English for Academic Study - FOUN0037

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2022 to 2023
Autumn Term 3 15 (7.5) Rebecca Coleman checkmark-circle
Spring Term 3 15 (7.5) Rebecca Coleman 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 focuses primarily on grammar, vocabulary and academic writing skills but will include all language skills.

The module begins with an intensive revision of language structures and goes on to embed these structures into academic writing. Students will learn key steps in the writing process and be introduced to a range of written academic genres. Throughout the module, students will also develop their academic vocabulary through reading and writing tasks specially designed for this.


Contact hours

Autumn and Spring Start:
Total contact hours: 66 hours (Autumn-start) 60 hours (Spring-start)
Private study hours: 84/90 hours
Total study hours: 150


£38.50 (new copy) (core text only)

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
Assignment 1 (700 words) (15%)
Assignment 2 (1,200 words) (45%)
In Course Test 1 (45 minutes) (20%)
In Course Test 2 (45 minutes) (20%)

Reassessment method: 100% coursework

Indicative reading

Core text:
Dummett, P., Stephenson, H. and Lansford, L. (2016). Keynote Intermediate. Andover: Cengage

Additional Reading:
Foley, M. & Hall, D. (2003) Longman Advanced Learner's Grammar. A Self-study reference & practice book with answers. Harlow, UK: Pearson Education Limited

Leonhard, B.H. (2002) Discoveries in Academic Writing. Boston, MA: Heinle & Heinle

McCarthy, M. & O'Dell, F. (2008) Academic Vocabulary in Use. Cambridge: CUP

Murphy, R. (2004) English Grammar in Use. Cambridge: CUP
Oshima, A. & A. Hogue (2007) Introduction to Academic Writing. NY: Pearson-Longman

Paterson, K. and Wedge, R. (2013) Oxford Grammar for EAP. Oxford: OUP

Phillips, T. (2004) Skills in English: Reading (Level 3) Reading: Garnet Education

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 sufficient academic reading, writing, listening and speaking skills to be able to deal effectively with the demands of first-year undergraduate study at a UK university
- show increased fluency, confidence and appropriateness in English language skills, with a particular emphasis on English for general and specific academic purposes
- use the skills acquired on the module to further develop their existing language skills
- use a wide range of formal grammatical 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 arguments in a logical way, and in a format which is appropriate to UK academic conventions and culture

The intended generic learning outcomes.

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
- show basic critical and analytical skills and be able to apply these to all areas of study, as appropriate
- demonstrate understanding of the international classroom and learning environment in a UK higher-education context
- show understanding of the requirements regarding methods of assessment, deadlines, homework, seminars, workshops, laboratory work and tutorials, as appropriate
- use the available literature without plagiarising
- show an independent approach to studying and demonstrate ability in the key skills of time management and organisation


  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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