EDM159-International Student Enrichment Programme

Module Provider: Institute of Education
Number of credits: 0 [0 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Louise Courtney

Email: l.m.courtney@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
This module runs across two terms and is designed to provide support for international MA in Education students. This module covers English language skills, study support, and a generic introduction to British culture in the UK within an education context. It is designed as a non-credit bearing module so that there is no additional formal assessment at the end of each term, but an expectation that students will attend and a record of the module will be placed on student transcripts.

The module aims to provide a varied programme for international students who are just starting on their MA in Education programme. For some students it is their first time outside of their home country, and this forum is an opportunity for all full time students to explore the British culture as well as strengthen their English language and study skills. It also provides a group venue for discussions about the programme in general which are less formal than taught lectures. The module aims include:

•To gain an understanding of British culture
•To gain an understanding of the MA in Education Programme
•To enhance level 7 study skills
•To provide an informal opportunity to explore basic research methods and dissertation ideas
•To attend cultural events (i.e. mince pies at Christmas, hot cross buns at Easter)
•To practice and develop English language skills

Assessable learning outcomes:
On successful completion of the module participants will be able to:
•Practise English language skills in their chosen subject specialism (education)
•Increase their awareness and understanding of British culture
•Have constructive comments on initial ideas about their research
•Have a basic understanding of the library and other university resources
•Increase personal ability in level 7 research and study skills

Additional outcomes:
This forum provides an opportunity for students to share their comments and concerns about their studies. It also provides an additional discussion forum for tutorials about research ideas and methodological issues.

Outline content:
•Introduction to the MA in Education
•Introduction to the University of Reading
•Staff/student committee meetings
•Procedures for research ethics
•Writing workshop to improve academic writing
•Oral presentation skills
•Introduction to use of the library
•Cultural off-site visit
•Cultural awareness

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
This module will be delivered in interactive sessions, which include small group work and lecturing. Some Spring term sessions are designed to be delivered through blended learning. Sessions will require some pre-reading, and students should be prepared to contribute their views and work collaboratively in order to make the sessions interactive.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 39 29
Tutorials 1 1
Guided independent study 40 50
Total hours by term 80.00 80.00
Total hours for module 160.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
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Other information on summative assessment:
The module will not be award bearing so there will not be a formal assessment.

Formative assessment methods:

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

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Requirements for a pass:
To pass the module attendance is required at all sessions, unless exemption has been granted for particular sessions or there is a valid, pre-agreed, reason for absence.

Reassessment arrangements:
Reassessment is not possible; no additional sessions will be offered.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
1) Required text books: There are no required texts for this module.
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: 31 March 2017

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