Module Catalogues

Core English Communication and Academic Skills I

Module Title Core English Communication and Academic Skills I
Module Level Level 0
Module Credits 10.00
Academic Year 2021/22
Semester SEM1

Aims and Fit of Module

Students are placed onto this module based on their benchmarked English language placement test scores. This module aims to:
Equip students with the English language skills, independent study skills, and communication skills needed for life at university in order to ensure that they 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) high B1 level. This CEFR level will be appropriately correlated to the Global Scale of English Learning Objectives for Academic English (GSE).
To give students guidance and practice in a range of appropriate oral and written communication skills in an academic context.

Learning outcomes

A.Employ a limited range of listening strategies in order to extract meaning from graded listening materials.
B.Utilise a limited range of active reading strategies in order to engage with graded reading materials.
C.Communicate ideas on a range of topics with a degree of spoken fluency and spontaneity.
D.Produce coherent writing texts on familiar topics.

Method of teaching and learning

Students will have 9 hours per week of small group classes (maximum 25 students). There will be 4 x 2 hour and 1 x 1 hour sessions per week.
The module will mainly be delivered through interactive classroom sessions, with an emphasis on group work activities and student-centered learning and teaching.
Language and communication 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.