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2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

ELU0006 Academic English for Undergraduate Studies (AEUS)

Module manager: Harry Harrop

Taught: 1 Sep to 31 Jan (adv yr), Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

On this module, you will develop your English language and academic study skills. This module will help you to cope with the demands of your future undergraduate course and develop your ability to work independently. You will also learn about the facilities available to students as part of an introduction to life and study in the UK.


This module provides students with the opportunity to:
- Develop a thorough foundation in the use of English for Academic Purposes;
- Revise and develop study skills such as note-taking and research skills, so that they can cope with the language demands of their future academic courses;
- Acquire strategies to become independent learners;
- Demonstrate an understanding of living and studying in the UK.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should be developing their ability to
1. Use and manipulate written and spoken general and 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.
2. Participate in seminars, discussions and presentations.
3. Extract the main message of listening texts or lectures without significant loss of detail or subtlety.
4. Read texts identifying main ideas, specific details, referring words, functions of sentences, and applying strategies for unknown lexis.
5. Evaluate sources and select appropriate information.
6. Take effective notes and integrate sources into their own work.
7. Demonstrate appropriate academic style.
8. Paraphrase, reference and avoid plagiarism.
9. Understand the expectations of study in the UK, including the ability to think critically.
10. Manage their study time effectively.


Week 1: Life outside the classroom: Preparing and delivering a group presentation.
Week 2: Entertainment: Writing a review.
Week 3: Social media: Planning an essay.
Week 4: Psychology: Participating in a discussion.
Week 5: Education: Writing a comparison text.
Week 6: Work: Participating in a roleplay.
Week 7: Architecture: Preparing and delivering a group presentation.
Week 8: Culture: Participating in a seminar.
Week 9: Identity: Writing an extended report.
Week 10: Migration: Writing a timed essay.
Week 11: Cities: Preparing and delivering an individual presentation.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours209.00
Total Contact hours231.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)440.00

Private study

This is a full-time course. On average students will have 21 hours of tuition and will be expected to do an additional 19 hours or more of private study each week, which includes variable independent online learning, also activities such as reading and preparing for seminars, projects and assessments using both online digital and print resources, and completing learning tasks.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students receive regular oral and written feedback on writing tasks which allows them to improve their writing and language skills before they submit their summative assessments. Students are closely monitored throughout the semester and receive feedback on each stage of the writing process including planning and drafting their work. As well as regular class activities in groups, students work in groups to prepare and deliver group poster presentations, roleplays and seminar discussions.
- There are formative assessments for listening skills (3 hours) and reading skills (90 minutes).
In preparation for their summative assessments, formative tasks also include:
- Mock timed writing (up to 350 words)
- Individual presentations (5 minutes)

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Oral PresentationIndividual Presentation (10 Minutes)50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)50.00

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.

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Open Book exam2 hr 50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 29/04/2022 16:45:55


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