To extend students’ general and discipline-specific English language and study skills, with an emphasis on critical thinking and independent learning, in order to allow them to function more effectively in other university modules, as well as in their overall academic career, and to raise their language skills to 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 4.
A. Employ diverse listening and note-taking strategies to effectively enable general, detailed and critical understanding of discipline specific and general academic spoken texts.
B. Employ diverse reading and note-taking strategies to effectively enable general, detailed and critical understanding of discipline specific readings and general academic texts.
C. Demonstrate a range of speaking skills to describe, explain, summarize and critically analyze topics relevant to their field of study with a high degree of fluency and an appropriate academic style (when required) and lexical register.
D. Employ a range of writing skills to describe, explain, summarize and critically analyze topics relevant to their field of study with an appropriate academic style and lexical register.
E. Demonstrate competence in adhering to academic integrity requirements.
Module content will be taught and learnt through the following activities through intensive seminars:
• class workshops and small group seminars • in-class writing activities (e.g. summaries and essays including timed writing)
• authentic stream-related listening and note-taking tasks (video and audio)
• regularly assigned, guided self-study activities including textbook ‘homework’