International English

Number of credits: 40

Entry requirements: IELTS 5.0/TOEFL 500/173


The module has two aims. The first aim is to develop students' abilities, techniques and strategies in the use of English for academic purposes, from a basis where their command of English shows significant weaknesses. This will help them to cope with the linguistic demands of the International Foundation Programme and to qualify for an undergraduate programme. The second aim is to introduce students to the issues associated with English as an International Language and how this phenomenon affects a variety of academic disciplines.

Intended learning outcomes

Assessable outcomes

By the end of the module, it is expected that students will be able to:

  • present ideas, arguments and information with clarity and reasonable accuracy both orally and in written form using appropriate academic register and conventions
  • identify key information, comprehend texts at both sentence and paragraph level and make notes from listening and reading material.

Additional outcomes

By the end of the module, it is expected that students should be able to:

  • use a variety of resources for the purpose of independent study and research
  • evaluate their own progress and set goals
  • make good use of IT as required (e.g. Word, PowerPoint, email and the internet).
  • demonstrate an understanding of how and why English has become an international language
  • identify examples of the diverse and multidisciplinary impact of English as an International Language.

Outline content

The module will be divided into components which will investigate the key areas associated with English as an International Language. The main themes will be explained through reference to a range of academic fields and will require students to use and exploit language which is specific to the requirements of their IFP modules and their future undergraduate study. The substantive content will be used to develop the following skills:

  • Listening skills: note-taking; listening for key words; listening for detail; identifying main and supporting points
  • Reading skills: reading for specific academic purposes; comprehension at sentence and paragraph level; text analysis; identifying the writer's standpoint; skimming, scanning; understanding main ideas; and coping with new vocabulary.
  • Writing skills: planning and drafting; paragraph structure; essay/report structure; writing introductions and conclusions; editing, supporting arguments with reference to reading material; paraphrasing and avoiding plagiarism; summarising; comparing and contrasting; cause and effect; describing processes and describing graphs and tables.
  • Speaking skills: participating in discussions and expressing opinion; presentation skills.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

The module includes lectures and input sessions in addition to taught language classes involving pair and group work. Students will be expected to take responsibility for their own learning by setting goals and making regular use of self-study and APILL (Access Point for Independent Language Learning).

Student views of this module

Chang Fu An (China)
'I chose to study this module in order to meet the undergraduate entry level and so that I can keep up with what my teachers say in the classes.
It is interesting to obtain useful information from the internet and the teachers give us different types of assignments such as Blackboard and web work.  There is a lot of interaction between the students in the classroom and sometimes after classes we have a virtual chat room with our classmates.  I have found that the most challenging aspect of the module is the different type of academic skills I will need in the future and the variety of topics I am not familiar with.
It is important that you attend every class because every unit is connected.  If you follow what the teacher says you can develop the skills you will need for university life. Most important of all is to study regularly - no pain, no gain.'

Pavlos Panagiotakis (Cyprus)
'I chose to study this module so that I could qualify for my degree programme.
I think that the most challenging aspect of the module is the grammar but I find it very interesting to do the tasks that involve searching on the internet and then adding the information to Blackboard.
My advice to future students studying this module is to go to all the lessons, to study hard and dont leave the coursework to the last moment.'

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