English for Academic Study - LZ037

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2018-19 2019-20
Canterbury Autumn
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3 15 (7.5) MISS RC Coleman
Canterbury Spring
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3 15 (7.5) MISS RC Coleman


Co-requisite modules include: LZ036 (Academic Skills Development) and 3 subject modules selected from the options available on the International Foundation Programme.





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 on grammar, vocabulary and academic writing 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.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

The module will be delivered in 4 two-hour seminars per week. Students are expected to spend two to three hours in private study outside class. This will include both revision of material taught and homework.


£38.50 (new copy) (core text only)

Method of assessment

The module is assessed through 100% coursework as follows:
1. One academic paragraph (500 words; 3 sources) (15%)
2. Three academic paragraphs (1,500 words; 3 sources) (45%)
3. In-Course Test (2 x 45 min tests @ 20% each) (40%)

Preliminary reading

Core text:
Vicary, A. (2014) Grammar for Writing. Reading: Garnet.
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.
Phillips, T. (2004) Skills in English: Reading (Level 3) Reading: Garnet Education

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course students will be able to:
o To develop students’ existing language skills
o To introduce and/or expand students’ range of formal grammatical structures and academic vocabulary through focus on academic registers both at a macro and a micro level
o To 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.
o To develop own arguments and integrate these appropriately with source material in written and spoken form.
o To develop academic and linguistic skills related to essay writing and referencing, as appropriate to the pathway.
o To encourage an independent approach to studying.

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