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Module Code: EAP121
Module Title: Advanced Skills for Academic Success
Module Level: Level 1
Module Credits: 5.00
Academic Year: 2020/21
Semester: SEM1
Originating Department: English Language
Pre-requisites: N/A
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.

This module has been developed to provide an alternative pathway for students who have already comfortably met the English language requirement for a UK Tier 4 visa (CEFR B2 level) by either achieving a score of 70 or above in Year 1 EAP or by gaining direct entry to Year 2, and who are thereby eligible to opt out of a year-long 10 credit EAP module in Year 2.

Learning outcomes 
A. demonstrate a range of academic research skills, e.g. the ability to choose a suitable research topic, develop research questions, find and evaluate source material

B. demonstrate a range of academic writing skills, e.g. the ability to paraphrase, summarise, synthesise source material, construct an argument, use a referencing system

C. demonstrate a range of academic speaking skills, e.g. the ability to contribute to and develop a discussion, take and justify a position, offer and appropriately respond to constructive criticism

D. demonstrate a range of academic reading skills, e.g. the ability to distinguish main ideas from details, identify and evaluate arguments including the student's own, proofreading strategies

Method of teaching and learning 
Students will have four hours of classroom contact time (seminars) and approximately 8 hours of self-study per week. The seminars will be conducted using various EAP teaching approaches and methodologies that encourage students to discover meaning and knowledge independently and through working with peers. There will be a focus on general EAP skills, including the academic listening, reading, writing and speaking skills required to complete assignments, coursework and examinations.

Students will also be given guidance on, and opportunities to practice the various skills mentioned in the learning outcomes. The self-study activities will be extensions and/or consolidation of work carried out in the seminars.

No more than two classes per semester (four hours) will be replaced with one-on-one or group tutorials.


Will typically include:

(i) Writing:

- Use a relevant referencing system and citations to correctly synthesize material from outside sources into original work by using techniques such as paraphrasing, quoting and summarizing.

- Paragraph structure

- Thematic development

(ii) Speaking:

Skills and functional language, as appropriate, relating to:

- presenting opinions

- Spontaneous interaction

- Academic discussion

(iii) Reading:

- Skimming, scanning, predicting, getting the gist, guessing unknown words from the context, forward and backward references, use of subheadings, identifying important information, understanding tone, identifying register, predicting intended audience and interaction with and evaluation of texts (including a critical analysis of the author, genre, purpose, bias etc.).

(iv) Academic Skills:

- Conducting independent research

- Critically evaluating sources

(v) Language: grammar and vocabulary development


Topics will cover a wide range of areas, typically including current affairs, global issues and cross-cultural communication.

Speaking coursework assessment will typically take place during one of the teaching weeks.

Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester   52        98  150 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Writing Coursework 50.00
2 Speaking Coursework 20.00
3 Final Exam 30.00

Module Catalogue generated from SITS CUT-OFF: 6/3/2020 2:00:20 AM