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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 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

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Understand a topic in more depth through independent research.
  • Take an active and effective part in academic discussions to be able to sustain your point of view.
  • Read effectively in order to carry out your academic studies and make effective notes and summaries
  • Understand what is expected of a student in higher education, especially in terms of approach to studying and learning.
  • Use English for a range of academic purposes.
  • Present reasoned and structured arguments, both orally and in written form.
  • Critically evaluate evidence and opinion in selected subjects.
  • Identify, select and draw upon a range of printed and electronic sources.
  • Extract and synthesise key information from appropriate sources.
  • Listen effectively to verbal and aural material used when at a British University.
  • Better understand lectures at University and take effective notes
  • Give effective, academic presentations.


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; • Pronunciation • 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.

Practical classes and workshops170
Guided independent study20
Total study time200

Resources & Reading list

Jeanne Godfrey (2013). How to use your reading in your essays. 

BBC Radio 4 podcasts.

BBC Learning English.

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

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

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

TED Talks.

Stephen Bailey (2011). Academic Writing: A handbook for International Students. 

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



Reading task


MethodPercentage contribution
Final Exam  (270 minutes) 35%
Listening  (12 minutes) 10%
Reading  (90 minutes) 10%
Speaking  (15 minutes) 20%
Speaking  (20 minutes) 5%
Writing  (2000 words) 20%


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:


There are no specific costs associated with the EAS Programme.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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