FA1EN-English for Arts and Communication Design

Module Provider: Art
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Mrs Anne Vicary

Email: a.m.vicary@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module is for international students whose first language is not English with IELTS (or equivalent) below 7.0. The module recognises the need to continue language development for students whose first language is not English, and to develop their academic skills in a UK Arts and Communication Design context.


The aims of this module are to develop and enhance students’:

  • productive knowledge of language and vocabulary specific to Arts and Communication Design

  • ability to communicate ideas specific to Arts and Communication Design in English through a range of media for a variety of purposes and audiences

  • ability to interact fluently and spontaneously in various situations specific to Arts and Communication Design

  • ability to understand and use information specific to Arts and Communication Design from a range of sources appropriately in English

In addition, this module hopes to develop students’:

  • ability to collaborate effectively in pairs and small groups

Assessable learning outcomes:

On completing this module, students should be able to:

  • use both orally and in writing a broader range of language and vocabulary specific to Arts and Communication Design more fluently and accurately

  • write and speak about familiar Arts and Communication Design ideas in English in their own words

  • explain, argue, suggest and persuade in English in a clear and detailed manner

  • interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity in situations specific to Arts and Communication Design

  • use their knowledge of register and genre to communicate more effectively (both orally and in writing) in a variety of situations and to a variety of audiences

  • use their knowledge of structure and cohesion to produce coherent texts

  • use their knowledge of academic practices to use information sources more appropriately

Additional outcomes:

On completing this module, students should also be able to:

  • collaborate more effectively with peers

Outline content:

Language and vocabulary:

  • Spelling and pronunciation

  • Lexico-grammatical constructions

  • Cohesive devices in arts and humanities writing

Writing and speaking:

  • Writing for a variety of Arts & Communication Design purposes

  • Speaking for a variety of Arts & Communication Design purposes

  • Genre, register, structure and cohesion

Reading and listening:

  • Arts & Communication Design texts  and lectures

Global context:

This module develops international students’ ability to communicate in English in a variety of contexts specific to Arts and Communication Design, which will help them adapt to the UK study context and develop their intercultural competence.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Teaching and learning is facilitated through a combination of Task-Based Learning (TBL), guided analysis of texts, and feedback on assessment tasks.

A Task-Based Learning approach is used to develop communication skills and productive vocabulary knowledge.  In class, students participate in task cycles in which students: (1) study target vocabulary within a spoken or written text; (2) use the target vocabulary in a writing or speaking task; (3) reflect on/review their performance; (4) repeat the writing task/speaking task.  This task cycle is complemented by guided independent learning of connected vocabulary and language outside class.

Guided analysis of model texts is used to develop knowledge of register, genre, structure and cohesion.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20 20
Guided independent study 80 80
Total hours by term 100.00 100.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 50
Oral assessment and presentation 50

Summative assessment- Examinations:

To help students develop their communication skills over the duration of the module, summative assessment will be spread out over two terms as follows:

  • Autumn term:

    • Written assignment       20%

    • Oral assessment           20%

  • Spring term:

    • Written assignment       30%

    • Oral assessment           30%

Spreading assessment out gives students the opportunity to respond to feedback and make improvements.

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Formative assessment methods:

Because much of the content will be delivered through Task-Based Learning, students will be given many opportunities to work towards the assessable learning outcomes in a formative manner.  At each of these points, there will be an opportunity for formative feedback from peers and from the tutor.  In addition, the Written Assignments will be undertaken in two drafts, with the first draft being formatively assessed.

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day[1] (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Assessment requirements for a pass:

    Overall mark of 40%

    Reassessment arrangements:

    Reassessment will comprise of coursework carried out over the summer period in the event of a student failing their degree programme overall.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

    Last updated: 31 July 2018


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