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GENG0016 English Language

Module Overview

This module is designed to help you improve your command of spoken and written English, in particular the language and style used to communicate science and engineering. The module is intended to integrate with the work you do in your technical modules top support your learning during the Foundation Year and beyond.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Relevant conventions followed in academic English (both written and spoken) in the fields of science and engineering.
  • Listening and note-taking skills: being able to understand the gist and some detail of general and technical texts from a range of media.
  • How to write short technical texts in an appropriate academic style.
  • How to approach the reading of scientific and technical texts.
  • How to engage with a degree of good grammatical correctness and spontaneity in conversations relating to most everyday topics as well as in discussions and presentations on some technical topics.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Extract data and ideas from general and technical texts in a range of media with the support of reference materials.
  • Interpret and analyse a range of information beyond mere description.
  • Express facts and concepts clearly using some complex constructions and an appropriate range of vocabulary.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Research and produce a project. Note that assessment of the project forms part of the GENG0015 Coursework module.
  • Apply a range of reading strategies and use the library.
  • Use a variety of resources for the purpose of independent study.
  • Work as a member of a team by cooperating with others, negotiating, listening to others in the group, sharing responsibilities/tasks and meeting deadlines.
  • Take part in discussion, seminars and tutorials.
  • Prepare and deliver oral presentations, both individually and as part of a team.
  • Organise your language learning effectively: reflect on your progress; set study targets and learn how to plan and organise your own learning schedule.


This module will provide a consolidation and extension of previous linguistic knowledge within the study and production of material of use on undergraduate programmes in the fields of science and engineering. It will present and practise key language structures, integrating them with strategies for communication. The module will have a broadly technical / scientific focus and examine texts and academic conventions appropriate to this genre. You will become more autonomous and independent in your approach to language learning and know how to use a wide range of resources to achieve this goal. You will develop language and study skills to help you succeed on your undergraduate programme: listening skills for greater understanding and better note taking in lectures; speaking skills for successful participation in seminars and discussion groups; reading skills for more effective reading; referencing skills for selecting useful sources and using the library effectively; writing skills for effective academic assignments and exam answers.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Learning activities include • Individual, pair work and group study/research • Preparing and delivering presentations and discussions Teaching methods include • Seminars • Individual tutorials

Preparation for scheduled sessions20
Completion of assessment task2
Follow-up work20
Total study time150


Assessment Strategy

Referral Policy: Referred students will retake examination paper only. The marks for the written assignment and oral presentation already acquired during the academic year will be combined with the new examination mark to determine referred module mark. Repeat year either externally or internally: For external repeat, students will take the examination paper only and marks for the written assignment and oral presentation already acquired will be carried forward and combined with the new examination mark to determine module mark.


MethodPercentage contribution
Continuous Assessment 30%
Final Assessment  70%


MethodPercentage contribution
Set Task 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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