IF0IE0-International English Plus

Module Provider: International Study and Language Institute
Number of credits: 40 [20 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites: IF0IE1 International English A or IF0IEJ International English
Modules excluded: IF0IE2 International English B
Current from: 2019/0

Module Convenor: Mrs Amanda Fava-Verde

Email: a.c.fava-verde@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module runs for 34 weeks, with entry points in July and September.  Beginning with one term of full-time intensive introduction to Academic English. For the remaining two terms, the module runs concurrently with IF0IE1 International English and provides 2 hours/week of language support. 


The module complements IF0IE1 or IF0IEJ International English, and aims to develop students' confidence, competence and skills in the use of English for academic purposes, from a basis where their command of English shows significant weaknesses. This will help them to cope with the linguistic demands of the International Foundation Programme.

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

• present ideas, arguments and information with clarity and reasonable accuracy both orally and in written form using appropriate academic register and conventions

• identify key information, comprehend texts at both sentence and paragraph level and make notes from listening and reading material

• use academic structures and vocabulary with increased confidence and accuracy

Additional outcomes:
By the end of the module, it is expected that students should be able to apply the above skills to a range of academic contexts and topics including: ethics, the environment, language, health, learning and business.

Outline content:

The module requires students to use and exploit language which is specific to the requirements of their IFP modules and their future undergraduate study, by developing the following skills: 1. Listening skills: Understanding main and supporting ideas; identifying stance and perspective; simple comparative and cause and effect relationships; students will also be introduced to note taking on extended listening 2. Reading skills: comprehension at sentence and paragraph level; text analysis; identifying the writer's stance; understanding main ideas; understanding comparison / contrast, cause / effect and argument texts. 3. Writing skills: To develop accuracy in simple and compound sentences and to develop paragraph writing skills. In particular, to focus on describing processes, writing definitions and describing cause and effect relationships. Students will also be introduced to essay planning and writing. 4. Speaking skills: participating in discussions and expressing opinion; presentation skills. 5. Vocabulary: to actively develop students' academic vocabulary base.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

The module includes small group interactive lectures involving a variety of methodologies including pair and group work and task based activities. Feedback and feed-forward techniques are employed through a process of draft writing tasks to aid in learner development. Tasks are carefully scaffolded to develop learner confidence with the skills; progressively more independent work will be required over the duration of the module. Students will also be expected to take responsibility for their own learning by setting goals and making regular use of SACLL (Self Access Centre for Language Learning). Classroom activities are supported by online learning activities available on the University VLE, Blackboard.


Hours shown in the autumn term also include hours conducted in the summer vacation. 

Note: Contact hours commence in the Summer term for students entering the module in July, and in the Autumn term for students entering in September.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 134 22 6
Seminars 56
Tutorials 19 11 3
Guided independent study: 90 50 9
Total hours by term 299 83 18
Total hours for module 400

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Oral assessment and presentation 10
Class test administered by School 90

Summative assessment- Examinations:
There is no final examination for this module.

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

In the summer term, regular, short summative assignments cover oral and listening skills, vocabulary and reading, and writing at paragraph level. Class tests held in examination conditions at the end of the each term test students' ability to apply the reading into writing skills covered in each term as well as testing vocabulary and academic language use

Formative assessment methods:
At the start of the course students compose a series of short paragraphs and written responses to short questions; these are used to analyse their strengths and weaknesses linguistically and in terms of academic practice.
Students complete 4 weekly formative assessments, so as to integrate the feedback provided to prepare for their summative assessments

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:
    40% to pass the module academically

    Reassessment arrangements:

    By examination with coursework marks carried forward if it is to the student's advantage.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

    1) Required text books: 

    Making Connections Level 1 Student's Book: Skills and Strategies for Academic Reading, Williams, J. (2013)

    Contemporary Topics 2: Academic Listening and Note-Taking Skills Kisslinger, E. 4th edition (2016)

    Last updated: 10 April 2019


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