LA1PE8N-IWLP English for Erasmus students non-credit

Module Provider: International Study and Language Institute
Number of credits: 0 [0 ECTS credits]
Level:4
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites: Upper Intermediate English Language B2
Co-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Ms Alison Fenner

Email: j.a.fenner@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
This module is for Erasmus exchange students. It will help them to improve their understanding and use of the English language in reading, writing, listening and speaking both in an academic and everyday context. It provides an enriching linguistic environment for the students’ year in the UK.

The course is intended for students with an entry level of CEF (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) B2. On successful completion of the course students will have achieved CEF C1/C1+.

This module is taught at level 4 of the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications.
Students will identify and use relevant understanding, methods and skills to address problems that are well defined but complex and non- routine. In language learning this means acquiring knowledge of grammar and vocabulary, developing strategies for learning and practising the language in the four skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking, in order to communicate within defined situations while developing tools to enable students to respond to unexpected occurrences.
Students will exercise autonomy and judgement by developing independent learning skills.
They will gain understanding of different perspectives and cultural differences in approaching a variety of situations.

Support is given and adjustments are made for students with disabilities. However, IWLP language modules are communicative in nature and students are required to work in small groups. Also, students should be aware that spelling, grammar and sentence structure are assessed. In this respect the IWLP assessment is exempted from the University’s requirement to take specific learning difficulties into account when marking. For languages where handwriting is assessed, computers are not allowed. For queries, contact iwlp@reading.ac.uk.

Aims:
This module aims:-

  • to extend and enhance students’ communicative abilities with a focus on relevant topics in order to equip them with the ability to work and study in an English-speaking environment;
  • to develop their ability to express themselves effectively in a wide range of situations, including in an academic context;
  • to improve their understanding of written and oral general and academic texts;
  • to improve their ability to write critically in an academic style, using supporting evidence as appropriate;
  • to provide advanced pronunciation training and to improve students’ confidence in seminar discussion and oral presentation;
  • to extend their cultural awareness.

Assessable learning outcomes:
At the end of the module students will have improved their competence in the four language skills and consolidated their knowledge of grammar, vocabulary and language register in order to be able to research, construct and present a clear argument in the target language, lead and take a full part in seminar discussions, structure and deliver oral presentations and write coherent essays and summaries in accurate written English. They will have extended their awareness of cultural issues and will be able to use this to inform class discussion and written work.

Additional outcomes:
Students will be involved in regular group activities and will gain experience in oral presentations. They will make progress through developing skills of independent language study and application and will develop an awareness of and sensitivity to the British culture, in which they will be equipped to study and work. They will be able to transfer the academic skills acquired on this course to their concurrent study of other modules.

Outline content:
Students will develop their language skills in a range of situations relating to their academic subjects and to cultural, economic and social contexts.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The course provides a systematic approach to acquiring essential academic skills in a communicative context. Teaching methods are based on interactive language development tasks, such as group work, discussions and debates. Students will study appropriate written and listening material and will organise appropriate responses both in speaking and in writing. They will extend their grammatical and lexical knowledge through teacher presentation and interaction with peers. Learning activities are supported by various media such as audio and online resources where appropriate. The module is taught in the target language.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 27 30 3
Guided independent study 53 60 27
       
Total hours by term 80.00 90.00 30.00
       
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Project output other than dissertation 25
Oral assessment and presentation 25
Class test administered by School 50

Other information on summative assessment:

Formative assessment methods:
In order to consolidate and develop their language learning, students are encouraged to complete regular tasks – in class and outside – on which feedback is provided.

Penalties for late submission:

Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy.

“The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with University policy:
• 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 (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.

Length of examination:
A two-hour paper.

Requirements for a pass:
Min. 40% overall for UG students, 50% for PGT students.

Reassessment arrangements:

Re-sit in August/September examinations period, on the basis of examination only: (relative percentages: oral examination 40%, written paper 60%).


Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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Last updated: 31 March 2017

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