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ELU0200 Academic English for Postgraduate Studies (AEPS) Level 2

Module manager: Deirdre McKenna

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan), Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) 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 ability to think about an issue from a range of perspectives and come to your own conclusions. You will continue to work on developing your understanding of, and ability to use academic English in both written and spoken communication. You will focus on synthesising both primary and secondary evidence in order to write an academic report.


This module provides students with the opportunity to:
- Demonstrate a knowledge of the language and skills applicable to academic communication;
- Demonstrate an understanding of the issues, cultures and concepts involved in UK academic study;
- Exhibit developing 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 referencing, meeting word limit requirements with minor errors and be making some attempt at citation, summary and paraphrasing
4. Be developing a critical approach to their own work and the work of others through clear explanations, data selection, synthesis and analysis, and drawing comprehensible conclusions
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 argument with enough coherence and accuracy to allow 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.
7. Be able to use spoken language to suit a communicative purpose, including having an adequate lexical and grammatical resource to communicate and pick up on knowledge and opinions with some break down in understanding and communication
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 understanding that they are responsible for finding opportunities to develop their own skills and knowledge
10. Be able to describe, compare, evaluate and apply knowledge of some academic conventions within the general academic context
11. Be able to communicate a good awareness of the cultural and ethical issues of being an international student at a UK university


Week 1: Introduction to course and process / purpose of research.
Week 2: Introduction to theme of International student experience. Reading for research (Summarising).
Week 3: Reading for research (Finding sources).
Week 4: Research methodology and ethics. Focus on literature review section.
Week 5: Preparing for research. Piloting questions.
Week 6: Conducting research. Collecting and analysing data. Results and Discussion section.
Week 7: Writing up research. Introductions and Conclusions.
Week 8: Introduction to Presentation Skills. Draft submission.
Week 9: Feedback on drafts. Editing and Proofreading.
Week 10: Developing Presentation Skills. Practice Presentation.
Week 11: Submit written research. 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 hours228.00
Total Contact hours172.00
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

Progress will be monitored through:

- Checking and formative feedback on students’ weekly performance on written tasks, seminar participation and reflections.
- In class informal observation by teachers on students’ use of language and level of engagement.

Formative tasks include:

- Summary writing (150-250 words)
- Annotated bibliography (200 words)
- Literature Review (400 words)
- Draft report (1500 words)
- Practice presentation (5-8 mins)

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
Oral PresentationVerbal Presentation (8 Mins)50.00
ProjectProject Report (1500 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: 11/08/2021 14:28:17


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