• To extend students’ English language, critical thinking and independent learning skills in the context of their programmes, bringing their English language skills to low 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 3. A mark of 40% on this module is benchmarked against low CEFR B2 level, while a mark of 70% is benchmarked against high CEFR B2 level.
• To give students guidance and practice in a range of appropriate oral and written skills in an academic context
• To help students avoid committing academic offences including plagiarism, collusion and the embellishment of data
*NOTE: CEFR B2 level English language ability is a UK Home Office requirement for a tier 4 visa, which is necessary for entry into a UK University.
At the conclusion of this module, students should:
A) be able to comprehend a range of graded and authentic listening materials, including academic lectures, discussions and non-academic talks, and take effective notes on these listening materials consistent with the achievement of CEFR level B2;
B) be able to take part effectively in different kinds of spoken interactions in English, including discussion and presentation based on project work undertaken;
C) have achieved the requirements for CEFR B2 for speaking skills in an academic context, including following discussion on matters related to his/her field and being able to contribute, account for and sustain his/her opinion and evaluate alternative proposals;
D) have achieved requirements for CEFR B2 for reading skills in an academic context, including being able to read texts relating to his/her field of interest and readily grasp the essential meaning of these with a large degree of independence and having a broad active reading vocabulary, whilst experiencing some difficulty with low frequency idioms;
E) be able to write effectively a range of shorter texts in a range of genres including reports on practical projects undertaken consistent with the achievement of CEFR level B2;
F) be competent in the understanding and use of targeted grammatical features at an appropriate level;
G) produce work that contains no elements of plagiarism, collusion or data embellishment
Students will be divided into levels based on their performance on semester 1 EAP modules. Lower level groups will focus on meeting the basic requirements of each module learning outcome, while higher level groups will be encouraged to exceed these requirements. Although the syllabus for each level may vary in response to student needs, all levels will cover all module learning outcomes.
The module will mainly be delivered through interactive classroom sessions, with an emphasis on group work activities:
• Integrated EAP and Skills classes - 4×2 hour sessions per week
• Students will have 2 hours per week of writing workshop time. This consists of a large group session where a writing task is assigned, followed by workshop sessions in small groups, where tutors can help students with their writing.
• Students will be advised on a guided programme of self-study in order to help them meet the learning outcomes of the module.
• No more than four teaching hours on this module will be replaced with one-on-one or group tutorials.