Aims and Fit of Module
To extend students’ general and discipline-specific English language and study skills, with an emphasis on critical thinking and independent learning, in order to allow them to function more effectively in other university modules, as well as in their overall academic career, and to raise their language skills to CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) B2+ level, with a general level of ability that is broadly comparable to SEEC (Southern England Consortium for Credit Accumulation and Transfer) Level 4.
A.Employ diverse listening and note-taking strategies to effectively enable general, detailed and critical understanding of discipline specific and general academic spoken texts.
B.Employ diverse reading and note-taking strategies to effectively enable general, detailed and critical understanding of discipline specific readings and general academic texts.
C.Demonstrate a range of speaking skills to describe, explain, summarize and critically analyze topics relevant to their field of study with a high degree of fluency and an appropriate academic style (when required) and lexical register.
D.Employ a range of writing skills to describe, explain, summarize and critically analyze topics relevant to their field of study with an appropriate academic style and lexical register.
E.Demonstrate competence in adhering to academic integrity requirements.
Method of teaching and learning
Classroom delivery is planned around learning activities in which students are required to interact with teachers and classmates in English. The focus is on the practical mastery of academic English skills for science majors, in particular reading and writing skills required to complete assignments and exams, as well as listening and speaking skills required for lectures, tutorials and seminars.
Classroom delivery will be supplemented by regularly assigned guided self-study activities (both assessed and non-assessed). No more than two classes per semester (four hours) will be replaced with one-on-one or group tutorials. Speaking assessment will take place during a teaching week each semester.