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Undergraduate Course: Foundation English for Academic Purposes 2 Plus (LLLG07129)

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 Credits15 ECTS Credits7.5
SummaryFEAP2 Plus is designed to build upon the FEAP1 Plus course and is 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 continue 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 continue to learn how to read, write, listen and speak more effectively in an academic context, encountering and producing various spoken and written text types, and learning about language conventions of genre, focusing on the required vocabulary, grammar and academic discourse. They will also continue to work on their critical reading, writing and thinking abilities, in this course learning how to develop and create their own arguments and using academic discourse to convey complex meaning. In speaking, students will be introduced to oral presentation skills and will continue to learn how to use effective and independent communication skills in a variety of contexts.
Course description FEAP2 Plus is designed to build upon the FEAP1 Plus course and is 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 continue 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 continue to 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, the focus will be on teaching students to develop and create their own arguments, using source material to support their ideas and adhering to academic conventions. In speaking, students will be introduced to oral presentation skills and will continue to learn how to use effective and independent communication skills in a variety of contexts. There will be a continued focus on critical thinking at UK universities and students will be encouraged to take a position in relation to arguments. Throughout the course, there will be a continued 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 three times a week, with one day a week focusing on academic discourse, one day focusing on developing oral presentation skills and the other day 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)

Assessment
Practice Oral Presentation (Formative) - LOs 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5
Oral Presentation (35%) - LOs 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5
Weekly/bi-weekly vocabulary quizzes (20%) - LO 1
Source-based essay (2000 words) (45%) - 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. 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.
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. Understand and use a range of academic discourse in literacy and speaking, such as subject-specific language and terminology.
  2. Demonstrate criticality in reading, writing, and speaking.
  3. Synthesise academic literature and critically express ideas from sources in a thesis-led essay.
  4. Integrate academic literature and critically express ideas from sources in an oral presentation.
  5. Understand and use 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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