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2021/22 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

ELU3011 Language for Education

Module manager: Michelle Evans

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 an English language content-based 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.The module is taught in partnership between academics from the University of Leeds Language Centre, the School of Education and the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies; allowing the learning of language to be integrated and built around key content areas, and students to develop a deeper understanding of how knowledge and theory are communicated in their own subject.This module will help students develop the language skills, knowledge and understanding required for postgraduate study in the field of education and linguistics. Students will study subject specific content to help them develop their language competence and ability to communicate at an appropriate academic level within their chosen field of study.Each thematic block will be based around an introductory content lecture. Students will work on understanding this content and the language used, alongside that of core texts, through a series of language classes and seminars. Students will have the chance to work both individually and with others. The final assessments will be based around individual pieces of work, involving some 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 academic study in the field of education and linguistics;
4. Develop as autonomous, reflective learners, with a cultural awareness and understanding of ethical academic practices.

Learning outcomes
On completion of the module, students should have begun to develop:
1. a use of 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. 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];
3. 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. 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 [MO4];
5. an ability to critically reflect on their own learning and demonstrate awareness of resources and techniques they could employ to continue their own development [MO4].
6. an ability to communicate an awareness of the cultural and ethical issues of academic study within their field.  [MO4]


Syllabus outline:

Part 1: Inclusion in Education and Linguistics

Students will be introduced to the concept of inclusion through subject-specific literature. They will explore this theme from global and local perspectives across various fields of enquiry and practice within Education and Linguistics.

Part 2: Preparing for MA research

Having been informed by relevant literature in the first part of the module, this component will explain methodological approaches to inclusion-related research in Education and Linguistics. Students will be introduced to a range of research methods, issues and debates relevant to their field of future study and practice.

The module will involve:

- Group discussion/ seminars
- Reading of empirical studies and complex theoretical texts
- Finding sources and referencing/ note taking
- Attending live lectures/ active listening/ note making
- Developing the ability to write extended academic texts, including planning outlines/ structure, summarising and paraphrasing, building an argument, synthesising sources, coherence, proof reading
- Reflective writing and reflexivity
- Developing awareness of research methods
- Presentation skills
- Language advice sessions and writing consultations
- Tutor consultations and feedback
- Peer learning
- Independent study time and online study activities

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Class tests, exams and assessment22.004.00
Group learning222.0044.00
Independent online learning hours50.00
Private study hours99.30
Total Contact hours100.70
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. You will also be expected to do up to an additional 19 hours or more of independent study each week.

Students will be reading and preparing for seminars, lectures and assessments using both online digital and print resources, and will be completing online task.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Progress will be monitored through:

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

Assessment has been chosen to reflect what students will be required to do on their postgraduate programme and therefore provide skills and practice in those assessments. It will also give students the opportunity to demonstrate the development of language and skills on the course and provide an opportunity for teachers to provide feedback and measure progress against objectives. Finally, it aims to ensure students have a basic introduction to topics on Education and the vocabulary to exemplify this through written and spoken tasks.

The literature review assignment will support and demonstrate development of all of the learning outcomes (LO 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5).

The group presentation will allow for further development of LO 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Literature Review1,000 words70.00
PresentationGroup presentation30.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally, further attempts are offered for students who need to progress and who either do not meet the 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: 28/03/2022


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