ENGLISH FOR ACADEMIC STUDIES

SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 0.00
ECTS Credit Points 0.00
Module Code M3Q321168
Module Leader n/a
School INTO
Subject INTO
Trimesters
  • A (September start)
  • A (September start)-B (January start)
  • B (January start)
  • B (January start)-C (May start)
  • C (May start)

Summary of Content

The course will provide students with essential English language skills and support as they undertake academic study through the medium of English at Diploma level. English Language pre-requisition for these programmes are IELTS equivalent 5.5. After having completed this module in conjunction with their other content modules, students should have achieved their overall IELTS equivalent exit requirement of 6.0 in English Language ability. This module could be taken over 1 or 2 semesters and equals 200 notional hours of student effort. This is divided between class time (lectures, seminars, tutorials etc.) and independent work. This will include approximately 72 class contact hours and 128 independent study hours.

Syllabus

1. Reading Skills: Skimming/Scanning/Gist/Detail 2. Grammar in Academic Writing 3. Listening Skills: Lectures and Note-taking 4. Seminar Skills 5. Process Writing - 1st draft - Report Writing - peer correction 6. Group Presentations - Subject Specific 7. Process Writing - 2nd draft - Report Writing - correction code 8. Delivery of Group Presentation/Listening Practice 9. Reading Skills (to coincide with final draft report of process writing deadline (500-800 words) (summative) 10. Language Development 11. Listening Skills 12. Seminar Skills Assessment (summative) 13. Timed Writing Exam/Individual Presentation (subject) Assessments (summative) 14. Reading/Listening Exam Assessments (summative)

Learning Outcomes

WritingBy the end of this module, the student should be able to:1. Show an increasing awareness of and ability in organising ideas at paragraph and whole text level;2. Show an increasing awareness of and control in using a reasonable range of skills and strategies for writing academic texts e.g. scientific report writing;3. Complete a piece of reasonably complex coursework (e.g. report) using the writing process, adapting in response to feedback;4. Use a reasonable range of vocabulary and sentence structure, incorporating complexity and simplicity as appropriate for Upper Intermediate level English;5. Show an increasing awareness of plagiarism, and ability in avoiding it through appropriate referencing ReadingBy the end of the course, students should be able to: 1. Show a reasonable ability to distinguish between a range of information sources, and their relevance / reliability for academic purposes; 2. React to adapted text by giving opinion and starting to demonstrate criticality, achieving this to a more limited extent with authentic texts;3. Demonstrate note-taking skills of main ideas and some detail; 4. Show reasonable ability in summarizing and paraphrasing simple/adapted texts consistent with Upper Intermediate level SpeakingBy the end of the course, students should be able to: 1. Use the spoken language with a degree of fluency and appropriateness for academic contexts e.g. seminars and oral presentation, and communicating with tutors/lecturers about coursework;2. Interact with native and non-native speakers with increasing spontaneity but with occasional strain for the listener;3. Give detailed descriptions on a range of subjects;4. Give a short presentation on their subject area;5. Employ a range of rhetorical functions such as developing an argument with some highlighting of points and detail within the context of oral presentation or seminar or in discussions with lecturers ListeningBy the end of the course, students should be able to:1. Understand main points of lectures, talks and reports and other forms of academic presentation spoken in dialects and accents likely to be encountered in social or academic life; 2. Follow the organisation of a talk, distinguishing between different levels of relevancy and detail (e.g. digression and anecdote)3. Identify some speaker viewpoints and attitudes and understand a range of rhetorical functions; 4. Respond appropriately and show awareness of criticality i.e. distinguishing between hypothesis and fact; giving opinion; 5. Use effective note-taking skills: recognising complex discourse markers that signal explicit and implicit information.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Class sessions will consist of whole class, individual, pair and group-based activities in which students interact with the teacher and each other. Activities and texts are designed to enable students to develop their language and study skills within meaningful contexts. Self-study will be facilitated using open access facilities or networked online resources. Students are guided through process writing, first and subsequent drafts, involving peer and tutor correction and adjusting the level of scaffolding appropriately. Exam practice is built into the curriculum preparing students for the Timed Writing, Reading and Listening exams. Classes will be taught in groups of usually not more than 16 students grouped according to their proficiency in English language skills. Students will receive individual tutorials to support them in the preparation of written assignments. They will also be given written feedback on formative tasks from tutors and peer feedback from classmates.

Indicative Reading

English Language Coursebooks aimed at students that are at a minimum of equivalent 5.5 such as: Mark Ibbotson: English for Engineers Swales & Feak: Academic Writing for Graduate Students Glendinning: Study Reading Lynch: Study Listening Jordan: Academic Writing Course Bailey: Handbook for International Students Carter: A Book on Writing Contemporary Topics 3 (Academic Listening) Bell: Passport to Academic Presentations Erica J. Williams: Presentations in English TASK: Transferable Academic Skills Kit (for seminar language) All above are available as class sets. All are available for borrowing.

Transferrable Skills

Students will develop their abilities in the areas of: Self Management; Learning Skills; Teamwork and Leadership and Data Handling.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FT) 29.00
Lectures (FT) 72.00
Independent Learning (FT) 99.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (Dept) 03 n/a 20.00 0% Timed Listening Exam (lecture and note-taking)
Coursework 3 n/a 20.00 0% Process Writing - Final Draft of Report (Subject Specific 500-800 words including referncing and paraphrasing): first draft, peer correction, second draft, tutor correction
Exam (Dept) 01 n/a 20.00 0% Timed Writing Exam (Integrated Reading and Writing): introductions, organising paragraphs, classifying and using sources, paraphrasing, summarising, referencing, expressing opinion
Coursework 2 n/a 10.00 0% Individual Oral Presentation: reading from notes, Powerpoint, referencing, exemplifying, re-phrasing, provided outlines, summarising
Coursework 1 n/a 10.00 0% Seminar Skills Assessment: Negotiation skills, time management, asking for and expressing oponion, group-work, summarising
Exam (Dept) 02 n/a 20.00 0% Timed Reading Exam (seen/prepared): includes multiple choice, paragraph organisation, matching headings, vocabulary