Lessons will be a mixture of synchronous (working with others) and asynchronous (working in your own time) learning, with flexibility built into the timetable to ensure the course is as inclusive as possible. Materials will be taken from a wide variety of sources, ensuring a balanced representation of English as an international language, focussing on effective communication and understanding within an academic context. A variety of accents from around the world, as opposed to just UK regional varieties, will be present in course materials to demonstrate the nature of English as the world’s lingua franca.
We will focus on core areas as follows:
- understanding authentic spoken material in a variety of media and styles including lectures, seminars and academic discussions;
- taking notes and summarising;
- becoming familiar with different accents and speaking styles including those of classmates;
Assessment: consisting of multiple listening tasks from a variety of authentic academic (style) recordings (both audio and video). You will be set realistic tasks simulating authentic academic activities, identifying main and supporting ideas and details.
- developing academic voice, expressing and supporting opinions;
- developing planning, drafting, editing and error correction skills;
- learning to use appropriate language;
Assessment: a composition where performance is judged not only on your English language, awareness of cohesion and organisation but a clear demonstration of organisation and paragraphing, which are introduced and practised throughout the course.
- examining in detail academic and other texts;
- developing strategies for deriving meaning and understanding from complex texts;
- developing techniques to find key information in the most efficient way;
Assessment: uses authentic or adapted academic texts, tasks are designed to demonstrate your ability to skim, scan and perform more intensive reading tasks in order to identify main and supporting arguments and details, in the same way you would when reading course material for assignments.
- speaking at length in an academic context;
- taking part in discussions and seminars;
- making presentations; improving communication skills;
Assessment: you will orally demonstrate your understanding of a variety of source texts, with follow up questions and arguments in order to demonstrate your ability to function in differing academic contexts.
Grammar and Vocabulary:
Appropriate understanding and use of grammar and vocabulary form part of all four assessments on this course.
- revision and review of tenses and key grammar;
- formal English and appropriate language for Academic purposes;
- a focus on grammatical structures used in academic speaking and writing;
- introduction to the Academic Word List;
- ways of dealing with unknown words in context;
Critical skills and Student Voice:
These skills will be assessed in the Writing and Speaking exams.
- finding and evaluating the appropriacy of materials from a range of sources;
- learning and practising to justify your ideas and express them clearly.
Formative assessment will take place throughout the course in the form of quizzes and writing tasks. Feedback will be provided to students and discussed in one-to-one tutorials.
Summative assessment takes place in the final week of the course and consists of separate Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking Exams, conducted on a secure online proctored platform.