IF1NU3-English for Academic Purposes 3

Module Provider: International Study and Language Institute
Number of credits: 0 [0 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites: Pre-requisite: not achieving 6.0 in the TEEP test at the end of the IF0NU2 module
Co-requisites: IF1NU4 English for Academic Purposes 4
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2019/0

Module Convenor: Mrs Svetlana Mazhurnaya

Email: s.mazhurnaya@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module is for students who have successfully completed the integrated foundation year at the NUIST Reading Academy, but have not yet met the University’s English requirement. The module will provide students with the opportunity to consolidate and extend the academic language, skills, and strategies developed during the foundation year.

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


To develop students’ academic language and study skills to meet the needs of their undergraduate studies, and to improve their ability to communicate effectively in English, both orally and in writing.

Assessable learning outcomes:

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

  • Demonstrate understanding of complex academic texts

  • Demonstrate understanding of lectures and talks on concrete and abstract topics, delivered in clearly articulated standard speech

  • Present ideas on familiar academic topics in a clear and coherent manner  

  • Take an active part in discussions on academic topics, including exchanging inform ation, developing ideas and opinions, with limited planning time

  • Respond in writing to a given question in a relevant, coherent, and communicative manner, drawing on appropriate sources

Additional outcomes:

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

  • Work independently to locate and evaluate appropriate resources for language learning

  • Work independently to locate and evaluate appropriate sources relevant to formative coursework assignments

  • Identify their specific language learning needs

  • Work on group assignments effectively and collaboratively

Outline content:

The module will develop the following skills in the use of English for Academic Purposes:

  • Reading: skills and strategies for reading for specific academic purposes; selecting and summarising information; monitoring comprehension

  • Listening: skills and strategies for identifying main and supporting details, note-taking, decoding connected speech, monitoring comprehension

  • Speaking: presenting ideas, participating in discussions, de veloping fluency and communicative strategies

  • Writing: paragraphing and essay structure; introductions and conclusions; cohesive devices; supporting arguments

  • Language knowledge, including vocabulary and grammatical structures

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

This module will employ a communicative approach to language development, and students are expected to be actively engaged. Students will be expected to work independently outside class, both individually and in groups.


Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Practicals classes and workshops 32 32
Guided independent study:      
    Advance preparation for classes 32 32
    Completion of formative assessment tasks 24 24
    Group study tasks 12 12
Total hours by term 100 100 0
Total hours for module 200

Summative Assessment Methods:
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Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Formative assessment methods:

The portfolio will comprise 2 in-class progress tests and coursework assessments submitted during the semester.

Formative assignments throughout the semester will allow students to receive feedback indicating their performance in the four skills areas.

Penalties for late submission:


Assessment requirements for a pass:

Reassessment arrangements:

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Last updated: 11 March 2020


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