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HUMA5015 English for Masters Study (12 weeks)

Module Overview

The overall objective is to prepare you for postgraduate study at the University of Southampton and increase your confidence as a user of academic English. You will develop your listening and speaking and reading and writing skills in English in an academic context. You will also work on developing interpersonal and intrapersonal skills useful for postgraduate study and gain a deeper understanding of the academic environment here, in the UK and at global level. You will also be able to apply skills covered on other modules (e.g. Critical and Contextual Thinking) to both your writing and speaking.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • how academic texts are coherently constructed;
  • 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 to work effectively in a team;
  • how to reflect on your own performance and relate this to your personal development;
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;
  • use different strategies to understand detailed reasoning.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • employ a range of general and academic English vocabulary appropriately;
  • apply a range of reading and listening strategies to a variety of academic text types;
  • take part effectively in discussions, seminars and tutorials in English;
  • prepare and deliver effective oral presentations using a variety of techniques;
  • understand the requirements of assignment tasks, prepare effective and appropriate written responses and reference according to academic conventions;
  • better understand your role as a postgraduate student in the academic community;
  • improve your interpersonal skills in English by working as a member of a team;
  • organise your study time effectively.
  • develop your ability to reflect critically on your academic progress.
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • listen to, understand and take effective notes in lectures;
  • critically reflect on your progress and develop as an autonomous learner.
  • take part effectively in seminars and academic discussions, debates and tutorials;
  • plan and write effective academic essays and reports incorporating source material using appropriate referencing conventions and style;
  • deliver effective presentations in an academic context;
  • understand, summarise and critically evaluate academic reading texts;


The overall objective is to prepare you for postgraduate study at the University of Southampton. This module is structured around key concepts related to postgraduate study which serve as themes for the content of the course (e.g. Discussion and Research). Each theme contains a variety of related reading, writing, listening and speaking tasks and activities, some individual projects and some that you will work on in groups. You will develop your language and study skills and increase your confidence as a user of academic English whilst at the same time becoming more familiar with various aspects of university life, both in the UK and in the wider, global context. This module will also encourage you to reflect critically on your own progress as you learn and work on your development as an autonomous learner.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods will include:- Seminar classes, lectures, workshops and tutorials. Learning activities will include:- Individual study (e.g. preparatory reading for a class, supplementary exercises on the VLE (virtual learning environment) Blackboard, group and pair work discussions and tasks, preparing presentations, group research projects and independent study (grammar/vocabulary exercises and short writing practice).

Independent Study30
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

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

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

Dubicka, Iwonna & O’Keeffe Margaret (2011). Advanced Market Leader. 

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

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

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

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

University of Southampton study skills materials.



MethodPercentage contribution
Essay 55%
Group presentation 30%
Listening and note-taking task  (90 minutes) 15%


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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