Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Proficiency in English

LEVEL 00 - Mod Pre-Tert, Foundation, Proficiency & DegreePlus


DEPARTMENT Centre for English Language Proficiency

DESCRIPTION The purpose of ‘Proficiency in English’ is to create an awareness of the difficulties students encounter when communicating in English during their studies at university, both at undergraduate and postgraduate level. It also aims to equip them with the necessary tools to improve their level of proficiency in the English language.

Study-unit Aims

The study-unit aims:
• to improve and consolidate accuracy and fluency in the English Language;
• to provide the opportunity to practise specific language skills while focusing on students’ needs;
• to provide students with language tools for becoming autonomous learners, able to identify their weaknesses and analyse their own work independently.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
• demonstrate grammar accuracy;
• use self-study resources;
• have greater familiarity with academic vocabulary.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
• possess self-awareness in English language usage;
• analyse, assess and edit writing tasks;
• acquire the necessary skills to carry out further English language study independently.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

• Quirk, R., Greenbaum, S., Leech, G. and Svartvik, J. (1985) A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language, Essex: Pearson Education Limited.
• Smalzer, W. R. (2005) Write to be Read, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
• Carter, R., Goddard, A., Reah, D., Sanger, K. and Bowring, M. (1997) Working with Texts: A core introduction to language analysis, London: Routledge.
• Parrott, M. (2000) Grammar for English Language Teachers, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
• Halliday, M.A. K. and Hasan, R. (1976) Cohesion in English.

ADDITIONAL NOTES Reassessment is 100% Online Examination


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Classwork [See Add. Notes] See note below Yes 100%
Online Examination [reassessment] (1 Hour) See note below Yes 100%
Note: Assessment due will vary according to the study-unit availability.

LECTURER/S Jean Theuma

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It should be noted that all the information in the description above applies to study-units available during the academic year 2020/1. It may be subject to change in subsequent years.