This module is non-credit bearing and forms part of Pre-sessional 6 Programme in which you study Academic Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing. You also attend Independent Learning workshops to develop the 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 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 6 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 differences between types and structures of texts in your discipline
- Understand academic conventions around referencing sources (e.g. books or articles) in your work
- Engage in reading processes that are appropriate for your purposes
- Understand how to use sources effectively for a specific purpose in your academic work
- 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 reading texts for
exploitation; 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 Southampton LibGuides@Southampton (Academic Skills:Home- useful links for academic writing, critical thinking, information management, academic integrity, presentation skills, exam techniques and resources [online]..
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).
A Oshima and A Hogue (2006). Writing Academic English. New York: Pearson Education.
S Bailey (2015a). Academic Writing: A Handbook for International Students. Abingdon: Routledge.
S Bailey (2015b). Academic Writing for International Students of Business. Abingdon: Routledge.
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.
J Godfrey (2013b). The Student Phrase Book: Vocabulary for writing at university. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
A Gillett, A Hammond and M Martala (2009). Successful Academic Writing (Inside Track Series). Harlow: Pearson Education Ltd.
S Argent and O Alexander (2014). Access EAP: Frameworks Course Book. Reading: Garnet Publishing Ltd.
N Murray and G Hughes (2008). Writing Up Your University Assignments and Research Projects: A Practical Handbook. Maidenhead: McGraw Hill/Open University Press.
A Wallwork (2012). English for Research: Usage, Style, and Grammar. New York: Springer US.
C Fletcher (2013). Skills for Study Level 3. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
K Pakenham, J McEntire and J Williams (2013). Making Connections Level 3 Student’s book. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
S McCarter and P Jakes (2009). Uncovering EAP: How to Teach Academic Writing and Reading. Oxford: Macmillan Publishers Ltd.
J Slaght (2012). English for Academic Study: Reading and Writing Source Book. Reading: University of Reading/Garnet Publishing Ltd.
J Bell and S Walters (2014). Doing Your Research Project: A Guide for First-Time Researchers. Maidenhead: McGraw Hill/Open University Press.
J McCormack and J Slaght (2012). Extended Writing and Research Skills Course Book. Reading: University of Reading/Garnet Publishing Ltd.
T Day (2013). Success in Academic Writing. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
H Reinders, N Moore and M Lewis (2008). The International Student Handbook. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
N Caplan (2012). Grammar Choices for Graduate and Professional Writers. Michigan: University of Michigan Press.
J Swales and C Feak (2012). Academic Writing for Graduate Students. Michigan: The University of Michigan Press.
A Osmond (2013). Academic Writing and Grammar for Students. London: Sage Publications Ltd.
C Sowton (2012). 50 Steps to Improving your Academic Writing: Study Book. Reading: Garnet Publishing Ltd.
C Sowton (2014). Unlock Level 4 Reading and Writing Skills: Student's Book and Online Workbook (Cambridge Discovery Education Skills). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
J Godfrey (2013a). How to Use Your Reading in Your Essays. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
K McMillan and J Weyers (2013). How to Research & Write a Successful PhD. Harlow: Pearson Education.
D Hopkins and P Cullen (2007). Grammar for IELTS with Answers. Cambridge: Cambridge 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 Pallant (2012). English for Academic Study: Writing Course Book. Reading: University of Reading/Garnet Publishing Ltd.
D Burnapp (2009). Getting Ahead as an International Student. Maidenhead: McGraw Hill/Open University Press.
R R Jordan (1999). Academic Writing Course. Harlow: Pearson Education Ltd.
S Cottrell (2011). Critical Thinking Skills: Developing Effective Analysis and Argument. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
This is how we’ll give you feedback as you are learning. It is not a formal test or exam.Reading
This is how we’ll formally assess what you have learned in this module.