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ENGL9089 English for Academic Study (EAS) Part C

Module Overview

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 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. Also, students wishing to continue and consolidate their language skills may choose to do Part C.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The English for Academic Study Programme (EAS) C 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. The module will help you to raise your proficiency in English before starting a course or undertaking research at a British university. Listening: You will further develop, improve and reinforce the academic listening skills you will need to succeed in your future university study. You will continue to be taught effective practice in note taking and techniques to help you to understand a variety of academic lectures. Reading: You will further develop, improve and reinforce 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 programme of study. Speaking: You will further develop, improve and reinforce your speaking skills and confidence to deliver an effective academic presentation. Engaging effectively in academic discussions and developing critical thinking skills about relevant topics will be focused on. Writing: You will further develop, improve and reinforce your 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.
  • take notes in lectures and seminar.


The Listening syllabus helps you to further develop and reinforce 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 several ‘live’ guest lectures in order to practise the skills taught, and to accustom you to the style of lectures used in the UK. You will also attend 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 Speaking areas are taught, practised and improved: • Pronunciation • Presentation skills • Seminar 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 wide variety of teaching and learning methods including: full class teaching; weekly workshops and 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 fortnightly 20-minute individual tutorials with your class tutor to discuss your progress.

Total study time200

Resources & Reading list

BBC Radio 4: The Reith Lectures.

TED Talks.

Swales, J. and Feak, C. (2004). Academic Writing for Graduate Students. 

Espeseth, M. (1999). Academic Listening Encounters: Human Behaviour. 

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

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

Powell, M. (2010). Dynamic Presentations. 

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

BBC Radio 4 podcasts.

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

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

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


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 Reading R0 (F): Practice task R1 (S): Reading task R2 (S): Final Reading exam Writing W1 (S): Essay (Research) (min.2,000 words) W2 (S): Final Writing exam (min.400 words) Speaking S0 (F): Practice Individual Presentation S1 (S): Individual Presentation S2 (F): Practice Seminar Discussion S3 (S): Seminar Discussion 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 15%
Listening 10%
Reading 10%
Reading 15%
Speaking 20%
Speaking 5%
Writing  ( words) 5%
Writing  ( words) 20%
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