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HUMA5000 English for Masters Study 1

Module Overview

Your confidence in studying in English will grow, developing the skills needed to study at a British University. You will develop language and study skills to help you succeed on your postgraduate 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. The first 2 weeks of the semester will be devoted exclusively to intensive English followed by one hour per week throughout the semester of independent study. Independent study sessions are a very important element of your course and attendance is required. Sessions will be supported by a tutor, who will monitor your attendance and give you help in finding useful resources or work with you on areas you wish to develop. Some of the sessions will be tutor-led on study skills. The sessions are an opportunity to take control of your learning needs and work with the level of independence which is a feature of education in the UK.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

a. develop your awareness of and confidence in the English language, b. build your knowledge of general English language, c. develop study skills, d. help you develop vocabulary, oral and written skills appropriate to your Faculty, e. develop the listening, reading and writing skills in Academic English, f. develop research skills, g. develop an understanding of how to conduct small research projects, h. familiarise you with the academic culture of British university education, i. familiarise you with case studies, j. develop the speaking skills needed in debates, discussions and presentations.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • an increased awareness and understanding of the English language;
  • the relevant conventions followed in academic English (both written and spoken);
  • what is expected of a postgraduate student in British Higher Education, especially in terms of approach to studying and learning;
  • how academic texts are coherently constructed
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • listen to, understand and take notes in lectures;
  • write short academic essays including pieces of researched writing;
  • employ a range of general and academic vocabulary appropriately;
  • apply a range of reading strategies;
  • work as a member of a team by cooperating with others, negotiating, listening to others in a 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 study time effectively.
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • write researched, academic essays;
  • listen to, understand and take notes in lectures;
  • paraphrase and summarise academic reading texts;
  • take part in seminars and academic discussions, debates and tutorials;
  • deliver effective presentations in an academic context, both individually and as part of a team;
  • critically appraise and review articles.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • interpret and analyse a range of information;
  • present reasoned and structured arguments, both orally and in written form;
  • extract and synthesise key information from written and spoken sources;
  • express facts and concepts clearly using appropriate language;
  • understand detailed reasoning.


Teaching methods include:- Seminar classes, lectures, tutorials Learning activities include:- Individual study, group and pair work, preparing presentations and discussions in small groups.

Special Features

This module enables you to develop both your general English language skills as well as your academic skills with respect to: writing, reading, listening and speaking. This unit has been designed to meet the needs of international or overseas students intending to progress to postgraduate programmes. The aim of the module is to provide you with a firm foundation in academic English and study skills that will facilitate your progress and achievement in your chosen postgraduate programme of study.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Assessments designed to provide informal feedback on:- ? oral presentations ? classroom guidance on coursework and weekly assignments. Your work will be formally assessed through:- ? group oral presentation ? essay ? mid semester exam (reading & listening) ? end of semester exam (reading, writing & listening)

Independent Study180
Total study time300

Resources & Reading list

Yule G. (2006). Oxford Practice Grammar: Advanced. 

Gillet, A., Hammond, A. & Martala, M. (2009). Inside Track: Successful Academic Writing. 

Ramsay, P., Maier, P. & Price, G. (2010). Study Skills for Business & Management Students. 

Bailey, S. (2011). Academic Writing for International Students of Business. 

Corballis, T. & Jennings, W. (2009). English for Management Studies. 

Chazal, Edward de & McCarter, Sam (2012). Oxford EAP Upper Intermediate. 

McCarthy, M. & O’Dell F. (2006). Academic Writing in Use. 


Assessment Strategy

Relationship between the teaching, learning and assessment methods and the planned learning outcomes:- Your knowledge and understanding of the type of English used in the context of a British university will be deepened and expanded through participation in classes and private study. Your ability to produce good quality written and spoken English will be taking part in class activities and preparing essays, presentations and contributions to seminars.


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (1200 words) 30%
Examination 30%
Group presentation  (12 minutes) 20%
Listening 10%
Reading 10%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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