Module Catalogues

English Language and Study Skills II for Built Environment

Module Title English Language and Study Skills II for Built Environment
Module Level Level 0
Module Credits 10.00
Academic Year 2017/18
Semester SEM2

Aims and Fit of Module

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.
*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

At the conclusion of this module students should be able to:
A. Produce appropriately organized writing on topics related to their field of study with an acceptable level of accuracy and appropriateness in grammar, vocabulary, and punctuation.
B. Select appropriate reference sources and read with a large degree of independence.
C. Give a clear, prepared presentation on a topic related to their field of study and take follow-up questions with a degree of fluency and spontaneity.
D. Participate actively in a formal interview or discussion.
E. Follow and take notes on the main points of academic presentations which are propositionally and linguistically complex.
F. Organize time and resources appropriately to respond to complex academic tasks.
G. Produce work that contains no elements of plagiarism, collusion or data embellishment.

Method of teaching and learning

• Students will have 8 hours per week of integrated skills classes.
• Students will have 2 hours per week of workshop time. This consists of a large group session where generally a writing task is assigned, followed by workshop sessions in small groups, where tutors can help students with their writing and other EAP skills.
• Classes may occasionally be divided for tutorial sessions.
• No more than four teaching hours on this module will be replaced with one-on-one or group tutorials.
• Students will be advised on a guided programme of self-study in order to help them meet the learning outcomes of the module.
• Students will be divided into levels based on their performance in their semester 1 EAP 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 speaking exam will normally take place during a teaching week.