IF0NU2-English for Academic Purposes 2

Module Provider: International Study and Language Institute
Number of credits: 40 [20 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Elisabeth Wilding

Email: e.a.wilding@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

To develop students’ language knowledge* and language skills to meet the needs of their future academic studies, by improving their ability to:

  • understand complex and abstract written texts and use them in completing academic assignments

  • understand long spoken texts (e.g. mini-lectures, lecture extracts, spontaneous monologues) and take notes independently

  • take full part in both spontaneous and unplanned group discussions

  • deliver extended formal presentations, and respond effectively to questions

  • present information, ideas and opinions through writing, drawing on multiple sources

  • independently find relevant sources for use in their written and spoken assignments

*developing language knowledge refers to expanding the students’ range and control of English vocabulary and grammar

Summary module description:

English for Academic Purposes 1 (IF0NU1) and English for Academic Purposes 2 (IF0NU2) are designed to give students the general academic language, skills and strategies needed to begin their Year 1 degree studies at the NUIST-Reading Academy in Nanjing. This module (IF0NU2) consolidates the content of IF0NU1, and further extends the students’ language, skills and strategies by presenting them with more challenging, complex and abstract sources, and expecting them to work more quickly, effectively and strategically. They will also be required to demonstrate a higher degree of independence in their studies.


Assessable learning outcomes:

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

  • demonstrate understanding of complex and abstract academic texts within a limited time

  • demonstrate understanding of extended spoken native-speaker monologues and dialogues, delivered at near-native speaker pace

  • interact orally with others in the exchange of information and the development of ideas and opinions on complex topics, with limited planning time

  • present information, ideas and opinions orally on complex and abstract topics, in a coherent and clear manner, and respond appropriately and quickly to questions about their presentation

  • respond in writing to  a given question in a relevant, coherent and communicative manner, drawing on multiple sources

Additional outcomes:

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

  • identify  their specific language learning needs

  • quickly locate and evaluate the most appropriate language learning resources to meet their continuing language development needs

  • independently and quickly locate a wide range of sources relevant to assignments and individual interests

  • work on group assignments, with a concrete outcome (e.g. a presentation, a report), in a co-operative and collaborative manner

Outline content:

Consolidation and extension of the reading, listening, speaking, writing skills and language knowledge introduced in IF0NU1, with a particular emphasis on:

  • studying different ways of organising texts; looking at essay questions and selecting the most appropriate way of organising a response; redrafting written work in the light of peer and teacher feedback; avoiding plagiarism in the use of sources

  • selecting the most appropriate reading strategies to match their reading purpose e.g. to identify relevant sources and select information necessary for their purpose

  • integrating listening and speaking tasks e.g. listening to authentic texts, taking notes independently and reporting back to peers; in group discussions, negotiating meaning by checking understanding, asking for clarification and employing appropriate communication strategies

  • increasing the speed of recognition of the most frequent words in general academic English, and building academic vocabulary further by going  beyond these words; using grammatical structures to more precisely express a wider range of meanings

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

This module will employ a communicative approach to language development, with an emphasis on meaning, task-completion, interaction and feedback. Students will be actively engaged, working together in pairs and groups. Students will be expected to work independently outside class, individually and in groups, both to complete assignments and further develop their own language.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 144
Guided independent study 256
Total hours by term 400.00
Total hours for module 400.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:



IELTS Examination 


The IELTS is a 3 hour external examination. Students will be required to:

  • register and pay for the IELTS test individually at an external test centre (as advised by NUIST-University of Reading staff).

  • Take the IELTS test by the deadline set by NUIST-University of Reading Academy.

  • ensure their IELTS results are reported to the NUIST-University of Reading Academy by the deadline indicated.


Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Formative assessment methods:

Individual feedback will be given on written assignments, including plans and drafts, and formal spoken presentations.


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:

    An overall grade of 5.5 with no element (Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing) below 5.0 will be required for students to be admitted to Year 1 of their degree programme.

    Reassessment arrangements:

    Students who fail to pass the module at first attempt will be given an additional attempt to re-sit the examination during the summer re-sit period. If a student fails at second attempt they will be given the opportunity to suspend for one year and retake the Module at NUIST or take the relevant pre-sessional course.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

    Last updated: 16 August 2018


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