Module Details

IA931-6-AU-CO: English For Academic Purposes

Year: 2016/17
Department: International Academy
Essex credit: 15
ECTS credit: 7.5
Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students: No
Full Year Module Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students for a Single Term: No
Outside Option: No

Supervisor: Maurice Abbott, Dr. Nilüfer Demirkan-Jones
Teaching Staff: Maurice Abbott
Contact details: jpsumm

Module is taught during the following terms
Autumn Spring Summer

Module Description

This module facilitates core English language and study skills development that is required for successful postgraduate study in the context of the UK generally, and at the University of Essex in particular.

The aims of this module are:

- to provide opportunities to practise and raise language accuracy and fluency across the skills at B2 level of the European Framework. Students will revise areas of English grammar and extend their range of academic and, to a lesser extent, general English vocabulary
- familiarise students with a basic awareness of western methods of teaching and learning as well as providing general cultural awareness
- help students develop basic learner autonomy
- provide the opportunity for students to develop their academic skills through class and portfolio work

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module, students will be able to demonstrate:

- an ability to learn the meaning of, use and store new academic vocabulary
- an ability to deliver an effective presentation
- participate confidently and appropriately in seminars
- communicate clearly and effectively in tutorials
- the development of independent enquiry and learning skills
- an awareness of the British academic way of life
- accurate application of grammatical structures within an academic context
- an ability to undertake a limited investigation on a general topic reflecting cultural awareness
- an ability to acknowledge source material in an appropriate way
- the ability to use language skills in academic studies at B2 level of the European Framework
- an ability to produce a short essay (up to 1,500 words) in accordance with British academic conventions



- Independent prediction and deduction techniques
- Independent skimming of text for overall meaning
- Scanning a text for specific information
- Learning techniques for dealing with unknown vocabulary
- Basic note-taking
- Recognising cohesive devices
- Awareness of sentence structure


- Basic sentence and paragraph structure
- Short essay structure 500-1,500 word report/descriptive essay
- Writing introductions and conclusions
- Introduction to key discourse markers and cohesive devices
- Effective punctuation
- Identifying and correcting errors
- Using outside sources


- Prediction and deduction techniques
- Listening for gist
- Listening for key information
- Introduction of basic strategies for dealing with incomplete comprehension
- Introduction to note-taking skills and taking basic notes of key points from a B2 European Framework level listening text
- Recognising features of spoken language


- Strategies for dealing with Pronunciation miscues
- Forming questions using suitable Academic register
- Responding to questions using suitable Academic register
- Expressing Opinions
- Agreeing/Disagreeing using suitable Academic register
- Exchanging basic general information

Learning and Teaching Methods

The module will run over 10 weeks. There are six contact hours per week throughout the term. Teaching will mostly consist of interactive classes and workshops. Each student will attend a 20-minute tutorial twice a term to receive feedback on their coursework and progress. Additional formative feedback sessions for individual students will be provided during weekly office hours, as required. There will be an emphasis on learner independence, peer and self assessment.


100 per cent Coursework Mark


Portfolio of coursework (2,000 words): - Reading to write diary (500 words) - no weighting - Essay and re-draft (500 words) - 10% - Essay - summary writing (1,000 words) - 30% Oral presentation (10 mins) - 10% A 2-hour test (reading to write) - 50%


  • Bailey, S. (2006) Academic Writing Routledge: UK
  • Cottrell, S (1999) The Study Skills Handbook Basingstoke: Macmillan
  • Eastwood, J (1999) Oxford Practice Grammar (2nd ed). Oxford: OUP

Further information

External Examiner Information

  • Name: Ms Hayley Maxwell
    Institution: The University of Birmingham
    Academic Role: Acting Director of Operations and Development