Module Catalogues

English Language and Study Skills I for Built Environment

Module Title English Language and Study Skills I for Built Environment
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, 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.
*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.
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.

Learning outcomes

At the conclusion of this module students should be able to:
A. Produce appropriately organized writing that summarises, reports and gives opinions about factual information on familiar matters with some confidence.
B. Show awareness of written academic register (including vocabulary, sentence structure and cohesive devices) and write with a comprehensible level of grammatical, lexical and mechanical accuracy.
C. Read straightforward factual texts on subjects that are familiar with a satisfactory level of comprehension.
D. Give a short talk/informal presentation on a familiar topic which is clear enough to be followed without difficulty most of the time.
E. Take part in routine formal discussions on familiar subjects involving the exchange of factual information, or the discussion of solutions to practical problems.
F. Follow and take notes on a lecture or talk, provided the subject matter is familiar and the presentation straightforward and clearly structured.
G. Organize time and resources appropriately to respond to straightforward academic tasks.
H. Understand university penalties for committing academic offences and demonstrate a basic competence in strategies to avoid plagiarism, collusion and the embellishment of data.

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 or 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 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.