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PRES0047 Academic Reading 25 Weeks

Module Overview

Please refer to the Year Round Pre-sessional Programme Specification for further details of the programme. This module is non-credit bearing. It forms part of the Year Round Pre-sessional Programme in which you also study Academic Reading, Academic Writing, Academic Speaking and Independent Learning (IL). In IL you will further develop critical thinking and study skills necessary to succeed at the University. The Academic Reading module focuses on non-subject specific academic English as well as general English language development.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The Year Round Pre-sessional Programme Academic Reading module is part of an integrated programme designed to allow you to learn and practise the academic reading skills you will need to succeed in your future university study. Throughout the module, you will be strongly encouraged to develop your independent reading skills so that you are prepared for the challenges of the extensive reading you will be expected to undertake in your future course of study.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

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


The reading syllabus helps you to develop strategies for finding general and specific information in a text using skimming and scanning, develop critical thinking, understand academic English writing structures and vocabulary at sentence and paragraph level, and focuses in particular on how to read journal articles and other academic texts effectively for assignments, and how to make useful notes while reading.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

You will experience a wide variety of teaching and learning methods including: full class teaching; lectures; workshops; individual, pair and group work in class; set tasks to be completed outside class; use of authentic reading texts for exploitation; independent learning workshops; and self-directed independent study and tutorials with your tutors.

Practical classes and workshops110
Independent Study165
Total study time275

Resources & Reading list

Pakenham, K., McEntire, J. and Williams, J.. Making Connections 3rd Edn.. 

Godfrey, J.. How to Use Your Reading in Your Essays 2nd Edn.. 

de Chazal and McCarter. Oxford EAP Upper Intermediate. 

Cottrell, S.. Critical Thinking Skills: Developing Effective Analysis and Argument.. 

EAP Toolkit.





MethodPercentage contribution
Reading 60%
Reading task  (90 minutes) 20%
Reading task  (90 minutes) 20%
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