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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures : English - Academic (International Students Only)

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

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 7 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryCSE EAP 1 forms part of the CSE Global Select Pathway 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).
Course description 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.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements This course is for international students attending the CSE Global Select Pathway 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 (2015) ISBN 9781782601760. Available at Blackwells bookshop on South Bridge, or online.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 66, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 130 )
Additional Information (Learning and Teaching) Course runs Mon 21Sept to Wed 2 Dec 2015. Location: Paterson's Land Moray House Campus.
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 1. A language learning journal kept for the first 5 weeks of the semester.

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.
To pass, students must achieve a minimum of 40% in the combined mark (and a minimum of 30% in each component).
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand and use the specialist vocabulary featured in Semester 1 readings for CSE School subject courses
  2. Listen and make notes on academic lectures
  3. Appreciate differences in expectations and processes in the British university context and those of their home culture
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. "Academic Culture" Garnet Education (2015) ISBN 9781782601760.

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

Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information The class times each week are Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 15.00 to 16.50.
Location, Paterson's Land, Moray House Campus. For rooms, check the timetable.
KeywordsEnglish for Academic Purposes Study skills
Course organiserMr David Caulton
Tel: (0131 6)50 6200
Course secretaryMs Kathryn Redpath
Tel: (0131 6)50 9429
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