Academic Skills Development - FOUN0036

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2023 to 2024
Autumn Term 3 15 (7.5) Elizabeth Park checkmark-circle
Spring Term 3 15 (7.5) Elizabeth Park checkmark-circle
Summer Term 3 15 (7.5) Elizabeth Park checkmark-circle
Year 3 15 (7.5) Elizabeth Park checkmark-circle


Through this module, students will develop the transferable linguistic and academic skills necessary to successfully complete all the other modules on the IFP. The programme of study will cover academic writing, reading, speaking and listening skills.


Contact hours

Autumn Term
Total contact hours: 66
Private study hours: 84
Total Study hours: 150

Spring Term
Total contact hours: 60
Private study hours: 90
Total Study hours: 150

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods

Assignment 1 (800 words) (20%)
Seminar Participation (15%)
Presentation (including slides 5%) (8 minutes) (15%)
Assignment 2 (1200 words) (30%)
In CourseTest, (45 minutes) 20%

Reassessment methods
Reassessment Instrument: 100% coursework

Indicative reading

Anderson, K., Maclean, J. & Lynch, T. (2004) Study Speaking. (2nd ed.) Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Bailey, S. (2011) Academic Writing: A Handbook for International Students (3rd ed.) Abingdon: Routledge.
Cottrell, S (2017) Critical Thinking Skills: Developing Effective Analysis and Argument. (3rd ed.) Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Foley, M. & Hall, D. (2003) Longman Advanced Learner's Grammar. A Self-study reference & practice book with answers. Harlow: Pearson Education Limited.
Lynch, T. (2004) Study Listening. (2nd ed.) Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
McCarthy, M. & O'Dell, F. (2008). Academic Vocabulary in Use, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Pears, R. & Shields, G. (2010) Cite them right: The essential referencing guide. (8th ed.) Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Soles, D. (2005) The Academic Essay: How to plan, draft, write and revise. (2nd edition). Bishops Lydeard: Studymates.
Williams, E.J. (2008). Presentations in English. London: Macmillan.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
Demonstrate enhanced language skills, whether native or non-native speakers of English.
Utilise a broader range of formal grammatical structures, organisational structures and academic vocabulary through focus on academic registers both at a macro and a micro level.
Form, develop, support and conclude written and spoken argument in a logical way, and in a format which is appropriate to UK academic conventions and culture.
Select relevant information from a range of textual formats (e.g. quantitative, tabular and graphic data, reports, textbooks and articles) and reformulate it in written and spoken form.
Develop own arguments and integrate these appropriately with source material in written and spoken form.
Analyse, evaluate and interpret academic source materials.
Demonstrate enhanced academic and linguistic skills related to presentations, seminar discussion, workshops, laboratory work, reading, note-taking, research, essay writing and referencing, as appropriate to the pathway.
Adopt an independent approach to studying.

The intended generic learning outcomes.

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
Apply their academic reading, writing, listening and speaking skills sufficiently to be able to deal effectively with the demands of a first-year undergraduate study at a UK university.
Apply critical and analytical skills to all areas of study, as appropriate.
Utilise improved listening and note-taking skills and their ability to interpret information through lectures.
Demonstrate increased fluency, confidence and appropriateness in English language skills, with a particular emphasis on English for general and specific academic purposes.
Speak more confidently in public and lead seminars.
Comply with methods of assessment, deadlines, homework, seminars, workshops, laboratory work and tutorials, as appropriate, and practise the key skills of time management and organisation.
Access support services for independent study—e.g. the Templeman library, the Computing Centre.
Understand how to use the available literature without plagiarising.


  1. Credit level 3. Foundation level module taken in preparation for a 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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