Aims and Fit of Module
To extend students’ general and academic 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
Lessons are content based and student centered. There is focus on encouraging students to find their own information (researching information to include in their coursework, for example) with support from the tutor) Students will also be required to complete supplementary online activities which will be tracked and monitored. These will help to go towards satisfying the module’s self – study requirement, while helping to reinforce classroom learning.
Classroom delivery – Tasks are introduced in class in order to help students build up their understanding. Key vocabulary, concepts and learning outcomes are communicated in class. Students then augment this with relevant reading, listening, speaking and writing exercises that allow formative practice for summative exams. Students will also be expected to find and evaluate their own source material.
Supplementary materials and academic readings will also be used by the tutor where appropriate.
No more than two classes per semester (four hours) will be replaced with one-on-one or group tutorials..
Speaking assessment will typically take place in regular teaching weeks. .