This module is compulsory for part-time postgraduate students admitted on the condition of attending the Pre-sessional English course or at the direction of their program director in Semester 2.
The main aim of the module is:
To improve students’ understanding of and ability to use academic conventions in reading and writing as well as listening and speaking in preparation for writing and presenting their dissertation proposal.
After completing the module, students should be able to:
a) Understand the genre of a dissertation proposal and academic presentation;
b) Critically evaluate evidence and conclusions in academic texts;
c) Write any or a combination of the following: research proposal outline, annotated bibliography, and literature review;
d) Understand and use discipline-specific referencing systems.
This module is linked to the Semester 1 module, “Postgraduate English Additional Learning Activity - Part Time 1”, which must ordinarily be completed before students begin this module.
The teaching sessions are 2 2-hour seminars each week from Weeks 2 to 6, and in Week 14, as well as 1 2-hour seminar each week from Weeks 8 to 13. As an hours-based module, students may miss no more than 4 seminars in order to be permitted to submit their summative assessment portfolio.
Additionally, students will receive 39 hours of guided self-study (including on ICE) to reinforce the instruction, use the process-writing approach of multiple drafts for the written assessment, and prepare for the oral assessment in their portfolio.
Throughout this module, tutors will use a variety of communicative language teaching/learning strategies to reach different types of learners.