Students are placed onto this module based on their English language placement test scores. This module aims to:
• Equip students with English language skills, independent study skills, and critical thinking skills needed for life at University.
• Bring students’ English language skills to a Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) B1+ level. A mark of 40% on this module is benchmarked against CEFR B1+ level, while a mark of 70% is benchmarked against CEFR B2 level. Learning outcomes reflect wording from CEFR B1+ descriptors.
Those students who complete the module with a mark of 69% or lower will take 7.5 credits of EAP in Semester 2 as well as a 2.5 credit module - LAN006 Transition to Intercultural Learning. The Semester 2 EAP module these students take will be specific to their programme cluster.
Those students who pass the module with a score of 70%, i.e. CEFR B2, or higher will be able to choose 10 credits from a range of optional modules.
A. comprehend a range of graded and authentic listening materials, including academic lectures, discussions, and non-academic talks, and take effective notes.
B. select appropriate reference material and read and comprehend lexically challenging texts with a degree of independence.
C. deliver a clear, prepared presentation and respond to follow-up questions and/or participate in a formal discussion with a degree of fluency and spontaneity.
D. produce appropriately organized writing on academic topics
E. use appropriate grammar and vocabulary with a reasonable level of precision.
F. demonstrate an ability to adhere to academic integrity requirements.
Students will have four hours per week of academic and language skills seminar classes. These will integrate academic reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills.
No more than four teaching hours per semester will be replaced with one-on-one or group tutorials.
Students will be advised on developing a programme of self-study, using a variety of online and offline resources, in order to help them meet the learning outcomes of the module. In particular, students are encouraged to engage in extended reading to expand their vocabulary size. Out-of-class listening activities will also be used to encourage students to practice their listening and note-taking skills. Online practice and follow-up tasks will be made available on ICE for reinforcement of these skills.