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Credit-rated Insessional programme 2022/23

Credit-rated modules


These courses will enable you to improve your communication skills in English for academic purposes and gain credits at the same time. They are intended primarily for undergraduate students on either Exeter degree programmes or study abroad programmes, e.g. students on exchange programmes such as Erasmus. As they are credit rated courses, enrolment will be restricted to students requiring credits for Exeter degrees or by their home universities.

All teaching takes place face-to-face, although you will also have some asynchronous tasks to do. Each course has a dedicated ELE page.  

If you would like to take a credit-rated module in academic English, please email

Available modules

The following modules can be taken for credit. Each module has a credit value of 15 (7.5 ECTS).

ELC2727 – Academic Listening and Speaking 

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.  

ELC2728 – Academic Reading and Writing 

This module will focus on reading academic texts and writing in academic English. Students will study and develop reading strategies for academic material, including notetaking, and identifying key and subsidiary points. Students will expand their academic writing ability, focusing on structure, vocabulary and grammar, as well as how to effectively engage with sources and incorporate them into their 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 complement and enhance students’ performance in their other university modules. 

These modules will be available in semesters 1 and 2.

ELC2729 - International English: Contexts and Varieties 

This module will analyse varieties and contexts of international English, embracing both dominant varieties of English in Western contexts as well as English in postcolonial and non-Western contexts. The course will investigate historical, social, political and cultural contexts of English varieties, and will include specific focus on linguistic features, such as variations in grammar, vocabulary, style and idiomatic use. The course will examine diverse genres of English including academic publications from various disciplines of study, journalism and media, and arts and culture.  

ELC2730 – Professional English 

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. 

In academic year 2022-23, these modules will only be available in term 2

Important information

  • All students wishing to take these modules will need to register as insessional students. There are also required to take a placement test. For information on the time and location of this test click here.
  • All students registering on credit-rated courses must be committed to the programme and be prepared to meet the assessment and attendance criteria (80% attendance). For each course there will be 4 hours of classes per week (2 X 2 hours). Out of class, students will be required to undertake assigned tasks and self-directed study. You will be able to make use of the independent learning resources in INTO’s Learning Resources Centre. All students will normally be required to take a placement test.