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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: Language Centre
Pre-requisites: N/A
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) Ascertain both main ideas and key points in spoken lectures on general science topics and make salient and relevant notes which reflect a critical understanding of the lecture

B) Ascertain both main ideas and key points in academic texts on general science topics and make salient and relevant notes which reflect a critical understanding of the text

C) Demonstrate critical thinking using discussion, analysis, evaluation, comparison, cause, argument and problem solving in their written and spoken language.

D) Write academic essays or reports in an appropriate style and register relevant to their undergraduate science studies.

E) Synthesize material from outside sources into original work using references and citations skillfully.

F) Make an oral presentation on a general science topic with a high degree of fluency and relevancy

G Confidently participate in discussions and seminars on general science topics, producing and asking for paraphrase, clarification, and opinion to maintain discussion.

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.

Academic skills and language functions typically taught include:


• How to structure a scientific report.

• How to structure various academic essay types: problem- solution- evaluation, compare and contrast, cause and effect, process.

• How to demonstrate aspects of critical thinking in your essays.

• Practice paraphrasing and summarizing.

• Practice referencing and citing.


• How to evaluate sources for appropriateness.

• Practice different sub-skills such as skimming, scanning, identifying author’s stance, deductive understanding, reading for gist, detail and note-taking.

• Understanding question and task types.


• How to deliver oral presentations and respond to peer feedback from peers and teachers

• Skills for participating in group discussions on science-related topics.


• Skills to use before, during and after a discipline specific lecture to help understand the content including listening for gist and detail and note-taking


• Strategies to learn and remember subject specific vocabulary in discipline specific learning contexts.

• How to use the Harvard and RSC referencing systems in written assignments.

• How to use feedback to improve written and oral work.

• Definition, Exemplification, Classification

• Hedging


Typical topics include:

• Global Health

• Bioethics

• Water

• Pseudoscience

• How science impacts culture, the environment, economies and society.

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


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Writing Planning Task 1 5.00
2 Writing Planning Task 2 5.00
3 Integrated Exam 1 20.00
4 Writing Coursework 20.00
5 Speaking Coursework 20.00
7 Integrated Exam 2 30.00

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