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Everyday English Skills Classes

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Everyday English Skills Classes

Everyday English Skills Group 3 Monday 1pm

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.


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. 


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:


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Course Dates

24th April 2017 – 15th May 2017

Places Available

Course Leader

Chris Cullen
Course Description

The EAP skills support programme offers academic language support to international students who need to develop their English language and academic literacy skills during their studies. All classes are free of charge to international students registered at the University of Southampton. If you want to continue to improve your English, we offer the following academic language skills support classes: academic writing skills; PhD thesis writing skills; Masters level dissertation writing skills; critical thinking skills; presentation & seminar skills and everyday English skills.

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