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ENGL9062 English for Academic Study (EAS) Part B

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 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

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.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • develop strategies for improving your listening skills
  • better understand lectures at University.
  • better understand academic staff and classmates
  • 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: • Pronunciation • 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.

Total study time288

Resources & Reading list

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

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

Sanabria, K. (2004). Academic Listening Encounters: Life in Society. 

Powell, M. (2010). Dynamic Presentations. 

Godfrey, J. (2010). Reading and Making Notes. 

Beglar, D. and Murray, N. (2009). Contemporary Topics: Academic Listening & Note taking Skills Book 3. 

Gillett, A. et al. (2009). Inside Track: Successful Academic Writing. 

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

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

McCormack, J. and Slaght, J. (2012). Extended Writing and Research Skills Course Book. 

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

Williams, K. and Carroll, J. (2009). Referencing & Understanding Plagiarism. 

Cottrell, S. (2011). Critical Thinking Skills: Developing Effective Analysis and Argument. 

Williams, K. (2009). Getting Critical. 

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

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

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

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


Assessment Strategy

Assessment Method (F = formative, S = Summative) Listening L0 (F): Practice task L1 (S): Listening task L2 (S): Final Listening exam (90mins) Reading R0 (F): Practice task R1 (S): Reading task R2 (S): Final Reading exam (90mins) Writing W0 (F): Essay (min.800 words) W1 (S): Essay (Research) (min.1,500 words) W2 (S): Final Writing exam (90mins. min.400 words) Speaking S0 (F): Practice Group Seminar Discussion S1 (S): Group Seminar Discussion S2 (S): Practice Individual Presentation S3 (S): Individual 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.




MethodPercentage contribution
Listening 10%
Listening  (90 minutes) 15%
Reading 10%
Reading  (90 minutes) 15%
Speaking 10%
Speaking 15%
Writing  (90 minutes) 5%
Writing  ( words) 20%
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