IL1PIALS2N-Integrated Academic Language Skills 2

Module Provider: International Study and Language Institute
Number of credits: 0 [0 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Summer term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2022/3

Module Convenor: Ms Jennifer Sizer

Module Co-convenor: Miss Victoria Collins

Type of module:

Summary module description:

As a component of the Pre-sessional English Programme (PSE), this module aims to help students develop their academic language skills for successful engagement with their university degree programme study.   It prepares students for entry onto the next part of the Pre-sessional English Programme (PSE), Integrated Academic Language Skills 3 (IL1PIALS3N).

NB. The final six weeks of the PSE consist of the exit modules, Integrated Academic Language Skills 4 (IL1PIALS4N) and Academic Practices and Genres (IL1PAPGPN/IL1PAPGUN), which further develop and summatively assess students' readiness to start their degree programmes.


This module aims to help students develop their academic language proficiency for successful engagement with their university degree programme study, integrating practice of the fours skills, reading, writing, listening and speaking. 

Assessable learning outcomes:

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

LO1 Write a source-based academic exposition or discussion essay

LO2 Organise the ideas, paragraphs and sections of an essay coherently and cohesively

LO3 Draw on a wide range of grammatical structures and vocabulary to express complex ideas with reasonable fluency and accuracy

LO4 Mediate written information, conveying ideas from reading in writing, utilising appropriate paraphrasing and/or summarising skills

LO5 Attribute sources accurately within texts produced, using appropriate in-text and end-of-text citation methods

LO6 Synthesise evidence from written and spoken texts to support arguments

LO7 Give a clear, logically structured presentation expanding and supporting ideas with subsidiary points with relevant examples 

LO8 Use and evaluate evidence from written and spoken sources within an individual presentation

Additional outcomes:

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

LO9 Perform critical evaluation

LO10 Become a confident user of the university’s VLE (Blackboard), submission and assessment tools e.g. Feedback Studio, and other learning technologies (e.g. Microsoft 365)

LO11 Recognise the link between writing or speaking performance and assessment criteria

LO12 Use peer and tutor feedback to identify areas for improvement

LO13 Exercise autonomy and initiative in time management for coursework tasks

LO14 Collaborate and participate appropriately in group work and manage group tasks effectively

LO15 Use a variety of strategies and resources for the purpose of independent language study

LO16 Reflect on the skills and language needed to continue developing

LO17 Listen and understand in general, academic (e.g. in the classroom and to academic talks) and social contexts

LO18 Recognise what academic integrity is and take steps to engage with this    

Outline content:

The module will help students to acquire the skills and knowledge to engage effectively with spoken and written tasks common to university study via the exploration of accessible interdisciplinary themes. These tasks include:

  • Analysing the purpose, stages and key features of the spoken and written coursework genres.

  • Extracting information from spoken and written texts relevant to the purpose of the tasks.

  • Constructing the finalresponse to the tasks independently [of the tutor] for final assessment.

  • Developing research and reading-to-write skills for successful completion of an academic essay.

  • Developing research and reading-to-speak skills for successful delivery of an academic oral presentation.

  • Practice of language to achieve a good control of grammatical forms, appropriate use of vocabulary for the context of the genre and topic, and a generally appropriate level of intelligibility.

Global context:

This module supports internationalisation at Reading by facilitating successful and equal inclusion of students whose first language is not English in UK degree programme study.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

The module will take a task-based, contextualised approach which integrates practice and development of receptive (listening, reading) and productive (speaking, writing) academic English communication skills around accessible themes.

The module will adopt an overall ‘genre’ approach, taking the social purpose of texts as the starting point to explicate organisation/structure and key language features.

The Systemic Functional Linguistic (SFL) framework, which links language to purpose and genre, will guide the teaching of linguistic and discoursal features of academic communication.

The module consists of practical classes and guided independent study (GIS) tasks. Teamwork, discussion and peer feedback are central elements to this course.

The module consists of practical classes and guided independent study tasks.  Teamwork and discussion are a central element to this course.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 5
Seminars 37.5
Guided independent study:      
    Preparation for seminars 18
    Completion of formative assessment tasks 30
    Reflection 14.5
Total hours by term 0 0 105
Total hours for module 105

Summative Assessment Methods:
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Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Formative assessment methods:

There are two formative assessments: an individual written assignment and an individual oral presentation.

Penalties for late submission:

The Support Centres 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 (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:
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.

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Last updated: 22 May 2023


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