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Module Code: EAP103
Module Title: English Language and Study Skills III for Science
Module Level: Level 1
Module Credits: 10.00
Academic Year: 2019/20
Semester: ACYR
Originating Department: English Language Centre
Pre-requisites: N/A
   
Aims
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.
Learning outcomes 
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.


Syllabus 
Academic skills and language functions typically taught include:


Writing:

• The structure and style of laboratory and other scientific reports

• Other Descriptive writing: data description; processes

• The structure of academic essay types, typically: compare-contrast; argument and/or evaluation

• Summarizing, paraphrasing and synthesizing information

• Using feedback to improve written drafts; proofreading skills


Reading

• Efficient reading skills for popular and academic science texts

• Understanding gist and detail

• Reading textbook pages

• Interpreting key points in academic articles

• Taking focused notes


Research skills

• Analysis and presentation of data

• Finding and evaluating the appropriateness of sources

• Integrating citations and formatting references using Harvard and RSC styles


Listening to science-related talks and lectures

• How to prepare for lectures

• Understanding key points and detail

• Signposting in lectures

• Taking organized notes


Speaking:

• Preparing and delivering presentations on scientific topics

• Skills for taking part in group discussions of scientific topics

• SPSE structure in presentations


Language:

• Understanding and learning scientific vocabulary

• Definition, exemplification and classification

• Trends and proportion in data

• Hedging and speculating

• Comparison and contrast language

• Cause and effect language

• Sequencing and signposting

• Review of verb tense and voice


TOPICS: these are selected to provide context for the skills and language practiced, and typically include:

• The scientific method

• Water

• Food and diet

• Advances in agriculture

• Health and disease

• Bioethics

• Other science related topics

Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester   104        196  300 

Assessment

Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Writing Planning Task 10.00
2 Integrated Exam 1 20.00
3 Writing Coursework 20.00
4 Speaking Coursework 20.00
5 Integrated Exam 2 30.00

Module Catalogue generated from SITS CUT-OFF: 8/24/2019 3:33:29 PM