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LANG7010 - General & Academic English

Title:General & Academic English
Long Title:English for General & Academic
Module Code:LANG7010
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Intermediate
Field of Study: Languages
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2014/15 ( September 2014 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: Katie Power
Module Author: HELEN BREEN
Module Description: This module is designed for Erasmus and International students who wish to consolidate their competencies in English at CEFR B2 level. It will facilitate their social engagement in a new environment and enable them to participate effectively in a degree programme delivered entirely through English.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Use the English language flexibly, both in terms of receptive and productive ability, for social and academic purposes
LO2 Converse easily and spontaneously, without too much obvious searching for expressions, on a wide range of topics
LO3 Exercise key reading and writing skills sufficient for his/her needs in an academic environment - most notably in the areas of note-taking, production of assignments and exams
LO4 Implement strategies for independent study of Academic English through guided use of the ALC (Academic Learning Centre)learning environment
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named MTU module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).

Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

No requirements listed

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Introduction to the Academic Word List (AWL) Vocabulary and word building (learning word formation, prefixes and suffixes) Vocabulary and collocation (identifying common combinations of words for particular field of study) Key words and phrases in academic topic areas
Revision of tenses.Passive voice, reporting verbs, modal verbs
Current Events
Reading, listening and discussion around topics affecting students' integration to a new social and learning environment
Lecture Skills
Identifying main and secondary points; repetition and rephrasing; taking and making notes; overcoming problems in listening to lectures
Critical thinking and independent learning skills
Exposure to self-study resources within CIT relating to assignment production and exam technique
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work50.00%
End of Module Formal Examination50.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Other Listening Test 1 20.0 Week 10
Oral Examination/Interview n/a 2,4 20.0 Week 12
Other Participation 1,2 10.0 Every Week
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,3 50.0 End-of-Semester
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lab Language Lab setting for all classes 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Independent Learning No Description 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Martin Hewings, Michael McCarthy (Consultant Editor) 2012, Cambridge Academic English B2 Upper Intermediate Student's Book [ISBN: 978-0-521-1652-04]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Martin Hewings, Craig Thaine, Michael McCarthy (Consultant Editor) 2012, Cambridge Academic English C1 Advanced Student's Book [ISBN: 978-0-521-16521-1]
  • Sarah Cunningham,Frances Eales,Peter Moor 2005, Cutting Edge Upper Intermediate, Pearson [ISBN: 9781405852302]
  • Sarah Cunningham,Frances Eales,Peter Moor 2007, Cutting Edge Advanced Students Pack, Pearson [ISBN: 9781405852319]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_BIBLA_8 Bachelor of Business (Honours) in International Business with Language 1 Elective
CR_BGBPS_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Global Business and Pilot Studies 1 Elective

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