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Module one: English for Academic Purposes

This module will develop your ability to communicate, build and share knowledge in academic contexts through reading, writing, speaking and listening.

Aims and objectives

• To improve your abilities in academic reading, writing, listening, speaking and study skills.
• To provide you with the opportunity to develop and practise these skills and develop the language skills necessary to participate in the higher education system in the UK.

Outcomes:

By the end of the module you should be able to:

Reading

• Use strategies for effectively reading academic English texts
• Recognise and understand a range of academic texts
• Critically evaluate texts
• Manage (determine the meaning of and record for personal use) unknown general academic and subject specific vocabulary

Writing

• Write effective extended essays based on background reading and research
• Write effective short, timed essays under examination conditions

Listening

• Understand and interpret spoken English in lectures and seminars more effectively
• Listen and take notes more effectively in lectures
• Use knowledge of English pronunciation to help understand spoken English more
accurately and confidently
• Give formal presentations and answer post-presentation questions more
effectively and confidently

Speaking

• Lead and participate in seminars and group discussions more effectively and with increased confidence
• Communicate more fluently and accurately in academic discussion

Study skills and independent learning

• Work autonomously to prioritise tasks and meet deadlines effectively
• Take responsibility for your own learning by responding to feedback and using
self-study time to improve your language and skills

Assessment

You will be assessed by exams and a group presentation.