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ELU3019 Language for Postgraduate Research

Module manager: Milada Walkova

Taught: 1 Jul to 15 Sep (2.5mth) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module is a pre-sessional, designed to support students who either do not meet the English language requirements for their chosen post-graduate programme or who wish to gain a better understanding of the academic language and literacy practices in their area of study.This module will help students develop the language skills, knowledge and understanding required for doctoral research across all fields of study. Students will study core content relating to research in a UK higher education context alongside material from their own area of research interest, to help them develop their language competence and ability to communicate at an appropriate academic level within their chosen field of study.Students will have the chance to work both individually and with others through a series of classes, seminars and tutorials. The final assessments will be based around an individual piece of work, involving an element of independent research.


This module provides students with the opportunity to:

1. Meet the language requirements of their future academic programme;
2. 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;
3. Develop an awareness and understanding of the culture, context and discourse of PhD study at Leeds.
4. 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

Learning outcomes
On completion of the module students should:

1. 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]
2. Be able to demonstrate an awareness of research 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];
3. 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]
4. 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]
5. Be able to work effectively with others on a research relevant task; [MO4]
6. 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]
7. 7. Be able to communicate an awareness of the cultural and ethical issues of academic research. [MO4)


Week 1: Reviewing literature
Week 2: Refining writing
Week 3: Exploring written language
Week 4: Exploring spoken language
Week 5: Presentation skills
Week 6: Revising and looking forward

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
On-line Learning22.004.00
Group learning42.008.00
Private study hours154.00
Total Contact hours96.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)250.00

Private study

This is a full-time course. On average students will have 16 hours of tuition per week, however, this may vary each week. They will also be expected to do up to an additional 19 hours or more of independent study each week.

Students will use private study time to read required texts, complete homework tasks, complete an extended written assignment, self-reflection, presentation preparation and revision for the exam.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Plan of literature review (300 words).
- Draft literature review (1,250 words).
- Practice presentation (10 minutes).
- Reading seminar (1 hour).

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Literature Review2,500 words70.00
Oral PresentationIndividual presentation (12 mins plus questions)30.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

70% on essay, 30% on presentation (assessed for language- with input in first part of course) Normally, further attempts are offered for students who need to progress and who either do not meet the required, level of attainment or reach the required overall level but do not reach the required on more than one assessment component.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 17/06/2022


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