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English – Intermediate Writing 1

Foreign Languages

 
 

Programme(s) where module is offered

  • None
 

Status (core, option, free choice)

Main supplementary course

 

FHEQ Level

2

 

Unit Value

4 ECTS

 

Semester taught

Autumn

 

Pre-Requisite Modules or Qualifications

LANG 102,112,122

 

Module Code

LANG 221E

 

Module coordinator

Professor

 

Applicable From

2016

 

Educational Aims of the Module

  • Upon completing this course, students will be able to produce a coherent and reasonably fluent essay in English, in the genres covered during the course (process, argumentative etc). 
  • This will be complemented by an overview of common grammatical problem areas for intermediate writers, such as the use of complex and compound sentences, articles etc.
  • This course is thus aimed at improving the students’ writing skills as well as their overall proficiency in English comprehension (reception) and expression (production).
 

Module Outline/Syllabus

  • Essay outlining and Brainstorming techniques
  • Introductory paragraphs – What to write when introducing an essay? Outlining and Introductions assignment (5%)
  • Thesis Statements- Topic, Controlling idea. Common pitfalls. Introductions assignment (5%)
  • Referencing – Introductions and Referencing methods – Quoting, Paraphrasing, Summarising. Practical applications.
  • Referencing practice, Referencing Styles. 
  • Body paragraphs – Supporting your arguments based on the Thesis Statement. Topic and concluding sentences.
  • Concluding paragraphs – Summarizing, restating, commenting. Conclusions assignment (5%)
  • Process Essays – Chronological forms. Transition signals for a chronological essay. Applications in practice. Essay 1 (15%) assigned.
  • Development of ideas. Transitional signals practice – coordinators, subordinators, sentence transitions. 
  • Argumentative Essays – Organization. Focusing the Thesis Statement. Objectivity. Essay 2 (15%) assigned.
  • Verbs for referring to sources. Indirect speech. 
  • Review / AOB
 

Student Engagement Hours

Type Number per Term Duration Total Time
Lectures 30 2 hours 60 hours
Tutorials 15 2 hours 30 hours
Total Guided/Independent Learning Hours 110
Total Contact Hours 30
Total Engagement Hours 200
 

Assessment Method Summary

Type Number Required Duration / Length Weighting Timing / Submission Deadline
Final exam 1 180 minutes 50% End of semester
Mid-term exam 1 90 minutes 15% Week 10
Project (group) 1 2,500 words 15% Week 15
Test 2 90 minutes 20% Weeks 4 and 13
 

Module Outcomes

Teaching and Learning Strategy:

  • Lectures provide core information on specific topics (ILO: 1, 2, 5)
  • Lectures provide core information on specific topics (ILO: 1, 2, 5)
  • Lectures provide core information on specific topics (ILO: 1, 2, 5)
  • Lectures provide core information on specific topics (ILO: 1, 2, 5)

Assessment Strategy

  • Lectures provide core information on specific topics (ILO: 1, 2, 5)
  • Lectures provide core information on specific topics (ILO: 1, 2, 5)
  • Lectures provide core information on specific topics (ILO: 1, 2, 5)
  • Lectures provide core information on specific topics (ILO: 1, 2, 5)
 

Key Texts and/or other learning materials

Set text

  • Oshima, A. and Hogue, A. (2006). Writing Academic English (4th ed.). NY: Longman Pearson.
  • Belmont, W. and Sharkey, M. (2006).The Easy Writer. Formal Writing for Academic Purposes. Australia: Pearson Education.

Supplementary Materials

  • Handouts prepared specifically for the course, which will be drawn from:        
    • English Language websites       
    • English grammars and other EFL books       
    • Articles from relevant journals and newspapers for comprehension and analysis, including The Economist, The Guardian etc

Please note

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the module and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if he/she takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided.

More detailed information on the learning outcomes, content and teaching, learning and assessment methods of each module and programme can be found in the departmental or programme handbook.

The accuracy of the information contained in this document is reviewed annually by the University of Buckingham and may be checked by the Quality Assurance Agency.

Date of Production : Autumn 2016

Date approved by School Learning and Teaching Committee: 28th September 2016

Date approved by School Board of Study : 12th October 2016

Date approved by University Learning and Teaching Committee: 2nd November 2016

Date of Annual Review: December 2017

       
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