EF0126 - Academic Language Skills in FADSS Level 7

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SYNOPSIS OF MODULE

The purpose of this module is to develop the participant’s ability in study skills and English language skills for academic purposes.

The module is designed to develop the participants as independent learners. The module is supported by a teaching and learning plan which outlines the formal sessions, together with the tutor-directed study and independent reading. An interactive approach to seminars will draw upon the directed learning undertaken and participants’ own experience of study skills. Directed learning will centre upon a range of activities including pre-reading, preparation for interactive activities and use of the discussion board on the e-learning platform.
Independent learning will focus upon the participants identifying those skills which they need to develop and understand through a range of learning activities that might include extended reading, and reflection. The sessions will attempt to follow the principles set out by the CEM model (Sloan and Porter, 2008)

INDICATIVE READING LIST OR OTHER RESOURCES

Billingham, J. 2002 Editing and Revising Text Oxford: Oxford University Press

Billingham, J. 2002 Giving Presentations Oxford: Oxford University Press

Cox, K., Hill, D. 2004 EAP Now! French Forest NSW : Pearson Longman

Fisher, A. 2001 Critical Thinking: an introduction. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Kelly, T., Nesi, H. and Revell, R. 2000 ease (Vol 1) Listening to Lectures. Coventry: University of Warwick

Konstant, T. 2002 Speed reading in a week. London: Hodder and Stoughton

Oshima, A. and Hogue, 1997. A. Introduction to Academic Writing White Plains, N.Y.:Addison Wesley Longman

Seely, J. 2002 Writing Reports. Oxford: Oxford University Press

Swan, M. 2000. Practical English Usage. Oxford: Oxford University Press

Wallace, J.M. 2003 Study Skills. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Woodward-Kron, R.,Thomson, E. and Meek, J.. Academic writing: a language based approach: An interactive CD-ROM to teach academic writing. McQuarrie University NSW: NCELTR Publications

OUTLINE SYLLABUS

Understanding module assignments
Writing reports for assignments
Using the Harvard system of referencing
Understanding and avoiding Plagiarism
Developing critical thinking skills
Examination techniques
Dissertation Writing Skills
Listening skills for lectures
Speed reading techniques
Describing access and ethical issues
Describing your chosen methodology
Producing a research Proposal
Understanding and writing the Chapters of a Dissertation
Describing arguments and making proposals
Evaluating Research Objectives
Describing bias and limitations of research
Writing reflective statements
Reflective Writing

AIMS OF MODULE

1-To develop students’ ability to write more effectively for academic purposes.
2-To develop students’ ability to use source material effectively.
3-To develop students ability to participate in seminars more effectively

LEARNING OUTCOMES

1. To know the conventions of academic writing and incorporate these into their own work
2. Write effectively, and accurately within an academic context
3. Assess their strengths and weaknesses regarding academic study skills and language skills and identify strategies that can be used to improve on the identified weaknesses
4. Read critically and use various information sources correctly
5 To develop the skills to critically evaluate in the context of assignments and the Dissertation

PRE-REQUISITES

None

CO-REQUISTES

None

DISTANCE LEARNING DELIVERY

N/A

LEARNING AND TEACHING STRATEGY

The overall aim of this module is to provide participants with knowledge and understanding of academic study skills and related language skills required at a postgraduate level of study.
The module will introduce study skills in the context of their programme and develop the participant’s ability to critically analyse the work of other scholars.
Underpinning this will be an understanding of the requirements of their programme assignments.

The module will develop the participants’ capacity as an independent learner and encourage their analytical abilities. It will involve significant self-directed learning and will test participants learning through tutor led sessions and group work in seminars.

The module is supported by a teaching and learning plan which outlines the formal sessions, together with the tutor-directed study and independent reading. An interactive approach to seminar sessions will draw upon the directed learning undertaken and participants’ own experiences. Throughout, the emphasis will be on high levels of participant participation, both individually and within small groups.

Directed learning will centre upon a range of activities including pre-reading, preparation for interactive activities and use of the discussion board on the e-learning platform.

ASSESSMENT STRATEGY

Formative assessment will take place through group work, discussion, classroom activities and Blackboard discussions.

IMPLICATIONS FOR CHOICE

None

Course info

Credits 0

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 1 year full-time by distance learning

Department Arts

Location Lipman Building, Newcastle City Campus

City Newcastle

Start September 2018

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