IF1NU4-English for Academic Purposes 4

Module Provider: International Study and Language Institute
Number of credits: 0 [0 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:

This module, along with IF1NU3 in Semester 1, 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

  • Give clear, coherent presentations on familiar academic topics

  • Take an active part in discussions on academic topics, including exchanging information, 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 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: delivering presentations, participating in discussions, developing 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
Guided independent study:      
    Advance preparation for classes 32
    Completion of formative assessment tasks 24
    Group study tasks 12
Total hours by term 0 100 0
Total hours for module 100

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:

The portfolio will comprise assessments submitted during the semester.

Formative assessment methods:

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

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 6.0 with no element (Speaking, Listening, Reading, and Writing) below 5.5 is required for students to meet the University English language requirement.

    Reassessment arrangements:

    Re-sit during the NUIST Reading Academy resit period.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

    Last updated: 28 November 2019


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