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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 1 aims to improve your academic English knowledge and skills to the point where you can participate effectively in Year 1 of an undergraduate programme of study in the Arts, Humanities or Social Science. The course will focus on extending your general academic vocabulary and academic reading and writing skills.

This course is for CAHSS International Foundation Programme students only. It is not available for undergraduate or visiting students.
Course description Key vocabulary sessions will focus on extending your knowledge of the general academic vocabulary found in academic texts. During the classes, you will not simply be learning lists of words, but will be engaged in a series of tasks, either individually, in pairs, or in groups. You will attend the Key Vocabulary sessions once a week.

In the Academic Reading and Writing sessions you will learn how to search for academic sources and how to best approach the reading of these, as well as how to integrate information from sources into your own writing, properly acknowledging sources used. In particular, you will learn how to critically evaluate the sources you read. You will also learn about the different genres of academic writing as well as how to best approach and tackle a range of types of 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 will attend the Academic Reading and Writing sessions three times a week. You are expected to do significant amounts of reading and writing practice during the course.

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 60, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 136 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) This course will be assessed by three components:

1. 'Seen' practice discussion essay of 500 - 750 words - weighted at 25%.
2. 'Seen' discussion essay of 1,000 words - weighted at 45%.
3. Unseen' academic vocabulary test - weighted at 30%.

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

Feedback You will be given individual written feedback - via GradeMark - on your practice discussion essay. This feedback will be designed to help you improve before your final discussion essay. You will also have a chance to discuss this feedback with your teacher during class time. Written feedback will also be provided - via GradeMark - for your final discussion essay.

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 made 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
1. Focus on Vocabulary 2, Mastering the Academic Word List by Diane Shchmitt and Norbert Schmitt, 2011, Pearson Longman

2. Access EAP Foundations by Sue Argent and Olwyn Alexander, 2010, Garnet Education


2. Access EAP Frameworks by Sue Argent and Olwyn Alexander, 2013, Garnet Education

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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