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Undergraduate Course: Academic English for Visiting Students 1 (AEVS1) (ENAI07012)

Course Outline
SchoolCentre for Open Learning CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 7 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryAEVS1 is designed to raise your English language and study skills to the point where you are able to participate fully in courses offered on your Visiting or Exchange programme. There are five principal strands: listening and note-taking; reading and text analysis; discussion skills; academic writing and presentation skills.
Course description AEVS1 is a course in English for Academic Purposes (EAP) for Visiting Students. It is designed to raise your English language and study skills to the point where you are able to participate fully in courses offered on your Visiting or Exchange programme. There are five principal strands: listening and note-taking; reading and text analysis; discussion skills; academic writing and presentation skills.

In the listening and note-taking strand you will identify problems associated with listening to lectures, consider different note-taking techniques, and look at a series of strategies you can use to improve your listening and note-taking, such as predicting, monitoring, responding, clarifying and making inferences. You will also discuss differences between spoken and written English.

In the academic writing strand you will learn how to sequence information effectively, and how to structure coherent and cohesive arguments in English. You will also learn how to integrate source materials into your writing to support your own ideas, and how to critically evaluate the work of others.

The reading and text analysis strand also focuses on criticality; how to distinguish fact from opinion and ways in which an author's background, purposes for writing and basic assumptions can affect the text and the reader. You will learn to approach texts cautiously, with an awareness of the linguistic and rhetorical techniques used by writers to make their academic arguments.

The discussion and presentation skills strands focus on facilitating and improving your ability to participate effectively in various academic settings, such as a less formal classroom session, involving group discussion, or more formally, when giving an oral presentation.

For both the formative and summative assessments for this course, you are required to prepare a short oral presentation and a written assignment.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Approximately £20 to buy our set textbook: 'Study Speaking' ISBN 978-0521533966. It is not necessary to buy the accompanying audio CD.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesAEVS 1 is designed for students at overall CEFR B2 or IELTS 5.5 - 6.5 level.
All enrolments for AEVS1 are organised by the Visiting Student Office (VSO) in the College of Humanities & Social Science. It is essential that students enrol by 5pm on the Wednesday before the course start date, as places fill up quickly.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  42
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 196 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% coursework

Formative written assessment: a practice comparative critical review of two academic journal articles
Formative oral assessment: a practice ten-minute academic presentation

Summative written assessment: a comparative critical review of two academic journal articles - worth 60% of overall mark
Summative oral assessment: a ten-minute academic presentation - worth 40% of overall mark
Feedback Students will receive individual written feedback after their practice oral presentation, which occurs half-way through the course. They will also have a chance to discuss feedback given with their tutor, with a view to improving their performance before the summative presentation at the end of the course.

Students will receive individual written feedback, via GradeMark, after their practice critical review, which is submitted around half-way through the course. Feedback given will be geared towards allowing the students to improve their performance before submitting the summative critical review at the end of the course.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Write a coherent, well-structured critical review
  2. Understand lecture content to a standard which enables them to take notes as the basis of a presentation to other students
  3. Respond critically to academic journal articles both orally and in writing
  4. Use source material to support their own arguments in academic written form
  5. Communicate adequately with improved spoken English in both classroom discussions and formal presentations
Reading List
Lynch, T and Anderson, K. 2004. Study Speaking. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements 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.
KeywordsListening,Speaking,Reading,Writing,English for Academic Purposes,Working with sources
Course organiserMiss Agnes Young
Tel: (0131 6)50 9419
Course secretaryMs Kameliya Skerleva
Tel: (0131 6)51 1855
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