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Semester 1

Semester 1

Academic Writing Skills classes

Academic Writing Skills classes

We will focus on a number of function, conventions and aspect of grammar common to academic writing (e.g. describing, classifying, comparing & contrasting, cause and effect, introductions, in-text citation, reporting results, conclusions, bibliographies etc.).

There will also be opportunities to relate the content to work in your own discipline.

Overview of the module

This module is intended for non-native speakers of English who wish to familiarise themselves with the conventions of academic writing and to practise some of the language that will be expected of them during their postgraduate studies.

The main aim is to prepare students for all the academic writing tasks that will be required during their studies. Students will become familiar with a number of reference sources and academic writing styles.

Aims of the module

The main aims of this unit are to:

. Introduce essential aspects of academic writing

. Introduce students to referencing methods and help students to avoid plagiarism

. Help students to build up argument in writing and  to comment on data

. Demonstrate  how to use impersonal language and own ‘voice’ when writing

. Give advice on writing introductions and conclusions

Student learning outcomes

Having successfully completed the unit, students will be aware of:

. Different genres and styles and use of formality for writing

. How to avoid plagiarism and use referencing methods

. How to build up arguments, and comment on data in writing

. How to include their own ‘voice’ when writing

. How to write introductions and conclusions.

 Learning and teaching methods

The sessions will run as a mixture of seminars and workshops. Students will be expected to participate actively and to produce some written work.

Assessment

This is not a credit bearing module. There is no formal assessment.

Further information can be found on English for Academic Purposes website:

http://www.southampton.ac.uk/ml/international/language_support/eap.page

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Academic Writing Skills Group 7 Monday 11am
20/11/201708/01/2018[Read More]
Academic Writing Skills Group 8 Monday 2pm
20/11/201708/01/2018[Read More]
Academic Writing Skills Group 9 Tuesday 4pm
21/11/201709/01/2018[Read More]
Academic Writing Skills Group 10 Wednesday 11am
22/11/201710/01/2018[Read More]
Academic Writing Skills Group 11 Thursday 11am
23/11/201711/01/2018[Read More]
Academic Writing Skills Group 12 Thursday 4pm
23/11/201711/01/2018[Read More]
Critical Thinking Skills Classes

Critical Thinking Skills Classes

We aim to equip you with the skills and strategies you need to think, read and write critically during your studies here.

There will also be opportunities to relate the content to work in your own discipline

Overview of the module

This module has been designed to meet the needs of international or overseas students who wish to broaden their study skills by incorporating critical thinking. The module aims to give you the ability to critically read, analyse and comment upon texts written by other people. It also aims to give you the ability to use these texts (written by others) to build your own arguments and become a critical writer. You will become more aware of  what ‘criticality’ is, in the academic sense of the word; be able to conduct basic critical analysis on a text and see how critically analysed source material can build new arguments.

Aims of the module

The main aims of this module are to:

. Develop an understanding of why critically examining knowledge claims is important

. Demonstrate a critical capacity to analyse and evaluate own and others’ beliefs and knowledge claims in a variety of contexts

. Understand the selective and interpretative nature of information (e.g. personal and ideological bias)

. Evaluate reasoning of different kinds

. Make interdisciplinary connections and synthesise information and arguments

. Generate your own arguments and alternatives

Student learning outcomes

Having successfully completed the unit, students will be aware of: 

. How to accurately assess the nature and strength of justification in arguments, even when measures are taken to disguise this

. The use of bias and persuasion in written, diagrammatic and numerical sources

. How to select and summarise arguments clearly and accurately and produce well developed or critical pieces of successful argumentation

. Processes used to evaluate evidence

. How arguments are reasoned and structured, both orally and in written form

. How to extract and synthesise key information from written and spoken sources.

 Learning and teaching methods

The sessions will run as a mixture of lectures and discussions. Students will be expected to participate actively and to produce some written work.

Assessment

This is non- credit bearing. There is no formal assessment for this module.

Further information about the English Academic Purposes can be found on website:

http://www.southampton.ac.uk/ml/international/language_support/eap.page

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Critical Thinking Skills Group 2 Wednesday 9am
22/11/201710/01/2018[Read More]
Everyday English Skills Classes

Everyday English Skills Classes

We will cover all the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. Topics will include grammar, idioms and phrasal verbs, vocabulary development with particular reference to collocation, and different registers and genres.

There will also be opportunities to relate the content to your daily life in the UK.

Rational

This module will allow students to improve their listening, reading, writing, and speaking in English in a variety of contexts.  They will integrate the study of the four language skills with a wide use of vocabulary, and grammatical structures of the English language.

Module aims

. Improve their ability to demonstrate their use of English by doing various tasks at text and sentence level

. Improve their listening ability in terms of listening for gist and detail

. Build on the vocabulary that they already know and increase their range of expression

. Improve their reading skills so that they read more effectively

. Enable them to write more effectively

. Provide them with numerous opportunities to improve their speaking in discussions

. Increase their awareness to the appropriate use of English in different situations

Student learning outcomes

Having successfully completed the unit, they will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

. Different genres and styles for writing

. Different accents of English and wider use of general and idiomatic English

. Skills and strategies for more effective reading

. The appropriate use of English in various situations

. How to build up arguments when writing and speaking

. Strategies to help them understand a variety of accents

Learning and teaching methods

The sessions will run as a mixture of seminars, workshops and group work.

Students will be expected to prepare for classes (where necessary) and participate actively. 

Assessment

This is a not a credit bearing module. There is no formal assessment.

Further information about English for Academic Purposes can be found on website:

http://www.southampton.ac.uk/ml/international/language_support/eap.page

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Everyday English Skills Group 3 Tuesday 2pm
21/11/201709/01/2018[Read More]
Everyday English Skills Group 4 Friday 2pm
24/11/201712/01/2018[Read More]
Grammar for Writing Skills classes

Grammar for Writing Skills classes

Good writing skills allow you to communicate your message clearly to a reader. We will focus on grammar, punctuation and sentence structure as these are key elements of written communication.

There will also be opportunities to relate the content to work in your own discipline

Overview of the module

This module is intended for non-native speakers of English who wish to familiarise themselves with how grammar is used to improve academic writing and to practise some of the language that will be expected of them during their postgraduate studies.

The main aim is to prepare students for all the academic writing tasks that will be required during their studies. Students will become familiar with a number of reference sources and academic writing styles.

Aims of the module

The main aims of this unit are to:

. Increase and develop understanding of the importance of grammar and language use in academic  writing.

. Develop ability to write more accurately, objectively  and effectively at university.

. Develop awareness of the importance of  verbs and noun phrase use in academic writing.

. Develop awareness of how different types of sentences can help cohesion in academic writing.

. Develop awareness of caution and modal verb use for referencing skills at university.

Student learning outcomes

Having successfully completed the unit, students will be aware of:

. Common grammar rules and conventions of formal writing

. Use of verbs and tense to convey actions  and ideas

. Use of sentences to discuss and build coherent arguments

. The importance of language accuracy and clarity of ideas in academic writing

Learning and teaching methods

The sessions will run as a mixture of seminars and workshops. Students will be expected to participate actively and to produce some written work.

Assessment

This is not a credit bearing module. There is no formal assessment.

Further information about English for Academic Purposes can be found on website:

http://www.southampton.ac.uk/ml/international/language_support/eap.page

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Grammar for Writing Skills Group 3 Tuesday 9am
21/11/201709/01/2018[Read More]
Grammar for Writing Skills Group 4 Thursday 2pm
23/11/201711/01/2018[Read More]
PGR Thesis Writing Skills

PGR Thesis Writing Skills

Overview of the module

This module is intended for non-native speakers of English who wish to familiarise themselves with the conventions of academic writing and to practise some of the language that will be expected of them during their postgraduate studies.

The main aim is to prepare students for all the academic writing tasks that will be required during their studies. Students will become familiar with a number of reference sources and academic writing styles.

Aims of the module

The main aims of this unit are to:

  • introduce essential aspects of academic writing for a PhD
  • Scoping the question
  • Critical evaluation of literature
  • introduce students to referencing methods
  • help students to avoid plagiarism
  • help students to build up arguments in writing
  • help students to comment on data
  • demonstrate to students how to use impersonal language
  • help students to find their own ‘voice’ when writing
  • give advice on writing introductions and conclusions

Student learning outcomes

Having successfully completed the unit, students will be aware of:

  • different genres and styles for writing
  • how to avoid plagiarism and use referencing methods
  • how to build up arguments, and comment on data in writing
  • how to include their own ‘voice’ when writing
  • how to write introductions and conclusions.

Learning and teaching methods

The sessions will run as a mixture of seminars and workshops. Students will be expected to participate actively and to produce some written work.

Assessment

There is no formal assessment for this module.

Further information about English for Academic Purposes can be found on website:

http://www.southampton.ac.uk/ml/international/language_support/eap.page

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PGR Thesis Writing Skills Group 2 Tuesday 11am
21/11/201709/01/2018[Read More]
Seminar & Presentation Skills Classes

Seminar & Presentation Skills Classes

We aim to develop the key skills involved in oral communication: speaking in academic contexts, presenting and participating in seminar discussions. There will also be opportunities to practise your pronunciation, give a presentation and to relate the content to work in your own discipline.

Overview of the module

This module is intended for non-native speakers of English who wish to improve their academic speaking skills in English.  They will integrate the norms and conventions of seminar discussions and oral presentations with advice on how to improve their individual pronunciation of the English language. 

Aims of the module

The main aims of this unit are to:

. Enable students to understand and practise the norms and conventions of speaking in a seminar discussion

. Enable students to understand the norms and conventions of making an informal individual presentation

. Enable students to understand the norms and conventions of making a group presentat

. Give students advice on how to improve their pronunciation in English, as well as their stress and intonation patterns

Student learning outcomes

Having successfully completed the unit, students will be able to demonstrate ability, knowledge and understanding of:

. The features of seminar discussions

. To contribute confidently to seminar discussions

. How to structure and deliver an informal individual presentation

. How to structure and deliver a group presentation

. The range of academic vocabulary used in seminar and oral presentations

. How to improve their individual pronunciation, stress and intonation patterns in English.

Learning and teaching methods

The sessions will run as a mixture of seminar discussions, presentations and workshops. Students will be expected to research and prepare outlines of oral presentations, participate in discussions on various topics and give an informal presentation.

Assessment

This is non-credit bearing. There is no formal assessment for this module.

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Seminar & Presentation Skills Group 3 Monday 9am
20/11/201708/01/2018[Read More]
Seminar & Presentation Skills Group 4 Friday 2pm
24/11/201712/01/2018[Read More]

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