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PRES0058 Writing (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 writing to skills to enable you to be a successful student on your foundation programme at the University of Southampton. 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 written sources. As a result, you will be expected to practise more than one skill in the same class. 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 appropriate writing strategies for the written work you produce in your foundation year.
  • Plan and structure your writing effectively
  • Produce clear and coherent short essays and other pieces of writing
  • Use learning strategies to continue to build grammatical accuracy and vocabulary 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 proofreading strategies to check for common errors (sentence fragment/ pronoun use/ S-V agreement etc.). 5. Providing a clear introduction and conclusion. 6. Dividing body paragraphs appropriately. 7. Ensuring points are logically ordered, suitably linked and well-supported at paragraph and essay level. 8. Meeting assignment word count.

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 learn how to use electronic resources.

Independent Study2
Practical classes and workshops4.5
Total study time6.5


Assessment Strategy

You will be required to submit a minimum of three written assignments during the programme. The maximum word length for each assignment will be 500 words and the tasks set will vary. They might include essays, reflective writing about a recent experience or a general magazine article. The highest mark you receive for a piece of written work will be recorded as the final mark for this module.



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