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Pre-sessional English 6 Online

Module titlePre-sessional English 6 Online
Module codeINT0425
Academic year2021/2
Module staff

Antonia Paterson (Lecturer)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks


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Description - summary of the module content

Module description

You will take this six-week online course if you have applied for an Exeter university undergraduate or postgraduate programme and need to strengthen your academic language and study skills before you start. This course is primarily aimed at developing your general academic language skills, with a focus on reading, writing, speaking and listening, in addition to improving grammar and vocabulary. Students will need to demonstrate a good level of competency in each of the four sub-skills prior to starting this course. Specific entry requirements will be dependent on the level of English required for progression to the university.

Module aims - intentions of the module

This module aims to develop students’ academic English language and study skills to enable them to function effectively in their academic programmes. Specifically, it aims to:

  • Improve students’ English language to the level required for entry to their chosen undergraduate or postgraduate programme at the University of Exeter.
  • Equip students with the study skills and strategies necessary for success in their University of Exeter studies.
  • Develop students’ awareness of UK higher education academic culture, context and expectations, and to support their transition to this study environment.
  • Develop students’ ability to work autonomously, setting realistic goals and monitoring their own learning.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

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

  • 1. Apply appropriate listening skills and strategies to comprehend and extract relevant information from academic listening sources
  • 2. Apply appropriate reading skills and strategies to critically read and extract relevant information from academic texts
  • 3. Identify, select and evaluate information, ideas and arguments from a variety of academic sources
  • 4. Produce clear, well-organised academic writing that synthesises information and arguments from multiple sources
  • 5. Deliver a clear, well-organised academic presentation appropriate to audience and context
  • 6. Understand and use appropriate grammar, vocabulary and style in oral and written academic communication

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

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

    ILO: Personal and key skills

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

    • 7. Apply skills and strategies to avoid plagiarism, collusion and fabrication of data
    • 8. Critically reflect on performance in academic tasks and learning processes and identify relevant learning goals
    • 9. Demonstrate an appropriate level of criticality when expressing ideas and opinions in oral and written communication

    Syllabus plan

    Syllabus plan

    Reading and writing

    • The writing process (e.g. analysing a title, generating ideas, planning, drafting and editing)
    • Linguistic knowledge of academic texts (e.g. grammar and sentence structure; vocabulary and academic style; text genre, structure and purpose)
    • Reading strategies and comprehension skills (e.g. navigating texts, getting the gist, identifying key points and supporting details, deducing meaning from context)
    • Paraphrasing, summarising and synthesising from sources
    • Intensive and extensive reading through a variety of text types
    • Turning reading into writing (e.g. using ideas from readings in producing writing)
    • Understanding and applying criticality in reading and writing


    Speaking and listening

    • Listening strategies and comprehension skills (e.g. identifying main ideas, deducing meaning from context, understanding structure and signposts)
    • Participating in seminar discussions (e.g. using appropriate functional language, responding to others, preparing for a seminar)
    • Presentation skills (e.g. structuring a presentation, signpost language, using voice and visual aids)
    • Language: accuracy, appropriacy, fluency, aspects of pronunciation and intelligibility
    • Understanding and applying criticality in speaking and listening 
    • Using ideas from lectures and other listening sources in producing academic writing and speaking


    Transferable academic and study skills

    • Note-taking (e.g. using abbreviations, mind-mapping, Cornell system)
    • Referencing
    • Academic reflection (e.g. learning journal, setting SMART goals)
    • Library skills (e.g. finding and evaluating sources)
    • Time-management

    Learning and teaching

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

    Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

    Details of learning activities and teaching methods

    CategoryHours of study timeDescription
    Reading and Writing skills and strategies67.5Weekly topics and sets of accompanying texts for critical analysis, paraphrase and productive use. Timed essay practice using set sources and extended written project using independently selected sources. Input on core writing skills: paraphrasing, summarising, synthesising, academic grammar and vocabulary.
    Listening and Speaking skills and strategies43.5Listening to excerpts from lectures and academic exchanges, taking notes on specific points and synthesising main ideas. Weekly seminars to discuss the week’s topic, with input on appropriate functional language, interaction and source use. Weekly presentation skills and practice with input on aspects of structure, signposting, delivery and visual aids.
    Tutorials5Students will have a weekly small group tutorial with their teacher to discuss questions, progress and feedback.
    Guided independent study 54Weekly grammar / vocabulary focus and practice tasks. Weekly set readings and class preparation tasks. Weekly work on extended written project. Weekly reflection. Preparation for next day’s classes on weekdays. Preparation for assessments Individual work on Learning Journal and final reflective writing submission


    Formative assessment

    Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
    Practice Integrated ExaminationSource pack 1 week; practice exam booklet 24 hours1-4, 6,7, 9Written comments and 1-1 tutorial
    Draft Written Project Submission1000 words 1-4, 6, 7, 9Written comments and 1-1 tutorial
    Practice Presentation with Q&A10 minutes1-3, 5-7, 9Peer and teacher verbal feedback

    Summative assessment (% of credit)

    CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

    Details of summative assessment

    Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
    Integrated Examination35Source pack 1 week; exam booklet 24 hours1-4, 6, 7, 9Formal grade only
    Written Project351500 words1-4, 6, 7, 9Formal grade only
    Speaking Examination3010 minutes1-3, 5-7, 9Formal grade only
    Reflective Writing0500 words6-9Formal grade only



    Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

    • Campbell. C. (2012) Vocabulary: Study book. Reading: Garnet Publishing. 9781782608318 (eBook 317812)
    • Vicary, A. (2012) Grammar for Writing: Study book. Reading: Garnet Publishing. 9781782608301 (eBook 317800)

    Module has an active ELE page

    Indicative learning resources - Other resources

    Additional in-house resources provided to students in the form of worksheets and booklets. 

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    Pre-sessional, Academic English

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