Module Catalogues

English Language and Study Skills II for Humanities and Social Sciences

Module Title English Language and Study Skills II for Humanities and Social Sciences
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

In line with the operational competences and skills of CEFR B2, at the conclusion of this module students should be able to:
A. Give a clear, prepared presentation on a topic related to their field of study.
B. Follow and take notes on the main points of academic presentations which are propositionally and linguistically complex.
C. Participate actively in a formal interview or discussion.
D. Select appropriate reference sources and read with a large degree of independence.
E. Produce writing which develops an argument and synthesizes information from sources.
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 classes, covering reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills.
Students will have a 1 hour lecture per week followed by a 1 hour workshop. The lectures are focused on EAP topics covered in regular classes for the week and include a writing task or another EAP-related task. The task is assigned in the lecture, followed by workshop sessions in small groups, where students can peer-review each other’s work and tutors can also provide assistance.
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 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.
No more than 4 teaching hours on this module will be replaced with one-on-one or group tutorials.