Language for Politics and Society(6 weeks)
On completion of the module, students should:• Be able to use and manipulate written and spoken academic language to suit a clear communicative purpose, including having a wide lexical resource, a range of appropriate structures and the ability to use these coherently, accurately and fluently [MO1]• Be able to demonstrate an awareness of subject specific genre, discourse and rhetorical function; be able to make appropriate choices in relation to audience and purpose at whole text, paragraph and sentence level. [MO2];• Be able to demonstrate an ability to follow subject specific academic conventions in both spoken and written tasks, such as referencing, citations, synthesising sources and their own argument, meeting task requirements, turn taking and building collaborative understanding [MO3]• Demonstrate a critical approach to their own work and the work of others through use of a range of sources, counter-argument and/ or evaluation; development of an argument with a clear position [MO3]• Be able to work effectively with others on a discipline specific task; [MO4] • Be able to critically reflect on their own learning and demonstrate awareness of resources and techniques they could employ to continue their own development [MO4]• Be able to communicate an awareness of the cultural and ethical issues of academic study within the chosen field. [MO4]
Transferable (key) skills
This module provides students with the opportunity to:• Meet the language requirements of their future academic programme;• Display linguistic and literacy skills to a level that will enable them to communicate competently within their discipline specific academic context at post-graduate level;• Develop an awareness and understanding of the culture, context and discourse of academic study in the chosen field.• Develop as reflective learners with a demonstrable ability to work both autonomously and in a group situation, with a cultural awareness and understanding of ethical academic practices.
The final assessments will be based specifically on the core areas of academic language and subject specific literacy. They will ensure that all 4 skills of speaking, writing, reading and listening are covered appropriately for the discipline requirements and as required of a Secure English Language Test (SELT). This programme will also assess students’ developing ability to present a critical argument in the context of an independent academic study using appropriate language.