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PRES0061 Academic Reading (LTTC + Southampton Pathway – Business)

Module Overview

This module is non-credit bearing and forms part of the LTTC + Southampton Pathway (Business) in which you study Academic Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing. In Part 2 (PSB – Southampton) 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 example, academic reading leads to academic writing in the form of 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’ teaching session. The Academic Reading module follows the University of Southampton Pre-sessional B - Business Reading and Writing syllabus and has specific assessments for this module.

Aims and Objectives

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


PART 1: LTTC (TAIWAN) On part one of the Pre-sessional Taiwan + Southampton Pathway (Business) at LTTC, the Reading syllabus primarily focuses on strategies of expeditious reading, which involve skimming and searching for relevant information, which is followed by a focus on careful reading to extract detailed information as required. You should develop your ability to obtain relevant information from texts and demonstrate comprehension of extracted information which can then be applied to your wider studies (e.g. presentations and assignments). Areas that you will cover include: 1. Introduction to expeditious reading and searching 2. Incorporation of reading into topic exploration, idea mapping and summarising 3. Recognising and using textual features and structures to aid comprehension and effectiveness of reading 4. Developing and practising synthesising skills 5. Focusing on the purposes of reading and applying appropriate strategies accordingly PART 2: UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON READING SYLLABUS PRE-SESSIONAL B (BUSINESS) 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. Bring 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 texts; Independent Learning workshops; self-directed independent study and tutorials.

Independent Study30
Total study time54

Resources & Reading list

Godfrey, J.  (2013). The Student Phrase Book: Vocabulary for writing at university. 

Gillett, A. Hammond, A. and Martala, A.  (2009). Successful Academic Writing (Inside Track Series). 

Pakenham, K. McEntire, J. and Williams, J.  (2013). Making Connections Level 3 Student’s book: Skills and. 

Pallant, A.  (2012). English for Academic Study: Writing Course Book. 

Argent, S. and Alexander, O.  (2014). Access EAP: Frameworks Course Book. 

Godfrey, J.  (2013). How to Use Your Reading in Your Essays. 

Bailey, S.  (2014). Academic Writing for International Students of Business. 

Bailey, S  (2015). Academic Writing: A Handbook for International Students. 

Bell, J. and Walters, S.  (2014). Doing Your Research Project: A Guide for First-Time Researchers. 

Slaght, J.  (2012). English for Academic Study: Reading and Writing Source Book . 

McCormack, J. and Slaght, J.  (2012). Extended Writing and Research Skills Course Book. 

Swales, J. and Feak, C.  (2012). Academic Writing for Graduate Students. 



Reading task


MethodPercentage contribution
Reading task 100%
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