This module forms part of the English for Academic Study Programme (EAS) in which you study Academic Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing. You will also attend Independent Learning workshops to further develop your critical thinking and study skills necessary to succeed at the University.
English for Academic Study C is designed for students who have not achieved the level required to progress on to their degree programme at the end of EAS Part B. Also, students wishing to continue and consolidate their language skills may choose to do Part C.
The final pass mark is dependent on the mark you need to progress on to your substantive degree programme. You cannot repeat this or either of the earlier two parts of the EAS programme if you do not achieve the marks you need. However you will be given advice about your future academic career.
Aims and Objectives
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Give effective, academic presentations.
- Listen effectively to verbal and aural material used when at a British University.
- Understand what is expected of a student in higher education, especially in terms of approach to studying and learning.
- Read effectively in order to carry out your academic studies and make effective notes and summaries
- Better understand lectures at University and take effective notes
- Identify, select and draw upon a range of printed and electronic sources.
- Present reasoned and structured arguments, both orally and in written form.
- Take an active and effective part in academic discussions to be able to sustain your point of view.
- Extract and synthesise key information from appropriate sources.
- Critically evaluate evidence and opinion in selected subjects.
- Understand a topic in more depth through independent research.
- Use English for a range of academic purposes.
The English for Academic Study Programme (EAS) Part C module you will focus on all four related areas of English language learning; writing, reading, listening and speaking. 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 practise a range of skills in the same class.
The Listening syllabus will build on your previous listening skills, developing, reinforcing and improving the following areas:
- Listening effectively in lectures and taking appropriate and useful notes.
- Attending several guest lectures with students from the Pre-sessional programme in order to practise the skills taught, and to accustom you to the style of lectures used in the UK.
- Attending weekly workshops which focus on a different topic and support your academic studies.
The Reading syllabus will build on your previous reading skills, developing, reinforcing and improving 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 aspects of your Speaking skills will be taught, practised and improved in this module;
- Presentation skills
- Seminar and discussion skills
The following areas of Writing are further developed, reinforced and improved 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 variety of teaching and learning methods including: full class teaching; weekly workshops; guest lectures; 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 20-minute individual tutorials every 2 weeks with your class tutor to discuss your progress.
|Guided independent study||20|
|Practical classes and workshops||170|
|Total study time||200|
Resources & Reading list
Cottrell, S. (2011). Critical Thinking Skills: Developing Effective Analysis and Argument. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Stephen Bailey (2011). Academic Writing: A handbook for International Students. Oxon: Routledge.
McCormack, J. and Slaght, J. (2012). Extended Writing and Research Skills Course Book. Reading: University of Reading/Garnet Publishing Ltd..
Van Emden, J. and Becker, L. (2010). Presentation Skills for Students. Basingstoke: Palgrave.
Jeanne Godfrey (2013). How to use your reading in your essays. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Williams, K. and Carroll, J. (2009). Referencing & Understanding Plagiarism. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
This is how we’ll give you feedback as you are learning. It is not a formal test or exam.Speaking
This is how we’ll formally assess what you have learned in this module.