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ELU0100 Academic English for Postgraduate Studies (AEPS) Level 1

Module manager: Laura Richards

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

On this module, you will be developing your understanding of different genres of text by looking at features, structure and language used in texts of your discipline. You will develop the ability to write using academic style and conventions such as referencing, and conduct research into the genres of text used in your discipline which will be written up in a summary. You will also become more familiar with study in the UK HE context, better understanding the challenges and opportunities this brings.


This module provides students with the opportunity to:
- Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the language and skills applicable to academic communication;
- Demonstrate a basic understanding of the issues, cultures and concepts involved in UK academic study;
- Exhibit emerging competence in the use and understanding of academically acceptable forms of English, both spoken and written.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should:
1. Be able to demonstrate some awareness of basic genre; making choices in relation to audience and purpose at whole text level.
2. Be able to demonstrate an awareness of basic discourse and rhetorical functions at whole text, paragraph and sentence level.
3. Be able to demonstrate an ability to follow academic conventions in writing, including some attempt at referencing, meeting word limit requirements with minor errors and making some attempt at selecting sources.
4. Be developing a critical approach to their own work and the work of others by presenting different viewpoints, trying to use their own words to show an understanding of sources and communicating their own ideas.
5. Be able to use written academic language to suit a communicative purpose, including having a lexical and grammatical resource which can be used to express an idea or opinion with some coherence and accuracy and which allows mostly comprehensible communication but which contains errors throughout most of their writing.
6. Be able to demonstrate an ability to follow academic conventions in speaking, such as acknowledging where ideas or information comes from, expressing their own ideas, meeting task requirements, turn taking and building a collaborative understanding with some breakdown in understanding and communication and some dependence on memorisation, translation, prompts, self-correction and hesitation
7. Be able to use spoken language to suit a communicative purpose, including having an adequate lexical and grammatical resource to communicate their own ideas, but with some breakdown in understanding and communication and some dependence on memorisation, translation, prompts, self-correction and hesitation.
8. Be learning to work with others on an academic task and have an awareness of the problems this can create.
9. Be able to reflect on their own learning and be developing an awareness of resources and techniques they could employ to continue their own development.
10. Be able to describe, compare, evaluate and apply knowledge of some academic conventions within the general academic context.
11. Be able to communicate an awareness of the cultural issues of working with others from different cultural and learning backgrounds.


Week 1: Introduction to course and academic study.
Week 2: Introduction to UK HE context. Introduction to genre.
Week 3: Exploring Leeds University. Genre analysis of informal texts.
Week 4: Exploring academic genre. Analysing structure in academic texts.
Week 5: Exploring your department. Understanding paragraph structure.
Week 6: Introduction to language report and poster presentation. Academic integrity and referencing.
Week 7: Exploring academic style in formal texts. Researching language report.
Week 8: Language report research. Structuring your writing.
Week 9: Feedback on draft. Developing poster presentations.
Week 10: Mock poster presentations. Checking your work.
Week 11: Submit a language report. Reflection on assessment.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours40.00
Private study hours224.00
Total Contact hours176.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)440.00

Private study

This is a full-time course. On average students will have 14 hours of tuition and 2 hours of consultations per week and will be expected to do an additional 4 hours of independent online study and 20 hours or more of private study each week, which will include reading and preparing for seminars, lectures and assessments using both online digital and print resources, and completing learning tasks.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students receive regular written feedback on writing tasks submitted through Turnitin. This allows them to improve their writing and language skills before they submit their summative assessments. Students are closely monitored throughout the research stage of the exploratory practice project and submit a draft before they submit their final report. This ensures that they are supported through every stage of the essay-writing process. As well as regular class activities in groups, students work in groups to prepare and deliver their group poster presentation, which forms part of their summative assessment.

Formative tasks include:
- Email to tutor (300 words)
- Screencast (5 minutes)
- Comparative analysis (250 words)
- Timed writing task (approx. 500 words)
- Draft language report (approx. 500 words)
- Practice presentation (10-12 mins; 3-5 students)

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Poster PresentationGroup poster presentation (10-12 mins: 3-5 students)50.00
AssignmentGenre analysis summary (800-1000 words)50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally, further attempts are offered for students who need to progress and who either do not meet the expected level of attainment or reach the required overall level but do not reach the required level on more than one assessment component.

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 17/08/2021 11:01:58


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