Developing English Language Skills - ENLA4001

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2022 to 2023
Autumn Term 4 15 (7.5) Noel Ensoll checkmark-circle


On this introductory autumn module you will review and develop your English language skills to help you succeed on your current degree programme, especially in building academic vocabulary and grammar, academic writing and presentation skills. On ENLA4001 you will develop strategies for extending your subject-specific vocabulary and academic English; extracting relevant information from texts; and expressing ideas in discussions. Sessions will also help you familiarise yourself with Kent University requirements and expectations in academic writing such as assignment submission, avoiding plagiarism and preparing you for a final essay related to your subject area. On this module, learning takes place in workshops to allow for plenty of practice. Individual tutorials will focus on your development and help you to plan your learning.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 33


No cost - handouts provided

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
In Course Test 1 (45 minutes) (20%)
Presentation (7 minutes) (20%)
Essay, (1800 words) (60%)

Reassessment methods
Reassessment Instrument: 100% coursework

Indicative reading

Indicative reading:
Materials for reading and writing practice will be taken from the recommended reading lists on students' core modules. Students will be expected to extend their reading to include a wider range of subject specific texts

Additional language practice texts include:
• Bailey, S. (2011). Academic Writing: A Handbook for International Students. 3rd edition. London: Routledge.
• Harrison, M., Jakeman, V. and Paterson, K. (2012). Improve your Grammar. London: Palgrave.
• Hogue, A. and Oshima, A. (2006). Writing Academic English. 4th edition. New York: Pearson Longman.
• Lowes, R., Peters, H. and Turner, M. (2004). The International Student’s Guide. London: Sage.
• Murphy, R. (2012). English Grammar in Use: Intermediate. 4th edition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
• Porter, D. (2001). Check your vocabulary for Academic English. London: Peter Collin.
• Wallace, M. (2004). Study Skills in English. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

1. The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1.1. identify the structure of a lecture, follow key information and take notes.
1.2. follow the content of a lecture through the study of subject specific vocabulary and key language structures
1.3. appropriately incorporate information from required reading in written assignments.
1.4. distinguish between formal and informal English and use the appropriate register in context
1.5. use a wide range of grammatically accurate written structures in extended writing


  1. Credit level 4. Certificate level module usually taken in the first stage of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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