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2023/24 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

ELU3022 Language for PGR (4 weeks/summer)

Module manager: Milada Walkova

Taught: 1 Jun to 31 Jul View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

Pre-requisite qualifications

If your degree requires an overall IELTS score of 6.5, you will need a minimum overall IELTS score of 6.0 with no components below 5.5.

If your degree requires an overall IELTS score of 7.0, you will need a minimum overall IELTS score of 6.5 with no components below 6.0.

For other English qualifications, please refer to the Language Centre website.

Or an unconditional offer of place on a PG programme at a university (preferably Leeds)

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.


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.

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: Writer’s Identity.
Week 2: Writing as an academic A.
Weeks 3: Writing as an academic B.
Week 4: Learning from each other.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours47.00
Total Contact hours113.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)160.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

All assessment on this module is formative. Students will receive feedback on two written tasks and one spoken task. Some of the feedback will include peer feedback.

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 28/04/2023 14:39:18


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