EDM096-Academic English and Study Skills

Module Provider: Institute of Education
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Pre-requisites: EDM084 Second Language Teaching and Learning
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded: EDM121 Professional Studies: Post Professional Development in an Intercultural Setting
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Prof Jeanine Treffers-Daller

Email: j.c.treffers-daller@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
This module focuses on the development of English language and academic writing skills which are important for students who are studying for a Masters programme in Education. Advanced library and referencing skills will be practised and students will be trained in using the Education databases on the Library webpages. They will also receive training in paraphrasing, quotation and referencing techniques which are very important in writing essays and can help avoid plagiarism. The structure of academic articles will be analysed and students will practise reflecting critically upon the written work of authors in the field.

This module aims to provide a foundation of master’s level skills and knowledge for students whose first language is not English in order to facilitate their progress through the English Language Education programme. While the content of the module will be level 7, it will also act as a vehicle to further develop essential English language skills, specialist linguistic terminology, and research knowledge and skills relevant to the study of English language education, as required.

Assessable learning outcomes:
In relation to the study of English Language Education, on successful completion of the module students will be able to:
•Use essential linguistic terminology and concepts; how to use the appropriate metalanguage;
•Conduct a literature search and know how to use the Education Databases on the Library webpages;
•Understand fundamental concepts in empirical research in Education
•Understand the structure of academic articles and apply the conventions of academic writing;
•Follow the referencing practices based on the style of the American Psychological Association;
•Understand what plagiarism is and how it can be avoided;
•Demonstrate skills in reading original research reports;
•Critically evaluate their reading in terms of the quality of argumentation and evidence versus opinion;
•Understand examples of best practice in investigating language and language learning;
•Understand essential components of research design and research methods;
•Demonstrate improved presentation skills (oral and written) ;
•Use collaborative learning skills.

Additional outcomes:
The improvement of listening and speaking skills through interaction with tutors and fellow students. Through a positive learning environment, the development of confidence to participate actively in modules across the master’s programme.

Outline content:
•Reading research papers: argumentation in literature reviews
•The structure and language of academic papers
•academic writing (essays, dissertation; referencing and academic conventions; avoiding plagiarism);
•Development of research skills (e.g. conducting a literature search; reading and evaluating research papers; using online Education databases, such as the British Education Index and ERIC);
•Introduction to essential research design in education
•Relating theory to data in research in education
•Analysing good practice in researching language and language learning
•Presenting research work: practising oral presentations
•Presenting research work: practising writing up research results
•Question and Answer session

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
•Interactive seminars
•Group discussions: practising how to formulate academic arguments
•Practical tasks in pairs and groups (collaborative learning)
•Presentations of research work in oral and written form
•Online tasks which will be made available through Blackboard

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 12
Seminars 12
Tutorials 2
Practicals classes and workshops 6
Guided independent study 168
Total hours by term 200.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 50
Portfolio 50

Other information on summative assessment:
1) Students must produce an essay of approximately 2,500 words
2) Students must develop a portfolio of study skills, demonstrating evidence of acquisition of the major academic skills covered on the module.

Formative assessment methods:
Students will be set homework tasks on which they receive feedback on a weekly basis.

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Length of examination:

Requirements for a pass:
Students must achieve a 50% aggregate mark

Reassessment arrangements:
Resubmission within one calendar month of the notification of failure.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
1) Required text books: There are no required text books for this module. Many items on the reading list are journal articles or e-books that are freely available via the University Library databases.
2) Specialist equipment or materials:
3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
4) Printing and binding:
5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

Last updated: 21 December 2016

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