IF0IE1-International English A

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:
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:

The module will provide the necessary basis in English for study at undergraduate degree level. The focus of the module is on developing and applying skills in English for academic purposes. This module aims to develop the language skills of students who have already achieved an overall IELTS score of 5.5 or equivalent in Academic English


  • to develop students’ competence and skills in the use of English for Academic Purposes from a basis where their command of academic English shows significant weaknesses;

  • to provide the necessary foundation to enable students to cope with the linguistic demands of the International Foundation Programme and to qualify for an undergraduate programme;

  • to introduce students to the theme of scientific and technological innovation; using academic sources students will build up a body of knowledge on the issues associated with this topic in order to write a discursive essay;

  • to develop students confidence in understanding and using English in academic situations

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 in reading and listening texts; comprehend texts at sentence, paragraph and text level; critically engage with academic reading and listening material.

Additional outcomes:

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

  • make effective use of a variety of scholarly resources.;

  • evaluate their own progress and manage their time effectively as they move to more independent study;

  • actively reflect on their own learning processes so as to independently develop appropriate strategies and relevant skills;

  • demonstrate an understanding, through reading authentic texts, listening to lectures and through discussion and debate, of the social, political, economic and environmental impacts of scientific and technological innovation in the modern world.

Outline content:

In the Autumn term, focus is on the basics with a carefully scaffolded approach to academic writing at paragraph level. In the Spring term students continue to develop their language skills through researching and writing a prescribed essay. The essay topic is discursive in nature and helps students to organise their thinking and writing in an analytical way, eventually removing the scaffolding entirely. In the summer term students engage in a seminar activity which reinforces their confidence in listening and speaking in academic situations.  

The module will focus on the development of the following skills in the use of English for Academic Purposes.

  • Listening skills: note-taking; listening for key words; listening for detail; identifying main and supporting points;

  • Reading skills: reading for specific academic purposes; comprehension at sentence and paragraph level; text analysis; identifying the writer's standpoint; skimming, scanning; understanding main ideas and coping with new vocabulary;

  • Writing skills: planning and drafting; paragraph structure; essay structure; writing introductions and conclusions; editing, supporting arguments with reference to reading material; paraphrasing to avoid plagiarism; summarising; comparing and contrasting; cause and effect; describing processes and describing graphs and tables;

  • Speaking skills: participating in discussions and debate: expressing opinion and defending arguments;

  • In addition, students actively develop their own academic vocabulary base.

Global context:

The module explores global issues pertaining to scientific and technological innovation in the modern world.  Students are encouraged to critically reflect on and expand their global knowledge base both in the classroom and without.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

The module is taught through lectures and seminars using communicative methodologies which encourage pair and groupwork. 

A scaffolding approach guides students progressively toward stronger understanding and, ultimately, greater independence in the learning process.

Feedback and feed-forward is provided through seminars and tutorials (surgeries) to aid in learner development. 

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) and Blackboard (the University Virtual Learning Environment).

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 55 55 20
Seminars 11 11 4
Tutorials 11 11 4
Guided independent study: 90 90 38
Total hours by term 167 167 66
Total hours for module 400

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 50
Written assignment including essay 15
Portfolio 10
Oral assessment and presentation 5
Class test administered by School 20

Summative assessment- Examinations:

1 final examination 3 hours 

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Autumn term  

Week 7: Paragraph writing and listening assessments are completed, following on from equivalent formative tasks.  

Week 11: In-class test held in examination conditions tests students' ability to apply the reading into writing skills covered in the term as well as testing listening skills, vocabulary and academic language use.  

Spring term

Week 10: A summative essay assignment is discursive in nature and based on guided use of sources. 

Week 11 In-class test held in examination conditions tests students' ability to apply the reading into writing skills covered in both terms as well as testing listening skills, vocabulary and academic language use.  

Summer term

Week 3: Speaking assessment.  

Formative assessment methods:

Early in the Autumn term, students write a formative paragraph and take a formative listening test which is used to analyse their strengths and weaknesses linguistically and in terms of academic practice.

A process writing approach is used for written assignments whereby students prepare successive drafts of their summative essays for feedback and subsequent improvement prior to final submission.

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 

    55% OR 60% depending on intended degree to satisfy receiving School linguistic entry requirements 

    Reassessment arrangements:

    By re-examination during the August University resit period with coursework marks carried forward if it is to the student's advantage.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

    1) Required text books: 

    De Chazal, E. and Rogers, L. Oxford EAP: Intermediate/B1+: Student's Book and DVD-ROM Pack Oxford University Press.

    Last updated: 10 April 2019


    Things to do now