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 within a HSS discipline, as well as in their overall academic career, and to raise their language skills to CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) low C1 level, with a general level of ability that is broadly comparable to SEEC (Southern England Consortium for Credit Accumulation and Transfer) Level 5. A mark of 40% on this module is benchmarked against CEFR low C1 level (where appropriate).
A Demonstrate a range of level appropriate (CEFR low C1) academic reading skills to interpret information (including complex or abstract concepts) as required from a variety of long and complex factual and literary texts, and identify finer points of detail.
B Demonstrate a range of level appropriate (CEFR low C1) academic writing skills to critically summarise and analyse discipline specific topics, and synthesise materials from outside sources into original work with an appropriate academic style and lexical register.
C Demonstrate a range of level appropriate (CEFR low C1) academic oral communication skills to critically summarise and analyse discipline specific topics, take and justify a position, offer and appropriately respond to constructive criticism, with a high degree of fluency and an appropriate academic style (when required) and lexical register.
D Demonstrate a range of level appropriate (CEFR low C1) academic research skills.
Method of teaching and learning
Students will have four contact hours (seminars) per week, covering reading, writing, oral communication skills, academic skills, and language skills.
The seminars will provide students more specific language and study skills instruction and support which is directly relevant to the synchronously offered HSS modules.
There will be a focus on encouraging the students to develop their research skills and find their own appropriate resources, with guidance and support from the tutor.
Students will also be given guidance on, and opportunities to practice the various skills mentioned in the learning outcomes. The self-study activities after class will be extensions and/or consolidation of work carried out in the seminars.
No more than one class per semester (two hours) will be replaced with one-on-one or group tutorials.
Speaking assessment will typically take place in regular teaching weeks.