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Undergraduate Course: Foundation English for Academic Purposes 1 (ENAI07010)

Course Outline
SchoolCentre for Open Learning 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
SummaryFoundation English for Academic Purposes (FEAP) 1 aims to improve your English knowledge and skills to the point where you can participate effectively in undergraduate courses. The FEAP1 course will focus on academic reading and writing skills and on extending your knowledge of academic vocabulary.

Please note: this course is for HSS International Foundation Programme students only. It is not available for undergraduate or postgraduate students. It will be offered as a part of the HSS International Foundation Programme, intended to provide non-native speaker pre-undergraduate students with the necessary linguistic, cognitive and cultural knowledge/skills to join Year 1 of an undergraduate programme of study in Humanities or Social Science.

Course description You will attend the FEAP1 Key Vocabulary course once a week and the sessions will focus on extending your knowledge of general academic vocabulary: the kinds of vocabulary you find in academic texts and the kind that you will be expected to use in your academic essays. During the classes, you will not simply be learning lists of words, but will be engaged in a series of meaningful tasks - either individually, in pairs, or in groups - in which you will need to use and recall this vocabulary. You will also have practice in putting this vocabulary to use in the writing you do in the Academic Reading and Writing section of the FEAP1 course.

In the Academic Reading and Writing sessions you will learn, step by step, about the nature and structure of academic texts: those which you will read and also those which you will write yourselves. In terms of those you read, you will learn how to search for academic sources and will be given strategies to best approach the reading of these. You will then learn how to critically evaluate the sources you read and will be taught how to integrate them into your own writing, avoiding plagiarism and learning how to properly acknowledge the sources you use.

In terms of your own writing, you will learn about the different genres of academic writing as well as how to understand essay questions, before learning about the stages in the writing process. You will then move on to effective argumentation, sentence and paragraph construction, as well as academic style.

You are expected to do significant amounts of reading and writing practice during the Academic Reading and Writing sessions, including a practice discussion essay, which counts towards your final mark.

You will attend the Academic Reading and Writing classes for FEAP1 three times a week and the Academic Vocabulary class once per week.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, 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 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) This course will be assessed by three components.

1. 'Unseen' test Academic Vocabulary - weighted at 30%.

2. 'Seen' written essay: a 1,000-word discussion essay - weighted at 45%.

3. 'Seen' practice written essay: 500 - 750 words - weighted at 25%.

To pass, you must achieve a minimum of 40% in the combined mark (and a minimum of 30% in each assessment component).

You will also be asked to write a formative (practice) written essay about half-way through the course.
Feedback You will be given individual written feedback - via GradeMark - on your practice essay and this feedback will be designed to help you improve before your final (summative) written discussion essay. You will also have a chance to discuss this feedback with your teacher during class time.

No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand and use general academic vocabulary
  2. Understand and write about arguments used by academic writers
  3. Analyse the structure of academic texts and be able to use those structures in academic writing
  4. Locate, understand and integrate academic sources in your own writing
  5. Write accurate English, using academic conventions, such as summary, paraphrase, hedging and citation and referencing
Reading List
Students are required to purchase the (paper copies) of books below before their first class.

Bailey, S. 2015. Academic writing: a handbook for international students. Oxon: Routledge

Schmitt, D. and Schmitt, N. 2011. Focus on Vocabulary 2: mastering the academic word list.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills An understanding of the difference between explanations based on evidence and/or research and other sources, and of the importance of this difference.

Present and evaluate arguments, information and ideas that are routine to a subject/discipline/sector.

Convey complex ideas in well-structured and coherent form.

Use a range of forms of communication effectively in both familiar and unfamiliar contexts.

Taken from SCQF descriptors:

Additional Class Delivery Information Key Vocabulary classes once a week

Academic Reading and Writing classes three times a week
Keywordsacademic reading and writing,academic vocabulary
Course organiserMs Kathryn Redpath
Tel: (0131 6)51 4833
Course secretaryMr Benjamin Mcnab
Tel: (0131 6)51 4832
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