Undergraduate Course: Academic English for Visiting Students 2 (AEVS 2) (ENAI07013)
|School||Centre for Open Learning
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 7 (Year 1 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||AEVS2 is a course in English for Academic Purposes (EAP) for Visiting Students. AEVS2 builds on work done in AEVS1, developing your English language and study skills to enable full participation in courses offered on your Visiting and Exchange programme. AEVS2 comprises four main strands: presentation skills; discussion skills; text analysis and vocabulary; as well as work on two research projects - one joint project and one individual project- which are the formative and summative assessments for the course.
AEVS2 is a course in English for Academic Purposes (EAP) for Visiting students. AEVS2 builds on work done in AEVS1 in developing your English language and study skills to ensure problem-free participation in courses offered on your Visiting and Exchange programme. AEVS2 comprises four main strands: presentation skills; discussion skills; text analysis and vocabulary; and work on two research projects - one joint project and one individual.
The discussion and presentation skills developed in AEVS1 are built on through practice and use in both formal and informal academic learning contexts, developing both fluent and accurate spoken English.
The text analysis and vocabulary strand aims to extend and develop your knowledge of academic vocabulary by studying a variety of texts, and using resources such as the Academic Word List. Vocabulary likely to be used by other students in academic and social settings is also considered.
The aim is that you will be better able to understand and respond to academic texts, as well as to what other students say inside and outside the classroom.
For both the Joint and the Individual Projects, you will be planning, researching and writing up a research project. This involves: drawing up an outline; searching for sources; reading for detail, making notes on content; organising and integrating your notes into your text; writing the first draft; using in-text citations correctly; accurately listing references and proofreading. You will use feedback you receive for the Joint Project to improve your writing before submitting the Individual Project. Both the JP and IP also involve delivering a short oral presentation on some aspect of your project. You will be given detailed instructions and guidance throughout the course as to: your choice of topic; the structure of your projects; the components that must be included and any linguistic or academic issues arising at the feedback stage. The aim is that these supported and guided projects will enable you to perform more effectively on similar assessed projects here at Edinburgh and in your future studies.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||AEVS2 is designed for students at overall CEFR level B2 - C1 or IELTS 6.5 -7.0. All enrolments for AEVS2 are organised by the Visiting Student Office (VSO) in the College of Humanities & Social Science. It is essential that students visit the VSO if they are interested in taking this course.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2020/21, Part-year visiting students only (VV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 30,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Formative written assessment: a joint project on a topic of your choice (to be carried out together with another student)
Formative oral assessment: a ten-minute oral presentation based on the formative joint project (to be given together with your partner from the joint project)
Summative written assessment: an individual project related to English language learning - worth 60%
Summative oral assessment: an individual 10-minute academic presentation based on the written project - worth 40%
||You will receive individual written feedback - via GradeMark - on the formative joint project, as well as a chance to discuss this feedback with your tutor. All feedback given will be designed to help you improve before the summative individual project is due in at the end of the course.
You will also be given individual written feedback on the formative joint presentation, as well as a chance to discuss this feedback with your tutor. All feedback given will be designed to help you improve before the summative individual presentation, which you will give at the end of the course.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Initiate, contribute to and complete a joint research project drawing on a range of relevant academic source material
- Present well-evidenced coherent research arguments and conclusions in both written form (in an individual written research project) and spoken form (in an oral presentation)
- Communicate effectively with improved spoken English in both classroom discussions and formal presentations
- Understand and use a wide range of appropriate academic language in both oral and written contexts
|Anderson, K., Maclean, J. and Lynch, T. 2004. Study Speaking. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.|
STUDENTS ARE NOT REQUIRED TO BUY THIS BOOK. COPIES/CLASS SETS WILL BE PROVIDED.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||You will develop your understanding of the difference between explanations based on evidence and/or research and other sources, and of the importance of this difference.
You will be able to present and evaluate arguments, information and ideas in your subject area.
You will be able to convey complex ideas in well-structured and coherent form.
You will be able to use a range of forms of communication effectively in both familiar and unfamiliar contexts.
You will be able exercise some initiative and independence in carrying out defined activities.
You will be able to accept supervision in less familiar areas of work.
Attributes take from the SCQF Framework Level Descriptors at:
||Students wishing to enrol on the course MUST contact the Visiting Student Office. Further, to avoid disappointment, students are recommended to do this the Monday or Tuesday before the start of the course as the courses fill up very quickly and places are very limited. Please note you must register for these courses considerably earlier than other courses in the University.
|Keywords||English for Academic Purposes,Presentation,Discussion,Text analysis,Vocabulary,Research
|Course organiser||Miss Agnes Young
Tel: (0131 6)50 9419
|Course secretary||Ms Kameliya Skerleva
Tel: (0131 6)51 1855