Academic Skills Development - LZ036

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2017-18 2018-19
Canterbury Autumn
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3 15 (7.5) MS PA Spencer
Canterbury Spring
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3 15 (7.5) MS PA Spencer
Canterbury Spring and Summer
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3 15 (7.5)
Canterbury Summer
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3 15 (7.5) MR JN Fitchett

Pre-requisites

Co-requisite modules include: Either LZ037 English for Academic Study (15 Credit) or LZ035 Academic Project (15 Credit) and 3 subject modules selected from the options available on the International Foundation Programme.

Restrictions

None

2017-18

Overview

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.
Students' entry language level (e.g. IELTS score) will determine whether they take LZ037 English for Academic Study in the first term and LZ036 in the second (IELTS < 6.0) or LZ036 in the first term and LZ035 Foundation Project in the second (IELTS = 6.0).

Details

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Contact hours

Autumn Start Programme:

The module will be delivered as three two-hour sessions each week over 11 weeks – a total of 66 hours per week. Students are expected to spend an additional 84 hours in private study outside class over the term. This represents a total of 150 hours.
Spring Start (Accelerated) Programme:

The module will be delivered as three two-hour sessions plus one workshop each week over 10 weeks – a total of 70 hours per term. Students are expected to spend an additional 80 hours in private study over the term. This represents a total of 150 hours

Method of assessment

Coursework will account for 80% of the overall mark, consisting of:

Written Assignment 1: Feedback response task (800 words) (30%)
Spoken assessment 1: seminar participation (4 x 25 minute seminars) (15%)
Spoken assessment 2: 5 – 8 minute presentation (15%)
Written Assignment 2: Research essay of 1,200 words (40%)

Final Examination : 20% of the overall mark (1 hour)

Preliminary 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 (2011) Critical Thinking Skills: Developing Effective Analysis and Argument. 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)

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

1. demonstrate enhanced language skills, whether native or non-native speakers of English.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. develop own arguments and integrate these appropriately with source material in written and spoken form.
6. analyse, evaluate and interpret academic source materials.
7. 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.
8. adopt an independent approach to studying.

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