LSMAPAL-Academic Practices in Applied Linguistics

Module Provider: English Language and Applied Linguistics
Number of credits: 0 [0 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2019/0

Module Convenor: Dr Parvaneh Tavakoli


Type of module:

Summary module description:

Academic Practices in Applied Linguistics is a non-credit bearing, but compulsory, module that is developed in order to provide academic help and support to post-graduate students in DELAL. The module is offered online.


This module aims to introduce academic practices and skills that students require in becoming a post-graduate student in the educational context of the UK, and on these programmes. The module aims include:

  • introducing and discussing issues related to identifying and following appropriate academic practices and conventions,

  • identifying and using relevant resources,

  • developing critical reading and reflective writing skills.

  • enhancing study skills at Level 7.

Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of the module it is expected that student will be able to demonstrate:

  • familiarity with academic study skills needed to complete their programme;

  • ability to identify resources that hold the information related to their course;

  • skills in reading critically and identifying the disciplinary debates in relevant areas of their work;

  • ability to  evaluate ideas;

  • awareness of the marking criteria and assessment practices in the Department;

  • ability to evaluate the different texts they read for different modules;

  • an awareness of issues related to good practice and avoiding plagiarism.

Additional outcomes:

The module aims to encourage students’ critical analytical skills with respect to a wide range of issues related to academic practices including reading, writing and assessment. Through group and pairwork, students will develop skills of collaboration, reflective thinking, and teamwork. In addition, student will practice:

  • oral skills through class discussions, pair and group work;

  • working with feedback.

Outline content:

  • Learning from the previous students

  • Timetable and DELAL Code of Practice

  • Library Visits

  • Feedback on PCA

  • Avoiding Plagiarism

  • Citation practices

  • Critical reading

  • Critical writing

  • Option Choices

  • Choosing student reps, roles and responsibilities

  • Assessment deadlines and preparation; using Turnitin

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The teaching and learning take place in lectures, workshops, library visits, a panel discussion and a social event.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Practicals classes and workshops 6
Supervised time in studio/workshop 2
Guided independent study: 92
Total hours by term 100
Total hours for module

Summative Assessment Methods:
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Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Formative assessment methods:

online quizzes via BlackBoard 

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information:

Assessment requirements for a pass:

Reassessment arrangements:

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
1) Required text books:
2) Specialist equipment or materials:
3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
4) Printing and binding:
5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

Last updated: 10 April 2019


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