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 writing module is taught in conjunction with the reading module as these skills often overlap; for
example, your knowledge of how to write coherent paragraphs will be an important tool when reading and
processing information from your sources. As a result, you will be expected to practise a range of skills in the
The reading module follows the University of Southampton Pre-sessional Course A Reading and Writing
Aims and Objectives
Transferable and Generic Skills
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Plan and structure your writing effectively
- Paraphrase, summarise, synthesise and use quotations to reference correctly from your sources
- Use academic language appropriately and effectively in written work
- Produce essays with appropriate content
- Use appropriate writing strategies for your purposes
- Employ critical writing strategies to convey your evaluation of information and ideas obtained from your sources
- Use learning strategies to continue to build grammatical accuracy and vocabulary range
A. DEVELOPING A CLEAR AND COHESIVE ESSAY STRUCTURE
1. Using titles, outlines and topic development strategies effectively when planning.
2. Providing a clear introduction and conclusion.
3. Dividing body paragraphs appropriately.
4. Ensuring points are logically ordered, suitably linked and well-supported at paragraph and essay level.
5. Meeting assignment word count.
B. USING OUTSIDE SOURCES EFFECTIVELY IN ESSAYS
1. Producing clear, distinct and appropriately balanced use of quotation, paraphrase, summary and synthesis
in written work.
2. Incorporating Harvard in-text references accurately and providing a corresponding reference list in Harvard
3. Balancing effective source use with original input.
4. Avoiding plagiarism and ensuring compliance with University Academic Integrity policy.
C. PRODUCING ESSAYS WITH APPROPRIATE CONTENT
1. Ensuring all parts of the task are covered.
2. Providing relevant factual information/ data commentary and description where necessary.
3. Writing critically to support and strengthen an argument.
4. Using an effective analytical rather than descriptive approach.
5. Showing evidence of own voice and original insight.
D. USING ACADEMIC LANGUAGE APPROPRIATELY
1. Ability to explore topic fully and use accurate vocabulary choice, both subject-specific and general.
2. Ensuring style and register is appropriate, academic and consistent.
3. Incorporating appropriate synonym, word order and word form changes in paraphrases or summaries.
4. Conveying meaning effectively.
E. DEVELOPING GRAMMATICAL ACCURACY AND RANGE
1. Using punctuation accurately and consistently.
2. Showing evidence of range of appropriate simple and complex structures and clauses.
3. Ensuring meaning is not impeded by grammatical issues.
4. Adopting beneficial proof reading strategies to check for common errors (sentence fragment/ pronoun
use/ S-V agreement etc.).
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 for exploitation;
Independent Learning workshops; self-directed independent study and tutorials (normally in pairs with your
tutor). You will have weekly tutorials with your class tutor to discuss your progress and will learn how to use
the University libraries, including electronic resources.
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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 Cottrell (2011). Critical Thinking Skills: Developing Effective Analysis and Argument. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
J McCormack and J Slaght (2012). Extended Writing and Research Skills Course Book. Reading: University of Reading and Garnet Publishing Ltd.
A Oshima and A Hogue (2006). Writing Academic English. New York: Pearson Education.
D Hopkins and P Cullen. Grammar for IELTS with Answers. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
J Swales and C Feak (2012). Academic Writing for Graduate Students. Michigan: The University of Michigan Press.
J Bell and S Walters (2014). Doing Your Research Project: A Guide for First-Time Researchers. Maidenhead: McGraw-Hill Open University Press.
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.
S McCarter and P Jakes (2009). Uncovering EAP: How to Teach Academic Writing and Reading. Oxford: Macmillan Publishers Ltd.
D Burnapp (2009). Getting Ahead as an International Student. Maidenhead: McGraw Hill/Open University Press.
K Paterson, and R Wedge (2013). Oxford Grammar for EAP: English Grammar and Practice for Academic Purposes with answers. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
A McNair and F Gooch (2013). Language for Study Level 3. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
C Sowton (2014). Unlock Level 4 Reading and Writing Skills: Student's Book and Online Workbook. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
C Fletcher (2013). Skills for Study Level 3. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
K McMillan and J Weyers (2013). How to Research & Write a Successful PhD. Harlow: Pearson Education.
S Bailey (2015a). Academic Writing: A Handbook for International Students. Abingdon: Routledge.
A Wallwork (2012). English for Research: Usage, Style, and Grammar. New York: Springer US.
H Reinders, N Moore and M Lewis (2008). The International Student Handbook. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
C Sowton (2012). 50 Steps to Improving your Academic Writing: Study Book. Reading: Garnet Publishing Ltd.
A Osmond (2013). Academic Writing and Grammar for Students. London: Sage Publications.
S Bailey (2015b). Academic Writing for International Students of Business. Abingdon: Routledge.
R Pears and G Shield (2013). Cite them Right. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
A Pallant (2012). English for Academic Study: Writing Course Book. Reading: University of Reading and Garnet Publishing Ltd.
A Gillett, A Hammond and M Martala (2009). Successful Academic Writing (Inside Track Series). Harlow: Pearson Education Ltd.
J Godfrey (2013a). How to Use Your Reading in Your Essays. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
J Slaght (2012). English for Academic Study: Reading and Writing Source Book. Reading: University of Reading and Garnet Publishing Ltd.
N Caplan (2012). Grammar Choices for Graduate and Professional Writers. Michigan: University of Michigan Press.
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 Argent and O Alexander (2014). Access EAP: Frameworks Course Book. Reading: Garnet Publishing Ltd.
T Day (2013). Success in Academic Writing. 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.
This is how we’ll give you feedback as you are learning. It is not a formal test or exam.Essay
This is how we’ll formally assess what you have learned in this module.