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English Language

Click on the modules available below to find out more about them.

If you are interested in taking any of these modules please contact your course administrator to check that you are able to do so, as well as the relevant departments for more information.

N.B. The modules listed are based on data available at the time of issue and are subject to change. Many modules will have limited spaces so you are not guaranteed a place and departments may prioritise students from their own discipline.


Interested in improving your communication skills in English for academic purposes? 

These modules will enable you to develop your communication skills in English for academic and professional purposes and gain credits at the same time. They are all available in terms 1 and 2. For more information, please visit the programme website.

You will find this module very useful in learning how to use your English in specific academic contexts. This includes developing strategies for academic listening and note-taking, and actively helping you extend your presentation and seminar skills. You will have ample opportunities to complete practice in academic listening and speaking, and you will receive regular tutor and peer feedback on class tasks and homework. As a result, the module also offers opportunities to develop language skills that are transferable to other modules and future employability.   

This module will focus on reading academic texts and writing in academic English. You will study and develop reading strategies for academic material, including notetaking, and identifying key and subsidiary points. You will also expand your academic writing ability, focusing on structure, vocabulary and grammar, as well as how to effectively engage with sources and incorporate them into your work. The module will emphasise critical engagement and the development of a response and/or argument. The language skills and critical focus of this module should feed into the work you do on other modules during your university studies, hopefully helping you to do better! Part of the assessment will include a ‘process writing’ element, which means that students will have the opportunity to revise and develop drafts following feedback from the course tutor and their peers. 

ELC2731: World Englishes (15 credits)

World Englishes are complex, fascinating and constantly evolving. This module analyses Englishes in Western and postcolonial and non-Western contexts. Using examples from the media, arts and culture this module provides opportunities to expand your knowledge of different varieties of English, enhance your cultural competence and awareness, expand your skills for academic research and critical analysis, and develop skills in reflection, communication and teamwork.

Students taking this module will learn how to use their English skills effectively in business and other professional settings. This will include a range of oral contexts such as meetings, negotiations, presentations, pitching and selling, in addition to formal and informal written communication such as emails, letters, reports, proposals and social media posts. In addition to providing opportunities for students to develop and enhance their use of English for the workplace, this module will also explore the issues of using English as a global language for the workplace and reflect on the implications for its users.   

During the module, students will receive talks and workshops from both intercultural communication experts and local business leaders. Assessment will involve group reports and group presentations, in which students act as consultants for a local business.