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2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

ELU0023 Academic English for Undergraduate Studies (AEUS)

Module manager: Harry Harrop

Taught: 1 Jul to 15 Sep (2.5mth), 1 July to 30 Sep(3mth)(adv yr) 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.


Weeks 1-3 Technology Theme: These 3 weeks include content related to literature research, writing genres, structuring writing, presentation skills, listening and reading training.
Weeks 4-6 Education Theme: These 3 weeks include content related to academic language, a data project, pronunciation and assessment.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours124.00
Total Contact hours126.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)250.00

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. They are also supported through classes and consultations in terms of their speaking skills in preparation for their final presentation. Formative assessments also include:

- Reading assessment to support and demonstrate the development of LO4 (week 3);
- Listening assessment to support and demonstrate the development of LO3 (week 3).

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
EssayExtended essay (1000 words)50.00
Oral PresentationIndividual presentation (10 mins)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: 29/04/2022 16:45:55


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