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Undergraduate Course: Academic Reading and Writing (LLLG07149)

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 course forms part of the Post-Graduate Pre-Sessional English Programme for Semester 1 and is taken in conjunction with 'Academic Listening and Speaking' and 'Study Skills and Reflection'. PGPEP offers you a unique opportunity to strengthen the academic language and skills you will need to successfully transition to your chosen postgraduate degree programme.

'Academic Reading and Writing' builds essential skills you need for postgraduate study. You will learn how to approach reading and writing more critically and understand better what is required on a postgraduate programme in the UK. During the course you will work towards completing a short source-based essay.

The course will be organised by topic, based around the provided coursebook, reflecting the wide range of disciplines offered by the University.
Course description Academic Reading and Writing will help you develop your essential academic reading and writing skills. You will learn how to approach reading academic texts; how to write clear, and appropriate English for academic contexts; how to take effective notes from, summarise and reflect on reading and research. You will learn to use reading and writing in ways that you will need for postgraduate study at the University of Edinburgh. The course will foster your ability to study autonomously, and help you begin to understand how to apply a critical approach in your studies. 'Academic Reading and Writing' will, therefore, provide a strong foundation in general academic and language skills. This will enable you to progress on to semester 2 with confidence, where you will have the opportunity to apply and further develop these skills in a more specialised context.

You will receive regular feedback on your writing both from your class teacher and your peers.

In addition, Academic Reading and Writing will provide a focus on a range of features of written academic discourse, and academic skills and strategies. These may include the following:

Reading for main ideas, support and detail
Identifying purpose, genre and audience
Identifying and understanding key vocabulary
Evaluating claims
Evaluating suitability of content for citation
Summarising, paraphrasing and synthesising

These elements are not exhaustive: you will have a lot of other work to do on the course.

You will attend interactive classes, involving active discussion and collaborative tasks. On some days you will have small-group or individual tutorials to reflect on and discuss your learning with your teacher.

You will also be given regular homework tasks, including preparatory reading for class activities, writing, researching topics, preparing for class discussions, and language exercises.

You will receive regular formative feedback from peers and teachers on your performance on all classwork, submissions, and your end-of-semester Reading-into-Writing assessment.

In order to make progress, you will need to engage fully and actively in all the learning activities, including completing homework tasks, reflecting on and responding to feedback, and doing additional independent study, seeking advice from your teacher when necessary.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Please contact the School directly for a breakdown of Learning and Teaching Activities
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) The course is formatively assessed by means of a Reading into Writing essay. This is a more scaffolded version of the summative assessment used in Semester 2.

There is no summative assessment of the Semester 1 Programme.
Feedback Students receive regular formative feedback / feed-forward on short pieces of writing as well as on their final formative essay.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Read effectively to identify and understand key information in academic texts
  2. Write a short academic essay (750 words) in which the organisation and argument are clear and supported by appropriate references to sources
  3. Use grammar and vocabulary more accurately, both to express and to recognise meaning
  4. Think more critically in an academic context
Reading List
All the materials used for delivery of the course are provided and included in the course fee, including course textbook:
Westbrook. C., Baker, L. and Sowton, C. 2021. Unlock Level 3 Reading, Writing & Critical Thinking. 2nd Ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


You may find the following publications helpful as additional resources for your studies:
Gillet, A. Hammond, A. and Martala, M. 2009. Inside Track to Successful Academic Writing. Harlow: Longman.
Paterson, K. 2013. Oxford Grammar for EAP. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills There is an explicit focus on the University's Graduate Attributes throughout the PGPEP Programme, encouraging the development of autonomy, criticality and reflexivity:
Enquiry and lifelong learning
Aspiration and personal development
Outlook and engagement
Research and enquiry
Personal and intellectual autonomy
Personal effectiveness
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserMr Thomas Pritchard
Tel: (0131 6)51 1189
Course secretaryMs Kameliya Skerleva
Tel: (0131 6)51 1855
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