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Module title

English language development with EAP and English testing

Topics of study

Grammatical Accuracy: The reinforcement and extension of grammar work to enhance the understanding and active use of spoken and written English language, enabling the students to reach a sufficient level of proficiency in English for their intended level of study; tenses review and development; focus on more complex verb forms i.e. the passive, conditionals, gerunds; common grammar trouble spots.

Vocabulary: The extension of the range of general and academic vocabulary resource, to include areas such as collocations, word building, multi-word verbs, prefixes, compound nouns and noun phrases, the language comparison and contrast; modality; subject-specific lexis.

Listening Skills: The improvement of existing listening skills to enable understanding of lectures and more complex discourse in a variety of contexts.

Speaking Skills: The improvement of pronunciation and formal speaking skills for confident interaction in undergraduate study situations. Speaking practice through presentations, role-play and group discussions.

Reading Skills: The understanding of gist, structure, details of meaning and implication in a variety of undergraduate-level texts relating to academic and cross-cultural issues.

Writing Skills: The improvement of cohesion and clear layout together with the production of a range of writing tasks other than essay writing i.e. formal letters, emails, memos, and reports. Note taking, synthesizing

Analysis of written reports, essays and other forms of degree-level formative and summative assessment

Plan and write appropriately structured reports, essays, formal presentations and other academic outcomes


Learning outcomes

At the end of this module, you will be able to:


  1. Revise knowledge of more complex grammatical structures and use them accurately and appropriately in a wide range of academic contexts.
  2. Analyse the linguistic features used in a range of communicative situations and select appropriate language functions and lexis.
  3. Summarise and analyse key information from academic texts and extract details of meaning and implication.


Thinking Skills

  1. Engage effectively in a variety of interactive situations, justify and elaborate on points individually and collaboratively in group work.
  2. Clearly identify the requirements of a range of typical degree-level assessments
  3. Identify an appropriate reading strategy for assessment completion
  4. Articulate both key arguments/position and a range of secondary considerations
  5. Paraphrase or summarise a range of source materials
  6. Organise both written and verbal materials and produce appropriate text structures


Subject-Based Practical Skills

  1. Accurately reference sources and produce bibliographies
  2. Use an array of available academic learning resources including UEL learning resources and on-line provision/platform


Skills for Life

  1. Demonstrate awareness of cross-cultural issues and the conventions of studying at university in the UK.
  2. Manage your own learning
  3. Interact effectively using fluent English

Teaching strategies

Teaching/ learning methods/strategies used to enable the achievement of learning outcomes: For on campus students:

Largely delivered though small/medium-sized seminar tutorial work with extensive use of multi-media and a wide array of language T/L techniques. Frequent use of formative assessment, notably testing of writing, reading, listening and speaking English. Summative testing IELTS or equivalent approved internal test.

Free for UEL students

Free for UEL students