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IFYP0001 English for Academic Study

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

• Help you to improve your command of general and academic English; • Provide you with an opportunity to develop and consolidate your language and study skills in an academic context; • Make you aware of appropriate academic conventions observed in British Higher Education; • Help you to acquire a range of transferable academic skills essential for effective study; • Encourage you to become a more independent learner.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • the relevant conventions followed in academic English (both written and spoken);
  • what is expected of an undergraduate student in British Higher Education, especially in terms of approach to studying and learning;
  • how academic texts are structured
  • the English language skills need to study as an undergraduate at a British university.
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:

  • Effective note taking
  • Using citation and referencing to acknowledge source materials
  • Writing cohesive, well contracted essays and reports
  • effective reading, listening, presentation techniques
  • command of academic English vocabulary
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.


Through the study of a series of current topics, you will gain the ability to analyse and express your views on these themes. The will enable you to apply the concepts learned through the medium of academic English. You will become more autonomous and independent in your approach to academic study. 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.

Special Features

This module is delivered over two semesters and enables you to develop your academic skills with respect to: writing, reading, listening and speaking This unit has been designed to meet the needs of international students intending to progress to undergraduate programmes in the Faculties of Humanities, Social Sciences and Management and Law. 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 undergraduate programme of study.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include Lectures, seminars and individual support from your academic advisor. Learning activities include Individual study, group and pair work, preparing presentations and discussions in small groups and tutorials.

Preparation for scheduled sessions40
Completion of assessment task26
Follow-up work50
Wider reading or practice50
Total study time300

Resources & Reading list

De Chazal E. et al (2012). Oxford EAP – Upper Intermediate. 

University of Southampton study skills materials.

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


Assessment Strategy

Assessments designed to provide informal, on-module feedback  on oral presentations  classroom guidance on coursework and project work.  on your work via academic advisors Your work will be formally assessed through:-  two reading and writing exams  two listening exams  an oral presentation  an assessed seminar  four essays


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay 20%
Essay 10%
Examination 25%
Examination 15%
Listening 5%
Listening 15%
Oral presentation 5%
Seminar 5%


MethodPercentage contribution
Exam  (2 hours) 100%
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