Pre-sessional Academic English for Undergraduate Studies (one semester) (September)
On completion of the year/programme students should have provided evidence of being able to:- 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;- extract the main message of listening texts or lectures without significant loss of detail or subtlety;- read texts identifying main ideas, specific details, referring words, functions of sentences, and applying strategies for unknown lexis;- demonstrate appropriate academic style.
Transferable (key) skills
Students will have had the opportunity to acquire, as defined in the modules specified for the programme:- evaluation of sources and selection of information with minimum guidance;- taking effective notes and integrating sources into their own work;- use of paraphrasing and referencing skills to avoid plagiarism;- participating in seminars, discussions and presentations;- managing their study time mostly effectively;- identifying personal strengths and weaknesses, and setting independent learning goals;- using independent learning resources with minimum guidance;- working with others to realise learning tasks with minimum direction;- understanding the expectations of study in the UK, including the ability to think critically.
Achievement will be assessed by a variety of methods in accordance with the learning outcomes of the modules specified for the year/programme and will include:- demonstrating competencies in the language, skills, knowledge and understanding required of a student who is about to enter undergraduate level study;- performing effectively in the academic environment of a University through integrated assessments covering all four skills (speaking, writing, reading and listening) required of a SELT.