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PRES0019 English (Pre-sessional pre-Masters)

Module Overview

The English (Pre-sessional pre-Masters) module is non-credit bearing and forms the major part of the Presessional pre-Masters Programme. The module covers the four key skill areas of reading, writing, listening and speaking, and follows the University of Southampton Pre-sessional pre-Masters Programme syllabus.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The aims of this module are to: help you to increase your English level to the equivalent of IELTS 5.5 in the four key skill areas of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking, as required for acceptance onto the pre-Masters programmes ? help you to familiarise yourself with the learning and teaching strategies used in higher education in the UK ? help you settle in to life in Britain both within and beyond the academic environment.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • recognise and understand a range of vocabulary across a wide variety of topics
  • employ a range of simple and complex grammatical forms with some accuracy
  • identify, process and utilise a range of information from different sources
  • express opinions clearly using appropriate language, both orally and in written form
  • produce clear pieces of writing in a variety of genres
  • work as a member of a team by cooperating with others, negotiating, listening to others in a group, sharing responsibilities and tasks

Syllabus

This is an integrated learning module, which means that the four skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking will be practised in each class However, classes will generally focus on one main skill, for example, writing an article or an email to a tutor, or listening to a radio programme. You will be taught the basics of sentence structure, how to identify, record and learn new vocabulary, how to plan and organise your writing, how to spot mistakes and correct them. In class you will read a wide variety of texts in order to develop your reading strategies, comprehension skills and general vocabulary. You will develop your general listening skills by practising listening to a variety of radio programmes, TV clips, films, conversations and lectures. Speaking classes will focus on pronunciation, communicating in a variety of social situations, and functional language such as giving opinions, making a complaint and asking for advice.

Special Features

The English (Pre-sessional pre-Masters) module is taught in conjunction with the Independent Learning (Presessional pre-Masters) module. Further opportunities to practise your English are offered by informal conversation cafes run by Independent Learning Advisors.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The English (Pre-sessional pre-Masters) module is taught by our qualified and experienced teaching staff, who use the highly effective University of Southampton Pre-sessional pre-Masters Programme syllabus. Your studies will involve taught sessions in reading, writing, listening and speaking, and the emphasis is on how you communicate effectively in English. You will also have weekly tutorials with your tutors. To aid your learning, each week you will complete a writing task, which will then be marked by your class tutor, who will give you feedback and advice for improvement in a tutorial the following week. Alongside these tasks, there will be practice assessments for each skill. Feedback on these assessments will be given individually and in class. The final assessments will count towards your final mark. Providing you complete the Pre-sessional pre-Masters Programme with the required grades (the equivalent of IELTS 5.5 in the four key skill areas of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking), you will be able to progress to the University of Southampton pre-Masters Programme.

TypeHours
Independent Study17
Teaching20
Total study time37

Resources & Reading list

Language Resources Centre. 

Assessment

Formative

Essay

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (60 minutes) 100%
Examination  (45 minutes) 100%
Examination  (15 minutes) 100%
Examination  (60 minutes) 100%
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