Module Catalogues

English Language and Study Skills I for Business

Module Title English Language and Study Skills I for Business
Module Level Level 0
Module Credits 10.00
Academic Year 2017/18
Semester SEM1

Aims and Fit of Module

To provide a foundation in English language, reflective thinking and independent learning skills in the context of students’ programme clusters, bringing their English language skills to high CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) B1 level, with a general level of ability that is broadly comparable to SEEC (Southern England Consortium for Credit Accumulation and Transfer) Level 2. A mark of 40% on this module is benchmarked against high CEFR B1 level, while a mark of 70% is benchmarked against low CEFR B2* level.
Students passing this module with a score of 70% or higher are able to progress on to take two specialised 5-credit modules in Semester 2 in place of a 10 credit EAP module. Those passing with a score of 69% or lower must join the 10-credit Semester 2 EAP module for their cluster.
*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.

Learning outcomes

A. Give a prepared straightforward presentation on a familiar topic which is clear enough to be followed without difficulty most of the time.
B. Follow and take notes on a lecture, talk or from recordings on subject matter that is familiar, presented straightforwardly and is clearly structured.
C. Take part in routine formal discussion of familiar subjects involving the exchange of factual information and opinions, or the discussion of solutions to practical problems.
D. Read straightforward factual texts on subjects that are familiar with a satisfactory level of comprehension.
E. Produce writing that summarises, reports and provides evidence based opinions about factual information on familiar matters.
F. Organize time and resources appropriately to respond to straightforward academic tasks.
G. Use references and citations skillfully to correctly synthesize material from outside sources into original work by using techniques such as paraphrasing, quoting and summarizing.

Method of teaching and learning

• Students will be divided into levels based on their performance on an English language test taken prior to the start of this module. 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.
• Students will have 8 hours per week of integrated skills classes, covering reading, writing, listening, and speaking.
• No more than four teaching hours on this module will be replaced with one-on-one or group tutorials.
• The students will have the same tutor for all the four skills.
• 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.
• The final speaking coursework assessment for this semester will typically take place during a teaching week.