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PRES0056 Reading (Pre-Sessional Programme for Foundation Year Students)

Module Overview

This module is non-credit bearing and forms part of the Pre-sessional Programme for Foundation Year Students in which you study the four English language skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing. The aim of the module is to consolidate and improve your reading skills to enable you to be a successful student on your foundation programme at the University of Southampton. The Reading Module is taught in conjunction with the Writing Module as these skills often overlap; for example, your knowledge of how to read texts effectively will be an important tool when processing information from written sources. The module follows the University of the Southampton Pre-sessional Programme for Foundation Year Students Reading and Writing syllabus.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Use a range of appropriate reading strategies for your purposes
  • Read a variety of written material which may include factual and fictional material
  • Develop strategies for general and detailed understanding of a text
  • Understand English writing structures and vocabulary at sentence and paragraph level


Topics you will cover will include: 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. Evaluating the ideas presented. 6. Understanding complex sentences. 7. Understanding of discourse markers at paragraph and text level. 8. Ability to work out the meaning of unknown vocabulary. 9. Recognising synonyms used in a text. 10. Distinguishing between nuances of meaning (i.e. precise understanding). 11. Recognising and recording source details. 12. Using notes to record information from texts.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

You will experience a variety of teaching and learning methods including: whole-class teaching; individual, pair and group work in class; set tasks to be completed outside class; use of authentic texts for exploitation; You will have weekly tutorials with your class tutor to discuss your progress and will be introduced to the University library’s facilities.

Practical classes and workshops4.5
Independent Study3
Total study time7.5


Assessment Strategy

You will be required to complete two Reading assessments during the programme. The assessments for this module will be in the form of two Reading Comprehesnion tests. The highest mark you receive for one of these readin comprehension tests will be recorded as the final mark for this module.




MethodPercentage contribution
Reading 100%
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