LA1PE8-IWLP English for Erasmus Students

Module Provider: International Study and Language Institute
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Level:4
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites: Upper Intermediate English Language B2
Co-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2019/0

Module Convenor: Mrs Wendy Smith

Email: w.l.smith2@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

Terms in which taught: Autumn and Spring (visiting students who are at the university for one term can take the module in Autumn or Spring only)

 



This module is for Erasmus exchange students. It will help them to improve their understanding and use of the English language in reading, writing, listening and speaking both in an academic and everyday context. It provides an enriching linguistic environment for the students’ year in the UK.



The course is intended for students with an entry level of CEF (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) B2. On successful completion of the course students will have achieved CEF C1/C1+.



This module is taught at level 4 of the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications. 





Students will identify and use relevant understanding, methods and skills to address problems that are well defined but complex and non-routine. In language learning this means acquiring knowledge of grammar and vocabulary, developing strategies for learning and practising the language in the four skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking, in order to communicate within defined situations while developing tools to enable students to respond to unexpected occurrences.





Students will exercise autonomy and judgement by developing independent learning skills. They will gain understanding of different perspectives and cultural differences in approaching a variety of situations.



Support is given and adjustments are made for students with disabilities. However, language modules are communicative in nature and students are required to work in small groups. Also, students should be aware that spelling, grammar and sentence structure are assessed. In this respect the assessment for this module is exempted from the University’s requirement to take specific learning difficulties into account when marking. For queries, contact w.l.smith2@reading.ac.uk. 


Aims:

This module aims:




  • to enable students to improve their competence in the four language skills and consolidate their knowledge of grammar, vocabulary and language register;

  • to extend and enhance students’ communicative abilities with a focus on relevant topics in order to equip them with the ability to study and participate in everyday life in an English-speaking environment;

  • to develop their ability to express themselves effectively in a wide range of situations, including in an academic context;

  • to improve their understanding of English as it is used in a range of written and spoken contexts, both general and more academic;

  •  to improve their ability to write critically in an academic style, using supporting evidence as appropriate;

  • to provide advanced pronunciation training and to improve students’ confidence in using English in spoken contexts such as seminar discussions and oral presentations;

  • to extend their cultural awareness.


Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of the module students will be able to:



- clearly communicate information and arguments of some complexity in spoken and written English, in order to produce coherent and accurate essays and oral contributions;



- read, understand and make use of information from a wide range of written texts and spoken discourse in a variety of topic areas;



- correctly apply a range of vocabulary and grammatical structures in an appropriate register, enabling more complex intentional, factual and emotional information to be given and sought;



- research, construct and present a clear argument, and express and defend opinions on a wide range of current issues;



- apply their awareness of cultural and language-learning issues to spoken and written work.


Additional outcomes:

Students will be involved in regular group activities and will gain confidence in presenting ideas orally. They will make progress through developing skills of independent language study and application and will develop an awareness of and sensitivity to British culture, in which they will be equipped to study and participate. They will be able to transfer the skills acquired on this course to their concurrent study of other modules.


Outline content:

Students will learn:

- to discuss topics of current interest and explain their relevance to their own lives;

- to express and justify personal opinions and construct a reasoned argument;

- to extract information from authentic written and spoken texts;

- to improve the clarity, accuracy, complexity and appropriacy of their spoken and written English;

- to interact effectively with native and non-native speakers in academic and informal contexts.


Global context:

The module draws on students’ experiences and unique perspectives as visiting students from other European countries. It provides opportunities to reflect on aspects of British culture encountered whilst studying abroad and to compare and contrast these with students’ knowledge of their home culture(s). The module aims to develop students’ intercultural competence and awareness, both in terms of language use and discovering the host culture around them.


Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

The course provides a systematic approach to developing students’ existing language skills in a communicative context. Teaching methods are based on interactive language development tasks, such as group work and discussions. Students will study appropriate written and listening material and produce oral and written responses. They will extend their grammatical and lexical knowledge through teacher presentation and interaction with peers. Learning activities are supported by various media such as audio, video and online resources where appropriate. The module is taught entirely in the target language. 


Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 30 30
Guided independent study: 70 70
       
Total hours by term 100 100 0
       
Total hours for module 200

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Project output other than dissertation 50
Oral assessment and presentation 50

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Autumn Term Week 11 – Project: written essay (1600 words) – 25%



Autumn Term Week 11 – Oral discussion based on project (10 minutes per pair) – 25%



Spring Term Week 11 – Project: written essay (1600 words) – 25%



Spring Term Week 11 – Oral discussion (10 minutes per pair) – 25%


Formative assessment methods:
In order to consolidate and develop their language learning, students are encouraged to complete regular tasks – in class and outside – on which feedback is provided.

Penalties for late submission:

Assessment requirements for a pass:
Min. 40% overall for UG students, 50% for PGT students

Reassessment arrangements:

Submission of an alternative coursework essay addressing a different topic (50%) plus an oral discussion (50%) during August/September re-sit examinations period. Please note that it may be possible to schedule these re-sit assessments at an alternative time earlier in the year (please discuss this with the module convenor).


Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Students will be required to purchase the course book (approx. £32).


Last updated: 17 September 2019

THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS MODULE DESCRIPTION DOES NOT FORM ANY PART OF A STUDENT'S CONTRACT.

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