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PRES0063 Academic Writing Business (LTTC + Southampton Pathway

Module Overview

This module is non-credit bearing and forms part of the LTTC + Southampton Pathway in which you study Academic Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing. In Part 1, you will follow the LTTC Reading and Writing syllabus In Part 2 (Pre-sessional B) you also attend Independent Learning workshops to develop the critical thinking and study skills necessary to succeed at university in the UK. Academic writing is taught in conjunction with academic reading 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. In Part 2, the Academic Writing module follows the University of Southampton Pre-sessional B Reading and Writing syllabus and has specific assessments for this module.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The LTTC + Southampton Pathway Writing 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 writing skills so that you are prepared for the challenges of the extensive reading you will be expected to undertake in your future programme of study.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Use appropriate writing strategies for your purposes
  • Plan and structure your writing effectively
  • Paraphrase, summarise, synthesise and use quotations to reference correctly from your sources
  • Use academic language appropriately and effectively in written work
  • Produce essays with appropriate content
  • Employ critical writing strategies to convey your evaluation of information and ideas obtained from your sources
  • Use learning strategies to continue to build grammatical accuracy and vocabulary range


PART 1: LTTC (TAIWAN) The writing syllabus on part one of the Pre-sessional Taiwan-Southampton Pathway (at the LTTC) focuses on developing writing skills that you will require for successful study at a UK university. It focuses on sentence, paragraph and essay level writing features, and integrates these features into a final composition. Areas that you will cover include: 1. Recognising features of academic writing 2. Avoiding typical problems in sentence structure (e.g. fragments) 3. Understanding subordination and control placement of important information 4. Recognising different types of sentence and clause structures 5. Identifying and producing well-structured, coherent paragraphs, introductions and conclusions 5. Making paragraphs more coherent (e.g. through use of transitions) 6. Recognising the differences between plagiarising, citing, paraphrasing and summarising 7. Effectively conveying cause-effect and compare-contrast relationships 8. Making writing more concise with adjectival clauses 9. Using a variety of sentence types and complex structures and understanding where to use them 10. Using structure and vocabulary to appropriately offer data commentary 11. Recognising processes of composition in academic writing PART 2: PRE-SESSIONAL B WRITING SYLLABUS (SOUTHAMPTON) A. PRODUCING ASSIGNMENTS WITH APPROPRIATE CONTENT 1. Taking an appropriate and clear position 2. Supporting ideas with relevant detail and explanation 3. Showing understanding of the topic area in relation to a task 4. Showing justification, analysis and support B. USING SOURCES TO SUPPORT AND ENHANCE WRITING 1. Using research to enhance and support a discussion 2. Showing distinction between source content and your own writing voice clearly and appropriately 3. Referencing accurately and consistently according to convention (e.g. using Harvard style referencing) C. STRUCTURING ACADEMIC WRITING 1. Using logical and functional essay and paragraph structure 2. Ordering points in a logical and relevant way 3. Linking and developing ideas clearly and appropriately D. COMMUNICATING APPROPRIATELY IN WRITING 1. Making writing easy for a reader to follow 2. Conveying key points are effectively in relation to a task 3. Presenting a consistent and an appropriate voice in relation to the task E. WRITING CLEARLY AND ACCURATELY 1. Using language that communicates ideas with precision and accuracy 2. Using language that communicates exact relationships between ideas 3. Using grammar, punctuation and vocabulary sufficiently to express appropriate meaning

Special Features

This Writing module forms part of Pre-sessional B and as part of an integrated syllabus with academic 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

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

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

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

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

Bailey, S (2015). Academic Writing for International Students of Business. 

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

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

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

Sowton, C. (2012). 50 Steps to Improving your Academic Writing: Study Book. 

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

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

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

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



Essay writing


MethodPercentage contribution
Writing 70%
Writing 30%
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