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IFYP0016 English for Academic Study

Module Overview

This module has been designed to ensure that students have the specific English language skills needed to study as an undergraduate student. Students are also taught how to show the sources of the information they use in their work by referencing their work using the Harvard referencing convention.

Aims and Objectives

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.
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.
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


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.

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
Wider reading or practice50
Follow-up work50
Completion of assessment task26
Total study time300

Resources & Reading list

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

University of Southampton study skills materials.

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


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 30%
Listening 10%
Open Book Exam 15%
Open Book Exam 10%
Presentation 15%
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