Module Catalogues

English Language and Study Skills I for Humanities and Social Sciences

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

A. Follow and take notes a lecture or talk, provided the presentation is straightforward and clearly structured.
B. Take part in routine formal discussion of subjects involving the exchange of information, or the discussion of solutions to problems.
C. Read straightforward texts on subjects that are familiar with a satisfactory level of comprehension.
D. Produce writing that summarises, reports and gives opinions about information with some confidence.
E. Organize time and resources appropriately to respond to straightforward academic tasks.
F. 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 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 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.
No more than 4 teaching hours on this module will be replaced with one-on-one or group tutorials.
The final speaking coursework assessment for this semester will typically take place during a teaching week.