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Undergraduate Course: English for Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics (LLLG07118)

Course Outline
SchoolCentre for Open Learning CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 7 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits0 ECTS Credits0
SummaryThis four-week full-time course is the final course of our 10-week suite of EAP Pre-sessional courses. It is for international/overseas students wanting to improve their academic English skills in
preparation for entry to language-related postgraduate degree programmes, usually within Moray House School of Education, CAHSS, University of Edinburgh.
Course description 1) Academic Description

This pre-sessional EAP course forms the third and final course of ELE's suite of Pre-sessional courses. It is one of five final English for Specific Academic Purposes courses for international students who have either completed EAP2 or who have already met the English language requirement and hold unconditional offers for a postgraduate degree (normally PGT) programme at the University of Edinburgh. ELTAL is the appropriate course for students proceeding to Masters in TESOL and Language Teaching.
ELTAL provides opportunities to carry out in a supported environment academic tasks typically required in the aforementioned taught masters programmes: selecting and evaluating academic sources in the composition of a written assignment comprising a critical review of a journal article of the student's choice, using peer and tutor feedback on a first draft to produce a revised final draft; preparing and delivering a 10-minute individual oral presentation based on the article selected for critical review, and handling questions; listening to other students' presentations, responding with questions, and providing peer feedback; listening to and taking notes from lectures and responding critically to their content in discussion; reading and taking notes from journal articles and book chapters, and responding critically to their content in discussion; and working with a partner or group to research, prepare and present a paper at a morning-long conference on the final day of the course, and respond to questions; attending colleagues' presentations at said conference and responding with questions.
All Pre-sessional students undertake three summative assessments during the course: Reading-into-Writing, in the form of an 1800 word source-based written assignment; Speaking, in the form of a ten-minute individual oral presentation to the class followed by Q&A; and Listening in the form of a short dictation test.
Key aims of the Pre-sessional courses are the development of student autonomy and transferability of the skills taught to the students' future study contexts.

2) Outline of Content

Work on academic writing involves classes and materials offering advice on structuring the sections of the target text, citation practices, argumentation and criticality, and documenting
references. Students write up the assignment over three weeks outside of class time, and receive formative feedback on a complete first draft before writing up the final draft in semi-exam conditions, supervised by class tutors before submitting it electronically for summative assessment.
Following from the work in EAP2, class work on Presentation Skills is provided, based on further material adapted from Study Speaking by Kenneth Anderson, Joan Maclean and Tony Lynch (Cambridge University Press, 2004), in preparation for the summatively assessed Individual Presentations during weeks 2-4.
The Guest Lectures involve the lectures themselves, in which students take notes and are encouraged to ask questions, and follow-up tutor-led classes where students compare their notes, evaluate their performance in following the lecture and discuss issues relating to the content.
Students take practice listening tests prior to the formal listening assessment (a short dictation test) which takes place in Week 3.
In the final week, students work in pairs/groups to research, prepare and present conference papers on a topic of their choice related to language / language teaching / language and culture. The introductory session includes a brief introduction to research methods. The conference itself simulates a 'real' conference, with a programme of concurrent sessions (divided by topic into distinct threads) from which students select the sessions they would like to attend. Staff from MHSE who will be working with the students on their Masters programmes are invited to attend.

3) Student Learning Experience

The course is delivered by three groups of staff: a course director and a deputy course director, who are responsible for the operational management of the course; course tutors, who work with two classes of up to fourteen students; and guest lecturers (principally from Moray House School of Education) who give lectures on topics related to language and language teaching of relevance and interest to students embarking on postgraduate studies in these fields.
After an orientation morning, students spend most of each teaching day in class groups with tutors, practising academic language and skills and receiving feedback, and discussing the Guest Lectures and selected readings. Each class group has two tutors, one for the academic writing component and for Group Project preparation, and one for Presentation Skills, Guest Lectures and topic-based Reading sessions. There are also four Guest Lectures.
Students receive written formative feedback on the first draft of their Written Assignment, and peer and teacher feedback on practice presentations, and formal summative assessment of their final Written Assignment submission and performance in their Individual Presentation.
Each student participates in one small group tutorial with their class tutor, to discuss their progress and how they can address their continuing needs to develop their academic English skills.
There is a further lecture providing information about services offered by EUSA.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Students are normally expected to bring their own laptops or tablets for researching and writing up their critical review and their conference presentation.
No additional fees; student receive standard allowance of print credit.
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Research and write an 1800 word critical review of a journal article relevant to their specialist area drawing on appropriately selected and integrated academic source material, and making effective use of peer and tutor formative feedback on drafts
  2. Research, prepare and effectively deliver a 10-minute individual oral presentation and respond appropriately to questions
  3. Work successfully with (a) partner(s) to research, prepare and present a conference paper, responding effectively to questions
  4. Work successfully with (a) partner(s) to research, prepare and present a conference paper, responding effectively to questions
  5. Progress onto their Edinburgh degree programme with confidence in their EAP skills.
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Enquiry and lifelong learning; aspiration and personal development; outlook and engagement; research and enquiry; personal and intellectual autonomy; personal effectiveness; communication
Course organiserMr Anthony Elloway
Tel: (0131 6)50 6200
Course secretaryMs Kameliya Skerleva
Tel: (0131 6)51 1855
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