• To provide a foundation in English language, critical 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 specialized 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.
• To give students guidance and practice in a range of oral and written communication skills appropriate for university study
*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 straightforward factual discussions and non-academic talks on familiar or predictable topics and to be able to take limited notes on these materials identifying both general message and specific details, consistent with the achievements of CEFR B1;
B) be able to take part effectively in different kinds of spoken interactions in English, including small-group discussion and presentation on familiar everyday topics consistent with the achievements of CEFR B1;
C) have achieved the requirements for CEFR B1 for speaking skills in an academic context, including giving and seeking personal opinions and views and expressing the main point he/she wants to make comprehensibly;
D) have achieved the requirements for CEFR B1 for reading skills in an academic context, including the ability to scan longer texts in order to locate desired information, and to gather information from different parts of a text;
E) be able to write effectively a range of shorter texts in a range of genres, summarising, reporting and giving his/her opinion about accumulated factual information on familiar routine and non-routine matters within his/her field with some confidence consistent with the achievements of CEFR B1;
F) be competent in the understanding and use of targeted grammatical features at an appropriate level;
G) understand university penalties for committing academic offences and demonstrate a basic competence in strategies to avoid plagiarism, collusion and the embellishment of data
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.
• The module will mainly be delivered through interactive classroom sessions, with an emphasis on group work activities:
Integrated EAP and Skills classes - 4 x 2 hour sessions per week.
• Students will have 2 hours per week of writing workshop time. This consists of a large group lecture, followed by workshop sessions in small groups where a writing task is completed and feedback given through either tutor or peer marking.
• No more than four teaching hours on this module will be replaced with one-on-one or group tutorials.
• Students will also be set a guided course of self-study to supplement in-class learning.