LS1TAL-Techniques and Skills for Applied Linguistics

Module Provider: English Language and Applied Linguistics
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites: LS1SG Sounds, Grammar and Meaning LS1ELS English Language and Society
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Damian Fitzpatrick


Summary module description:
Techniques and Skills for Applied Linguistics runs over 2 terms. This module addresses issues of transition from school to university and familiarises students with the key skills and techniques needed in an academic context and in Applied Linguistics/English Language as an area of study. Students benefit from tutorial support.

This module aims to prepare students to deal with the demands of university level work and provides them with the opportunity to enhance their reading, writing, critical thinking, presentation and library skills. It equips them with the skills of researching information, reading critically, planning and developing an argument, writing critically in response to specific tasks and learning how to use feedback effectively. They learn more about exploiting technology e.g. Blackboard, online resources, databases and electronic tutor group activities in the process of completing such tasks as well as about their "electronic footprint". Students also gain a deeper understanding of how to see themselves in terms of the global university context by engaging actively with students from international backgrounds.

Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of the module, it is expected that the student will be able to: research, plan and write an extended essay independently; integrate sources effectively through summarising, paraphrasing, quotation and synthesising; apply genre and academic register effectively; produce an individual blog.

Additional outcomes:
It is also expected that the student will be able to:

produce notes and transform them appropriately in order to achieve a specific writing purpose;
learn how to use Turnitin and interpret the report;
gain a deeper understanding of academic conventions and expectations of the academic community;
understand the importance of drawing on academic sources in English Language and Applied Linguistics and working with theories for their writing purpose;
apply feedback in the writing process;
appreciate their electronic footprint, how to manage blogs/forums and online interaction;
become more confident and effective in asking for support from academic staff;
learn how to fully benefit from tutorials and tutor feedback;
learn effective time-management;
develop skills for working in groups.

Outline content:
Transition from school to university; using Blackboard; basic library skills; critical reading e.g. selecting relevant information, recognising new and familiar information, identifying relevance and bias; appropriate use of academic convention e.g. in-text referencing, avoiding plagiarism, use of Turnitin, compiling lists of references; planning tasks and organising information; writing an extended essay independently; synthesis of ideas from literature into development of literature reviews and subsequent arguments; understanding theories and how to integrate them into your writing; effective development of argument and evaluation; appropriate choice and use of language for rhetorical effect; use of graphics, tables and other visual input; editing and redrafting; skills for effective group work; blogging and the electronic footprint; what it means to be a student in a global university context.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Lectures; seminars; guided self-study/tutorials/online support

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 10 10
Seminars 4 4
Guided independent study 86 86
Total hours by term 100.00 100.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 60
Report 30
Portfolio 10

Other information on summative assessment:

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (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:
    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.

    Length of examination:
    N/A 100% coursework

    Requirements for a pass:

    Reassessment arrangements:

    By written coursework on 17 August

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
    1) Required text books:
    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: 13 September 2017

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