A Handbook for International Students. Abingdon: Routledge.
Beglar, D. and Murray, N. (2009). Contemporary Topics: Academic Listening & Note taking Skills Book 3. New York: Pearson Longman.
Williams, K. and Carroll, J. (2009). Referencing & Understanding Plagiarism. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Campbell, C. and Smith, J. (2009). English for Academic Study: Listening. Reading: University of Reading.
Slaght, J. (2004). English for academic study. Reading: University of Reading.
Cottrell, S. (2011). Critical Thinking Skills: Developing Effective Analysis and Argument. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
McCormack, J. and Slaght, J. (2012). Extended Writing and Research Skills Course Book. Reading: University of Reading/Garnet Publishing Ltd..
(F = formative, S = Summative)
L0 (F): Practice task L1 (S): Listening task
L2 (S): Final Listening exam (90mins)
R0 (F): Practice task R1 (S): Reading task
R2 (S): Final Reading exam (90mins)
W0 (F): Essay (min.800 words)
W1 (S): Essay (Research) (min.1,500 words)
W2 (S): Final Writing exam (90mins. min.400 words)
S0 (F): Practice Group Seminar Discussion S1 (S): Group Seminar Discussion
S2 (S): Practice Individual Presentation S3 (S): Individual 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.