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Academic Reading and Writing

Module titleAcademic Reading and Writing
Module codeELC2728
Academic year2024/5
Module staff
Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks



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Module description

This module develops English for academic reading and writing, and includes a process writing task giving you opportunities to revise your drafts following tutor and peer feedback. Skills covered include reading strategies, notetaking, understanding key and subsidiary points, writing style, academic vocabulary, essay structure and accurate use of sources; all highly transferable to other modules and employability. There are no prerequisites for participation; it is suitable for students from all subject areas with an English CEFR framework level from B2-C2 (IELTS 6.5-8). Students taking this module need to complete a short task to ensure appropriate language level and should email before registering.

Module aims - intentions of the module

This module aims to:  

  • Enhance your academic reading and writing ability 

  • Develop your criticality  

  • Expand your ability to research and respond to complex ideas and varied topics 

  • Give you practical guidance and build your confidence in planning, researching, drafting and editing a piece of academic writing with appropriate use of sources and strong argumentation 

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

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

  • 1. Develop a critical response to diverse topics and viewpoints in reading texts
  • 2. Expand and support positions with subsidiary arguments, reasons and relevant examples
  • 3. Read and critically interpret lengthy, complex texts in English, whether or not they relate to your own discipline
  • 4. Write clear well-structured texts on complex subjects in English

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

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

  • 5. Understand and use advanced grammatical structures and vocabulary in your writing
  • 6. Employ a formal, academic writing style

ILO: Personal and key skills

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

  • 7. Engage with a range of research materials/texts to find relevant evidence and examples
  • 8. Interact effectively within a team or learning group, giving and receiving information and ideas and modifying your own responses
  • 9. Read and reflect on the ideas and writing of your peers to provide feedback and suggestions, and respond to feedback and suggestions from your peers and tutor in your own work
  • 10. Take responsibility, where appropriate, for your own learning, and reflect on the process

Syllabus plan

  • Stages of the writing process (e.g. generating ideas; planning and organisation; drafting; editing) 

  • The language of academic texts (grammar and sentence structure; academic style; vocabulary) 

  • Reading comprehension; reading critically; reading strategies 

  • Note-taking 

  • Identifying key and subsidiary points 

  • Using sources (paraphrasing; summarising; quotation) 

  • Selecting and using reference sources; writing a bibliography/ list of references 

  • Conducting a small-scale research task 

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
Scheduled learning and teaching activities 44Seminars consisting of whole class, individual, pair and group activities in which students interact with the teacher and each other. Students will be required to participate cooperatively in class activities, which include the construction of texts, language tasks, and giving feedback to others.
Guided independent study 36Topic-based reading. Students will be required to keep a Reading Response Journal.
Guided independent study 40Planning, research, drafting and redrafting of Process Writing Essay taking account of tutor and peer feedback. The provision of feedback to peers may also take place outside of scheduled learning and teaching time
Guided independent study 30Reading and preparation for seminars and for assessed work, language tasks and other homework tasks.

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Reading Response Paper 350 words1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10 Tutor written feedback
Process Writing Essay Draft 1000 words1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 Tutor and peer feedback (written and oral)

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
Process Writing Portfolio 401000 words (final draft of essay) and process writing documentation 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10Tutor written feedback
Reading Response Journal 201400 – 1600 words (4 entries of 350-400 words each) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10Tutor written feedback
Writing Exam (online) 402 hours – to write approximately 400 words 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Process Writing Portfolio Re-submission of Process Writing Portfolio including revised final draft (1000 words) and process writing documentation 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 August/September assessment period
Reading Response Journal Re-submission of Reading Response Journal, 1400 – 1600 words (4 entries of 350-400 words each) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10 August/September assessment period
Writing Exam (online) Exam (2 hours) – to write approximately 400 words 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10 August/September assessment period

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 take a re-sit exam. Only your performance in this exam will count towards your final module grade. A grade of 40% will be awarded if the examination is passed. 


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Key words search

Academic English, English for Academic Purposes, Academic Reading, Academic Writing, Academic Style, Referencing, Criticality, Critical Thinking, Grammar, Vocabulary

Credit value15
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