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PRES0004 Academic Reading (Pre-sessional Course A)

Module Overview

This module is non-credit bearing and forms part of Pre-sessional Course A in which you study Academic Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing. You also attend Independent Learning workshops to further develop critical thinking and study skills necessary to succeed at the University. The reading module is taught in conjunction with the writing module as these skills often overlap; for example, the ability to read critically is also an important skill for effective academic writing. As a result, you will be expected to practise a range of skills in the same class. The reading module follows the University of Southampton Pre-sessional Course A Reading and Writing syllabus.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Use appropriate reading strategies for your purposes
  • Efficiently identify reliable sources appropriate for your discipline
  • Employ critical reading skills
  • Understand the structure of academic texts at whole text and paragraph level
  • Understand academic English writing structures and vocabulary at sentence and paragraph level

Syllabus

A. FINDING INFORMATION IN A TEXT 1. Reading for gist; identifying general information in a text – skimming techniques. 2. Locating specific information – scanning techniques. 3. Distinguishing between main ideas, subsidiary ideas and supporting information/examples. 4. Reading intensively for detailed understanding and implied information. 5. Understanding the structure of academic texts at whole text and paragraph level. B. CRITICAL READING 1. Identifying reliable/unreliable sources. 2. Identifying writer, intended audience and purpose. 3. Recognising bias and vested interest. 4. Making judgements about central claims of text and context for text. 5. Evaluating argument presented (reasoning, evidence and conclusions). C. UNDERSTANDING OF ACADEMIC ENGLISH WRITING STRUCTURES AND VOCABULARY AT SENTENCE AND PARAGRAPH LEVEL 1. Process sentences with complex noun phrases, clauses and clause markers. 2. Understanding of discourse markers at paragraph and text level. 3. Knowledge of academic word list and verbs of reference. 4. Ability to work out the meaning of unknown vocabulary. 5. Recognising synonyms used in a text. 6. Distinguishing between nuances of meaning (i.e. precise understanding). 7. Understanding meaning referred to by pronouns and other reference phrases in specific contexts. D. USING ACADEMIC READING TEXTS FOR ASSIGNMENTS 1. Recognising and recording source details. 2. Using notes to record information from texts, including quotations. 3. Completing summaries based on notes and text information. 4. Recognising acceptable/ non-acceptable paraphrase from a text.

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 reading texts for exploitation; Independent Learning workshops; self-directed independent study and tutorials (normally in pairs with your tutor).

TypeHours
Teaching5
Independent Study5
Total study time10

Resources & Reading list

A Pallant (2012). English for Academic Study: Writing Course Book. 

University of Toronto [online].

C Sowton (2012). 50 Steps to Improving your Academic Writing: Study Book. 

University of Michigan Press [online].

C Fletcher (2013). Skills for Study Level 3. 

J McCormack and J Slaght (2012). Extended Writing and Research Skills Course Book. 

D Burnapp (2009). Getting Ahead as an International Student. 

A Oshima and A Hogue (2006). Writing Academic English. 

University of Nottingham AWL gapmaker [online].

J Bell and S Walters (2014). Doing Your Research Project: A Guide for First-Time Researchers. 

R Pears and G Shield (2013). Cite them Right. 

K McMillan and J Weyers (2013). How to Research & Write a Successful PhD. 

N Murray and G Hughes (2008). Writing Up Your University Assignments and Research Projects: A Practical Handbook. 

Academic Writing in English (AWE) Finnish Virtual Language Centre [online].

A Gillett, A Hammond and M Martala (2009). Successful Academic Writing (Inside Track Series). 

J Slaght (2012). English for Academic Study: Reading and Writing Source Book. 

J Godfrey (2013b). The Student Phrase Book: Vocabulary for writing at university. 

Cite them right online.

H Reinders, N Moore and M Lewis (2008). The International Student Handbook. 

S Bailey (2015a). Academic Writing: A Handbook for International Students. 

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 Harvard Guide.

N Caplan (2012). Grammar Choices for Graduate and Professional Writers. 

S McCarter and P Jakes (2009). Uncovering EAP: How to Teach Academic Writing and Reading. 

University of Portsmouth [online]..

A Wallwork (2012). English for Research: Usage, Style, and Grammar. 

Anglia Ruskin University [online].

LLAS webpage for exam preparation [online].

S Cottrell (2011). Critical Thinking Skills: Developing Effective Analysis and Argument. 

T Day (2013). Success in Academic Writing. 

British Council Learn English Writing for a Purpose.

S Argent and O Alexander (2014). Access EAP: Frameworks Course Book. 

Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL) [online].

J Swales and C Feak (2012). Academic Writing for Graduate Students. 

K Paterson, and R Wedge (2013). Oxford Grammar for EAP: English Grammar and Practice for Academic Purposes with answers. 

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].

C Sowton (2014). Unlock Level 4 Reading and Writing Skills: Student's Book and Online Workbook. 

University of Nottingham AWL highlighter [online]..

K Pakenham, J McEntire and J Williams (2013). Making Connections Level 3 Student’s book: Skills and strategies for Academic Reading. 

A McNair and F Gooch (2013). Language for Study Level 3. 

UEfAP website (Andy Gillet) [online].

A Osmond (2013). Academic Writing and Grammar for Students. 

SAGE Study skills Resources.

S Bailey (2015b). Academic Writing for International Students of Business. 

J Godfrey (2013a). How to Use Your Reading in Your Essays. 

R R Jordan (1999). Academic Writing Course. 

D Hopkins and P Cullen (2007). Grammar for IELTS with Answers. 

Assessment

Formative

Reading task

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (90 minutes) 100%
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