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Undergraduate Course: CSE English for Academic Purposes 1 (ENAI07007)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 7 (Year 1 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaEnglish - Academic (International Students Only) Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionCSE EAP 1 forms part of the CSE Integrated Foundation Programme, which is intended to provide non-native speaker pre-undergraduate students with the necessary cognitive, linguistic and cultural knowledge/skills to join Year 2 of a CSE undergraduate programme of study.

CSE English for Academic Purposes 1 aims to improve the students' English knowledge and skills to the point where they can participate successfully in undergraduate courses. It comprises four main strands: Orientation to Academic Study (12 hours), Vocabularies of Science (24 hours), Listening and Speaking (16 hours) and Effective Language Learning (14 hours).
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements This course is for international students attending the CSE Integrated Foundation Programme. There may be a small number of places available, from Semester 1 week 3, for Year 2 students who have been identified as having very weak communication skills in English. Contact the Course Secretary for details.
Additional Costs Purchase of textbook: Nukui, C. Academic Culture Garnet Education ISBN 9781859649169. Available at Blackwells bookshop on South Bridge, or online.
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 1, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Class Delivery Information The room location for the first class is JCMB 3212 and the time is 15.00 to 16.50.
Course Start Date 16/09/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 196 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Please contact the School directly for a breakdown of Assessment Methods
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
By the end of this course, students should be able to:
o Understand and use the specialist vocabulary featured in Semester 1 readings for their CSE School subject courses
o Appreciate differences in expectations and processes in the British university context and those of their home culture
o Make effective use of informal language learning strategies
o Listen and make notes on academic lectures
Assessment Information
1. A language learning journal kept throughout the semester - weighted at 50%.

2. An essay (800-1000 words) analysing their experience of Semester 1, with special reference to one of the topics covered in Orientation to Academic Study - weighted at 50%.
To pass, students must achieve a minimum of 40% in the combined mark (and a minimum of 30% in each component).
Special Arrangements
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Details of the four course strands:

- "Orientation to Academic Study" focuses on understanding academic culture: the transition from school to university; expectations of higher education institutions, critical incident analysis, cross-cultural communication, and local attitudes to teaching and learning.

- In "Vocabularies of Science" the students work in parallel, in specialist sub-groups, 'quarrying' new technical vocabulary from readings for their Semester 1 CSE School courses. Lexical development activities include use of VocabProfile software, which allows learners to analyse texts into general, academic and specialist/technical English. In weeks 10-11 each student gives a short (non-assessed) presentation of their 'findings'.

- "Listening and Speaking" practises the complementary skills of listening, note-taking and discussion that the students require for effective participation in their School courses. The input to this strand will be short talks on essential study skills for first-year university students.

- "Effective Language Learning" raises students' awareness of the opportunities for independent language learning in Edinburgh beyond the university classroom and promotes suitable learning strategies. After an introductory session on general language learning principles, six further weekly sessions cover a different area of English language skills or knowledge: listening, reading, speaking, writing, grammar and vocabulary.
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Anderson K. and Lynch T. (2007) PROFILE: Principles, Resources and Options for the Independent Learner of English. Edinburgh: Institute for Applied Language Studies. ISBN 978-1-871914-01-6

Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary (2011) Cambridge University Press.

Nukui C., Norris L. and McGarry F. (2007) Academic Culture. Reading: Garnet Education. ISBN 978-1-85964-91-69

Swan M. and Walter C. (1997) How English Works. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-194314-57-2.

Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
KeywordsEnglish for Academic Purposes Study skills
Course organiserMr David Caulton
Tel: (0131 6)50 6200
Course secretaryMr Anthony Elloway
Tel: (0131 6)50 6200
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