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Undergraduate Course: Foundation English for Academic Purposes 1 Plus (LLLG07127)

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 Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryFEAP 1 Plus is designed for students who have already met the English language requirements for entry to an Undergraduate degree at The University of Edinburgh. It therefore aims to enhance students' academic English language and literacy skills to the point where they can participate beyond expectation and more equipped to respond to the academic demands of their programme in Year 1 of an undergraduate programme of study. Students will learn how to read, write, listen and speak more effectively in an academic context. They will encounter and produce various spoken and written text types, learning about language conventions of genre, focusing on the required vocabulary, grammar and academic discourse, as well as and learning how to analyse arguments and working on their critical reading, writing and thinking abilities.
Course description FEAP 1 Plus is designed for students who have already met the English language requirements for entry to an Undergraduate degree at The University of Edinburgh. It therefore aims to enhance students' academic English language and literacy skills to the point where they can participate beyond expectation and more equipped to respond to the academic demands of their programme in Year 1 of an undergraduate programme of study. In vocabulary, students will encounter, interact with, and produce academic language in a range of different mediums. In reading, they will be introduced to texts of various types, learning how recognise arguments and beginning to critique them and also working with a number of reading strategies to help them process meaning. In writing, there will be a focus on teaching students to analyse arguments and deduce conclusions, using source material to support their ideas and adhering to academic conventions, such as citation and referencing. In speaking, students will learn how to use effective and independent communication skills in a variety of contexts, such as seminars and small group-based work. This skill-based work is underpinned by an introduction to critical thinking at UK universities. Throughout the course, there will be a specific focus on enhancing their language and literacy skills with academic discourse in both spoken and written contexts, encouraging them not only to work with the language conventions of genre but to be aware of how they can best understand and use language to convey complex meaning.

Classes of an hour and a half will take place four times a week, with one day a week focusing on vocabulary and the other three days a week focusing on reading and writing. Students will be taught in small groups. They will be expected to work in a number of ways and discussion tasks - where students are expected to speak and give their views - will be frequent and form a key role in developing their interactive speaking skills in an academic context.

Students will be assessed via the following assessments, which relate to the learning outcomes (LOs of the course)

Guided source-based essay (1000 words) - formative (feeds forward to the summative source-based essay) - relates to LOs 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

Annotated bibliography - 25% (provides practice in summarising, evaluating and citation and referencing and sources will be used in the summative source based-essay) - relates to LOs 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5
Source-based essay (1000 words) - 55% - relates to LOs 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5
Weekly/bi-weekly Vocabulary Quizzes - 20% - Relates to LOs 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

The course is designed to allow students to respond to new learning they acquire as they progress through FEAP 1 and 2. Through the above schedule of assessments, students should have the opportunity to review and revise their work in response to targeted, timely, individualised feedback on their language use, as well as their usage of appropriate academic discourse. By the time they reach the final summative source-based essay, students should have had the opportunity to practise the required knowledge and skills they need to approach the tasks with a degree of confidence.

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Show awareness of academic discourse features in literacy and speaking, such as connective language and reporting verbs.
  2. Use strategies, and begin to use criticality, to read and write academic texts.
  3. Integrate academic literature and express ideas from sources in a discussion essay.
  4. Structure coherent pieces of academic writing.
  5. Show awareness of academic conventions.
Reading List
Essential:

Bailey, S. (2018) Academic Writing: A Handbook for International Students (5th Edition), Oxford: Routledge
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: http://www.sqa.org.uk/files_ccc/SCQF-LevelDescriptors.pdf
Keywordsvocabulary,grammar,reading,writing,listening,speaking,academic discourse and conventions
Contacts
Course organiserMiss Jill Haldane
Tel: (0131 6) 51 1186
Email: Jill.Haldane@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMr John Ethcuit
Tel: (0131 6)50 3409
Email: jethcuit@exseed.ed.ac.uk
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