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Module Code: EAP105
Module Title: English Language and Study Skills III for Business
Module Level: Level 1
Module Credits: 10.00
Academic Year: 2017/18
Semester: ACYR
Originating Department: Language Centre
Pre-requisites: N/A
   
Aims
To extend students’ general and discipline-specific English language and study skills, with an emphasis on critical thinking and independent learning, in order to allow them to function more effectively in other university modules, as well as in their overall academic career, and to raise their language skills to CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) B2+ level, with a general level of ability that is broadly comparable to SEEC (Southern England Consortium for Credit Accumulation and Transfer) Level 4.
Learning outcomes 
At the conclusion of this module, students should:


A) Be able to identify, understand and interpret information (facts, ideas, abstract concepts etc.) as required from a variety of readings (including textbooks, general interest business articles, formal business articles and research journals) using appropriate reading skills.

B) Be able to identify, understand and interpret information (facts, ideas, abstract concepts etc.) as required from a variety of listenings (including those from lectures and business leaders) using appropriate listening skills.

C) Be able to describe, explain, summarize and critically analyse (evaluate, compare, examine as appropriate) what they have learned from readings, listenings, and other sources (including independent research) and apply these to business related problems using appropriate writing skills. These skills will be used in academic essays and business appropriate reports.

D) Be able to describe, explain, summarize and critically analyse (evaluate, compare, examine as appropriate) what they have learned from readings, listenings, and other sources (including independent research) and apply these to business related problems using appropriate speaking skills. These skills will be used in presentations and interviews/discussions.

E) Use references and citations skillfully to correctly synthesize material from outside sources into original work by using techniques such as paraphrasing, quoting and summarizing.
Method of teaching and learning 
Classroom delivery, including smaller tutorials and seminars, will be supplemented by regularly assigned guided self-study activities (both assessed and non-assessed).


No more than two classes per semester (four hours) will be replaced with one-on-one or group tutorials.


This will focus on the study of academic English for Business majors, and include academic listening, reading, writing and speaking skills required to complete assignments, coursework and examinations.


Note: The final speaking coursework assessments for each semester will typically take place during a teaching week.


Syllabus 
Language and Academic skills may include:


Language skills:

• Skimming, scanning and note-taking

• Listening to lectures and taking notes

• Summarizing, paraphrasing, synthesis, quoting and reporting

• Hedging: caution and probability

• Signposting and transition

• Cohesion: linking and connecting

• Commenting on data: describing graphs and trends

• Discussion of quantitative and qualitative research findings

• Using passives, modal verbs, conditionals and evaluative language

• Formal Academic style/ register

• Arguing and persuading, counter-arguments

• Advantages and disadvantages, cause and effect

• Being objective: facts and opinions

• Making recommendations

• Answering interview style discussion questions


Academic skills:

• Reflective practice and independent learning

• Finding and evaluating sources

• In-text citations, secondary citations and Harvard referencing

• Critical thinking

• How to avoid plagiarism

• Integrated skills practice: Reading, Listening and Writing

• Essay structure and thesis statements

• Evaluating a research project

• Constructing a research report

• Giving presentations


Business topics may include:

• Marketing Strategy

• Managing Change and Crises in Organisations.

• Leadership and International Business

• Globalisation and E-Commerce

• Corporate Social Responsibility

• Entrepreneurship and Small Business.

Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester 0   104        196  300 

Assessment

Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Writing Coursework 1 10.00
2 Speaking Coursework 1 10.00
3 Listening Reading And Writing Exam 1 20.00
4 Writing Coursework 2 25.00
5 Speaking Coursework 2 15.00
6 Listening Reading And Writing Exam 2 20.00

Module Catalogue generated from SITS CUT-OFF: 10/22/2017 10:46:55 AM