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2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

ELU3015 Language for Science

Module manager: Laura Dyer

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

Year running 2022/23

This module is mutually exclusive with

ELU3004Language for Marketing  
ELU3005Language for Economics and Finance
ELU3006Language for Human Resource Management
ELU3007Language for Business Management and Enterprise
ELU3008Language for Communication and Society
ELU3009Language for Arts and Humanities
ELU3011Language for Education
ELU3013Language for Engineering
ELU3016Language for Law
ELU3018Language for Politics and Society
ELU3019Language for Postgraduate Research
ELU3021Language for Civil Engineering

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This programme 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 programme is typically taught in liaison with academics from both the University of Leeds Language Centre and from the Faculty of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Environment, Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences and Faculty of Medicine and Health allowing the learning of language to be integrated and built around key content areas, and you to develop a deeper understanding of how knowledge and theory are communicated in your own subject. This programme will help you develop the language skills, knowledge and understanding required for postgraduate study in your academic field. You will study subject specific content to help them develop your language competence and ability to communicate at an appropriate academic level within your chosen field of study.


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. Demonstrate an awareness and understanding of the culture, context and discourse of academic study in the field of science, technology, engineering and maths;
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 [MO3];
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 academic field [MO4].


Each unit will be based around academic content. 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 assessment will be based around an individual piece of work, involving some element of independent research.

This course focuses on developing autonomous academic literacy (the ability to perform to their best ability within the context of UK academia). Students will work on developing these skills through a series of language classes, group work, discovery tasks, lectures and seminars. They will do so via discipline-specific academic content. Students will also be introduced to the processes of and tools for independent study, both through input methods and self-reflection.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours164.50
Total Contact hours85.50
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)250.00

Private study

Independent learning:
Discipline-specific academic content & language
Preparation for group work

Private study:
Vocabulary and language development
Study skills development
Preparation for assessments

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Independent learning:
Discipline-specific academic content & language
Preparation for group work
Formative writing tasks preparation
Formative speaking tasks preparation

Private study:
Vocabulary and language development
Study skills development
Preparation for assessments
Portfolio tasks

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
EssayEssay of approx. 850 words60.00
Oral PresentationOral presentation of approx. 5 minutes40.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Resits are offered for students who need to progress and who either do not meet the required overall score, or reach the required overall score but fail to reach the required score on more than one assessment component.

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 06/05/2022 16:58:09


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