Module Catalogues

English Language and Study Skills II for Mathematics

Module Title English Language and Study Skills II for Mathematics
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.
- To prepare students for successful study at Year 2 of their mathematics programme.
- To give students guidance and practice in a range of appropriate oral and written skills in an academic context.
- To help students avoid committing academic offences including plagiarism.
*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

A. Be able to take part in different kinds of spoken interactions in English, including discussion, negotiation and defending an opinion.
B. Be able to comprehend a range of graded and authentic listening materials, including academic lectures, discussions and non-academic talks, and take effective notes on these listening materials consistent with the achievement of CEFR level B2.
C. Have achieved the requirements for CEFR B2 for speaking skills in an academic context, including following discussion on matters related to his/her field and being able to contribute, account for and sustain his/her opinion and evaluate alternative proposals
D. Have achieved the requirements for CEFR B2 for reading skills in an academic context, including being able to read texts relating to his/her field of interest and readily grasp the essential meaning of these with a large degree of independence and having a broad active reading vocabulary, whilst experiencing some difficulty with low frequency idioms.
E. Produce writing that synthesizes information from a number of sources and develops a coherent line of reasoning relevant to the student’s field.
F. Be competent in the understanding and use of targeted grammatical features and be able to comprehend and use a lexical range at an appropriate level.
G. Produce work that contains no elements of plagiarism, collusion or data embellishment.

Method of teaching and learning

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.
• Students will have 8 hours per week of integrated classes, covering grammatical and lexical development and reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills.
• Students will have 2 hours per week of writing workshop time. This consists of a large group session where a writing task is assigned, followed by workshop sessions in small groups, where tutors can help students with their writing.
• Students will be advised on a guided programme of self-study in order to help them meet the learning outcomes of the module.
No more than four 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 in a teaching week of each semester)