This module is designed to further develop students’ English language and academic skills, with an emphasis on evaluating source material and arguments, and providing written and oral responses to these arguments. A key focus of the module is to teach and develop students’ key academic skills of argumentation and seminar interaction.
This module is the final level in the Advanced EAP Student Pathway as it follows on directly from EAP121 (Advanced English Communication and Academic Skills III). This module is optional. Students progressing from EAP121 will be eligible to take this module. Other Y2S2 students who demonstrate at least a CEFR B2+ language proficiency may also be able to take this optional module.
A Demonstrate a range of academic reading skills, including locating relevant source material, selecting appropriate sections to complete academic tasks, and critically evaluating source material in order to construct or refute argumentation. B Demonstrate a range of active listening skills, including summarising spoken arguments, and responding to questions. C Demonstrate a range of academic writing skills, including following structural outlines for academic tasks (e.g. an argumentative essay), using academic language to produce critical and insightful arguments and refutation, and applying academic integrity requirements. D Demonstrate a range of academic speaking skills, including utilising spoken language to provide convincing argumentation and refutation, and functional language for debates and discussions.
Students will have four hours of classroom contact time (seminars) and approximately 8 hours of self-study per week. The seminars will be conducted using various EAP teaching approaches and methodologies that encourage communication, collaboration, and autonomous learning. All relevant EAP skills will be taught on the module, including sufficient linguistic input to maintain and/or increase students’ CEFR B2+ level. Students will also be given guidance on, and opportunities to, practice the various skills mentioned in the learning outcomes. The self-study activities will be extensions and/or consolidation of work carried out in the seminars. No more than two classes per semester (four hours) will be replaced with one-on-one or group tutorials.