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 a range of effective listening and note-taking strategies to enable general, detailed and critical understanding of discipline specific and general academic spoken texts. B. Employ a range of effective reading and note-taking strategies to 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
Module content will be taught and learnt through the following activities: • class workshops, small group seminars and individual tutorials • in-class writing activities (e.g. summaries and essays including timed writing) • authentic discipline-related listening and note-taking tasks (video and audio) • regularly assigned, guided self-study activities including textbook ‘homework’ No more than two classes per semester (four hours) will be replaced with one-on-one or group tutorials.