Academic English Skills
Level 0 (CQFW Level 3), 10 Credits.
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This course provides opportunities to use English appropriately for academic study. It will focus on the essential skills required to perform well in an English-speaking academic context.
Who is this course for?
Anyone with an interest in learning to use English appropriately for academic study. All are very welcome!
- Introduction to the course
- Common Errors: English Spelling and Punctuation
- Developing an argument and Supporting Ideas
- Formal versus Informal Language
- Debating and Expressing Opinions
- Describing Trends, Figures and Visual Data
- Comparing Data and Sources
- Writing Styles, Introductions and Conclusions
- Paraphrase and Summary: Using Synonyms
- Conclusions and Reflection, How to Continue
Learning and Teaching
Learning and teaching are undertaken by means of small group work. Sessions will include class exercises and the use of stimulus materials, and there will be plenty of opportunity for discussion.
The basis of assessment will be a portfolio (c. 1000 words) that includes several fragments of your own reflective learning journals from the course, quizzes and questionnaires and other tasks designed to enhance the learning experience and develop and progress students’ skills and confidence.
To award credits we need to have evidence of the knowledge and skills you have gained or improved. Some of this has to be in a form that can be shown to external examiners so that we can be absolutely sure that standards are met across all courses and subjects.
The tutor will recommend specific books, articles and web sources, but the following book will be useful:
Hamp-Lyons, L and B Heasley (2006). Study Writing: A Course in Written English for Academic Purposes (Cambridge University Press)
Library and Computing Facilities
As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University library and computing facilities. You can find out more about these facilities on our website www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn under Student Information, or by ringing the Centre on (029) 2087 0000.
Accessibility of Courses
Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and Dyslexia screening. Please contact the Centre on (029) 2087 0000 for an information leaflet.
A range of further information can be found on our web site www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn or in Choices. This includes the times and dates of courses and an explanation of accreditation and credit levels.