This module is non-credit bearing and forms part of Pre-sessional 11 Programme in which you study Academic Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing. You also attend Independent Learning workshops to develop critical thinking and study skills necessary to succeed at University in the UK.
Academic Reading is taught in conjunction with Academic Writing as these skills often overlap; for example, academic reading leads to academic writing in the form of researched essays, reports and dissertations, so the two skill areas are taught together. This means that the separate Reading and Writing modules will appear on your timetable as a combined ‘Reading and Writing’ sessions. The Academic Reading module follows the University of Southampton Pre-sessional 11 Reading and Writing syllabus and has specific assessments for this module.
Aims and Objectives
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Understand academic conventions around referencing sources (e.g. books or articles) in your work
- Understand differences between types and structures of texts in your discipline
- Understand how to use sources effectively for a specific purpose in your academic work
- Engage in reading processes that are appropriate for your purposes
- Identify relevant and reliable sources appropriate for your discipline
A. FINDING RELEVANT SOURCES
1. Researching with a purpose
2. Using research skills to find appropriate sources
3. Developing criticality when finding sources and evaluating their usefulness
B. UNDERSTANDING SOURCES
1. Understanding sources at a level that is appropriate for a task
2. Applying reading strategies and awareness of academic texts to read more effectively
3. Being critical when reading academic texts (e.g. considering their different purposes, reliability, biases, arguments and strength of claims)
C. CONVEYING THE MEANING AND PURPOSES OF A SOURCE
1. Reflecting the exact ideas of sources as relevant to a task
2. Maintaining the purposes of sources in relation to a task
3. Expressing a critical understanding of a source in relation to other sources
D. USING SOURCES IN RESEARCHED WRITING
1. Using sources according to academic conventions (e.g. referencing and citing appropriately)
2. Using sources critically in writing to show important information, support and awareness
3. Enhancing researched writing through appropriate use of reading
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
You will experience a wide variety of teaching and learning methods including: full class teaching; individual, pair and group work in class; set tasks to be completed outside class; use of authentic texts;
Independent Learning workshops; self-directed independent study; and tutorials with your tutor. In your tutorials you will discuss your progress and have the opportunity to ask about your work and learning needs.
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Resources & Reading list
University of Manchester – Academic Phrasebank (pages for introducing work, referring to the literature, being critical, describing methods, reporting results, discussing findings, writing conclusions, general functions).
University of Southampton LibGuides@Southampton (Academic Skills:Home- useful links for academic writing, critical thinking, information management, academic integrity, presentation skills, exam techniques and resources [online].
S Bailey (2015b). Academic Writing for International Students of Business. Abingdon: Routledge.
K Pakenham, J McEntire and J Williams (2013). Making Connections Level 3 Student’s book: Skills and strategies for Academic Reading. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
A Pallant (2012). English for Academic Study: Writing Course Book. Reading: University of Reading and Garnet Publishing Ltd.
A Oshima and A Hogue (2006). Writing Academic English. New York: Pearson Education Ltd.
J Godfrey (2013a). How to Use Your Reading in Your Essays. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
N Murray and G Hughes (2008). Writing Up Your University Assignments and Research Projects: A Practical Handbook. Maidenhead: McGraw-Hill Open University Press.
C Sowton (2014). Unlock Level 4 Reading and Writing Skills: Student's Book and Online Workbook. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
J Swales and C Feak (2012). Academic Writing for Graduate Students. Michigan: The University of Michigan Press.
S Cottrell (2011). Critical Thinking Skills: Developing Effective Analysis and Argument. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
A Osmond (2013). Academic Writing and Grammar for Students. London: Sage Publications.
T Day (2013). Success in Academic Writing. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
A McNair and F Gooch (2013). Language for Study Level 3. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
R Pears and G Shield (2013). Cite them Right. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
N Caplan (2012). Grammar Choices for Graduate and Professional Writers. Michigan: University of Michigan Press.
C Sowton (2012). 50 Steps to Improving your Academic Writing: Study Book. Reading: Garnet Publishing Ltd.
K Paterson, and R Wedge (2013). Oxford Grammar for EAP: English Grammar and Practice for Academic Purposes with answers. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
A Gillett, A Hammond and M Martala (2009). Successful Academic Writing (Inside Track Series). Harlow: Pearson Education Ltd.
K McMillan and J Weyers (2013). How to Research & Write a Successful PhD. Harlow: Pearson Education.
J Godfrey (2013b). The Student Phrase Book: Vocabulary for writing at university. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
R R Jordan (1999). Academic Writing Course. Harlow: Pearson Education Ltd.
S Bailey (2015a). Academic Writing: A Handbook for International Students. Abingdon: Routledge.
J McCormack and J Slaght (2012). Extended Writing and Research Skills Course Book. Reading: University of Reading.
D Burnapp (2009). Getting Ahead as an International Student. Maidenhead: McGraw-Hill/Open University Press.
J Slaght (2012). English for Academic Study: Reading and Writing Source Book. Reading: University of Reading and Garnet Publishing Ltd.
A Wallwork (2012). English for Research: Usage, Style, and Grammar. New York: Springer US.
D Hopkins and P Cullen (2007). Grammar for IELTS with Answers. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
J Bell and S Walters (2014). Doing Your Research Project: A Guide for First-Time Researchers. Maidenhead: McGraw-Hill Open University Press.
S Argent and O Alexander (2014). Access EAP: Frameworks Course Book. Reading: Garnet Publishing Ltd.
H Reinders, N Moore and M Lewis (2008). The International Student Handbook. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
C Fletcher (2013). Skills for Study Level 3. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
S McCarter and P Jakes (2009). Uncovering EAP: How to Teach Academic Writing and Reading. Oxford: Macmillan Publishers Ltd.
This is how we’ll give you feedback as you are learning. It is not a formal test or exam.Reading task
This is how we’ll formally assess what you have learned in this module.