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Description

Foundation Academic English

Module titleFoundation Academic English
Module codeINT0052
Academic year2021/2
Credits30
Module staff

Duncan Minett-Westwood (Convenor)

Ayca Durrant (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks

12

12

Number students taking module (anticipated)

100

Description - summary of the module content

Module description

The purpose of this module is to develop academic language skills and practices that will help you to be successful in English-medium Higher Education. There are 2 components: Skills for Academic Writing and Skills for Academic Speaking which will cover skills and language used to successfully produce academic essays, presentations and participate in seminars to perform effectively in any higher education programme.

The module grade will determine whether you have met the English requirement of your University of Exeter offer, therefore the module is compulsory and non-condonable.

Module aims - intentions of the module

  1. To provide students with English language skills and practices
  2. To prepare students for study in an English-medium education setting

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. Communicate effectively in a range of academic contexts, such as lectures, seminars, tutorials, written assignments and emails
  • 2. Use a range of reading and listening strategies to effectively approach academic input
  • 3. Use credible sources relevant to your study purpose
  • 4. Critically analyse and evaluate information
  • 5. Follow academic conventions such as paraphrasing, summarising, citing and referencing

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 6. To write and speak in response to a range of academic tasks, such as essay writing and presentations
  • 7. Accurately use a range of grammar and vocabulary typical of academic discourse

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 8. Use feedback and reflection to improve work

Syllabus plan

Syllabus plan

Skills for Academic Speaking

  • Skills and strategies for listening comprehension skills and using linguistic knowledge to understand text structure and purpose
  • Listening and note-taking in a variety of contexts including lectures
  • Giving presentations: producing effective slides, engaging the audience, delivering information effectively and persuasively and responding to feedback
  • Participating in seminars: turn-taking, using evidence to support contributions, building on the contributions of others and responding to feedback
  • Communication skills: accuracy, register, fluency and intelligibility

Skills for Academic Writing

  • Skills and strategies for reading: comprehension skills and using linguistic knowledge to understand text structure and purpose
  • Academic language: sentence structure, register and vocabulary
  • The writing process: analysing writing task titles, brainstorming ideas, using sources, planning, drafting, redrafting and responding to feedback
  • Genres of writing and organisational patterns: e.g. cause-effect, problem-solution, argument
  • Using sources: reading strategies, note-taking, summarising, paraphrasing, quotation
  • Research skills: finding and evaluating sources and using University of Exeter library resources
  • Referencing: in-text citation, writing a reference list, avoiding plagiarism, using Turnitin and adhering to academic conventions

Learning and teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad
1601400

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities120Formal whole-group teaching including teacher-led activities, seminars and tasks done individually, in pairs of in groups and individual tutorials
E-learning tasks40Individual learning of provided materials with short, specific tasks to complete
Guided Independent Study140Homework tasks; coursework assessments; materials on ELE

Assessment

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Presentation5 minutes and Q&A session1-8Written feedback
Group Seminar - based on listening and/or reading input15-25 minutes, 3 to 6 participants1, 2, 4, 6-8Reflective individual and group feedback
Writing Examination based on listening and/or reading input (open book, online)2 hours, 400 word essay1, 2, 4-8Written feedback
Writing task (open book)Semester 1, 350 word text (a part of the essay)1-8Written feedback

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams
75250

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Presentation255 minutes and Q&A session1-8Written feedback
Group seminar - based on listening and/or reading input2515-25 minutes, 3 to 6 participants1, 2, 4, 6-8Written feedback
Writing Examination based on listening and/or reading input (open book, online)252 hours, 400 word essay1, 2, 4-8Written feedback
Writing Task25Semester 2, 700 words1-8Written feedback

Re-assessment

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
PresentationPresentation1-8As soon as possible and before APAC
Group seminar - based on listening and/or reading inputInterview1, 2, 4, 6-8As soon as possible and before APAC
Writing Examination based on listening and/or reading inputWriting Examination (2 hours, online, open book)1, 2, 4-8As soon as possible and before APAC
Writing TaskWriting Task1-8As soon as possible and before APAC

Re-assessment notes

RE-ASSESSMENT NOTES

Deferral – if you miss an assessment for reasons judged legitimate by the Mitigation Committee, the applicable assessment will normally be deferred. See ‘Details of reassessment’ for the form that assessment usually takes. When deferral occurs there is ordinarily no change to the overall weighting of that assessment.

Referral– if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 40%) you will be required to re-sit failed assessment(s). Your performance in this assessment(s) will count towards your final module grade along with completed assessments. A grade of 40% will be awarded if the combined assessments are passed.

Resources

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Bailey, S, 2017. Academic Writing A Handbook for International Students (5th edition), Routledge, Abingdon

https://www.routledge.com/Academic-Writing-A-Handbook-for-International-Students/Bailey/p/book/9781138048744

De Chazal, E. & S. McCarter, 2020. Oxford EAP Upper-Intermediate/B2, Oxford University Press, Oxford

https://elt.oup.com/catalogue/items/global/business_esp/oxford_eap/oxford_eap_b2/?cc=gb&selLanguage=en 

Paterson K. & Wedge R., (2018). Oxford Grammar for EAP, Oxford University Press, Oxford. https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/oxford-grammar-for-eap

Using English for Academic Purposes Website http://www.uefap.net

Module has an active ELE page

Key words search

English, Foundation, Listening, Reading, Speaking, Writing

Credit value30
Module ECTS

15

Module pre-requisites

None

Module co-requisites

None

NQF level (module)

2

Available as distance learning?

Yes

Origin date

17/07/2020

Last revision date

27/07/2021