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: 2019/0

Module Convenor: Dr Elisabeth Wilding

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

Type of module:

Summary module description:

IF0NU2, like IF0NU1 in Semester 1, is designed to give students the general academic language, skills and strategies needed to begin their Year 1 degree studies at the NUIST Reading Academy. This module 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.

This module is delivered at the NUIST Reading Academy, China.


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
Practicals classes and workshops 128
Guided independent study: 272
Total hours by term 0 400 0
Total hours for module 400

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 70
Portfolio 30

Summative assessment- Examinations:

The final examination is the Test of English for Educational Purposes (TEEP), which includes:

  • Speaking test – 25 minutes

  • Written test (Language Knowledge, Listening, Reading, Writing) – 3 hours


Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Formative assessment methods:

Students will complete frequent formative assignments throughout the semester.


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, with a requirement to take a mandatory Year 1 non-credit English for Academic Purposes (EAP) module.

    Students who obtain 6.0, with no element (Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing) below 5.5 will be exempted from the mandatory Year 1 non-credit English for Academic Purposes (EAP) module.

    Reassessment arrangements:

    Re-sit during the NUIST Reading Academy resit period on the basis of the TEEP examination only.

    Students eligible to resit:

    • students who have not passed the module at first attempt,

    • students who have achieved a pass at first attempt but have not met the requirements for the exemption from the mandatory Year 1 non-credit English for Academic Purposes (EAP) module.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

    Last updated: 25 November 2019


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