Module Catalogues

Core English Communication and Academic Skills II

Module Title Core English Communication and Academic Skills II
Module Level Level 0
Module Credits 10.00
Academic Year 2023/24
Semester SEM2

Aims and Fit of Module

Students who took Core English Communication and Academic Skills I will take this module in semester 2. This module aims to:
Build on the English language skills, independent study skills, and communication skills learnt in semester 1 in Core English Communication and Academic Skills I and focus on the academic skills needed for life at university in order to ensure that students are Year 2 ready.
To aid students’ English language progress with an aim of moving students as far as possible towards CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) low B2 level. This CEFR level will be appropriately correlated to the Global Scale of English Learning Objectives for Academic English (GSE).
To give students further guidance and practice in a range of appropriate oral communication skills in an academic context.
To introduce writing in an academic context.
To help students develop an understanding of academic integrity and related skills.

Learning outcomes

A.Employ a range of effective listening and note-taking strategies in order to extract meaning from a variety of graded and academic listening materials.
B.Utilise a range of active reading strategies in order to engage with graded and academic reading materials.
C.Communicate their ideas on a range of academic and non-academic topics with a level of spoken fluency and spontaneity.
D.Produce coherent academic writing on selected academic topics.

Method of teaching and learning

Students will have 9 hours per week of guided tuition. Delivery of this 9 hours of guided tuition may vary between live classroom sessions, live online sessions, asynchronous sessions, and/or mandatory task-based sessions. A minimum of 6 hours per week must be delivered through live classroom sessions. The module will mainly be delivered through interactive classroom sessions, with an emphasis on group work activities and student-centered teaching and learning. Language and academic skills will typically be taught in an integrated manner. Classroom delivery will be supplemented by regularly assigned, guided self-study activities. The self-study activities will be extensions and/or consolidation of work carried out in the seminars. Students will be expected to complete approximately 13 hours of self-study per week. Some seminar sessions may be replaced by individual or small group tutorials. In-class sessions can be partially replaced by online teaching provision, when external circumstances require so or when deemed useful and appropriate for didactic purposes. Typically, speaking assessments will be scheduled during a teaching week.