module specification

IF3101 - Foundation English (2019/20)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2019/20
Module status DELETED (This module is no longer running)
Module title Foundation English
Module level Foundation (03)
Credit rating for module 30
School School of Social Professions
Total study hours 300
81 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
9 hours Assessment Preparation / Delivery
210 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 20%   Individual Study Log
In-Course Test 20% 40 Unseen Reading test
In-Course Test 20% 40 Unseen Writing test
Oral Examination 20% 40 In-class Speaking test
In-Course Test 20% 40 Unseen Listening test
Running in 2019/20

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Year North Thursday Afternoon
Year North Thursday Morning

Module summary

- to develop the students competence and confidence in the use of the four language skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening
- to enable students to communicate effectively with their peers and fellow and teachers
- to accustomise students with the conventions and the practices of academic English
- to develop students’ vocabulary, grammar  and academic English in relation to their chosen subject pathways

Prior learning requirements

IELTS 4.5 in all 4 skills


Writing in English: including planning, structuring and writing assignments; writing summaries and paraphrasing; using linking and signalling devices; improving syntax and paragraph structure, developing grammar and vocabulary, writing in an academic register. 
- Reading in English: including techniques of skimming for general impression; scanning for detailed information; prediction and ascertaining meaning from context, identifying non from academic registers.
- Speaking in English: including developing clear, comprehensible and appropriate communication for an academic context; pronunciation, stress and intonation
- Listening in English: listening for gist, listening for detail, listening & writing simultaneously in an academic environment, prediction, interpreting language signals.

Learning Outcomes LO1 - LO6

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

The module is delivered through a range of different methods including lectures, tutorials, workshops, individual work, pair work, small group work, seminar-based discussions, and on-line materials.

There will also be regular opportunities for students to have one-to-one contact with their tutor.

Students will be expected to appraise and comment on their own and other students' work and to produce both oral and written work regularly. The Individual Study Log assessment requires students to reflect on and assess their own progress and development on a weekly basis, and to take responsibility for their own learning.

Taught class sessions: 27 x 3 hour sessions.
Teacher input: with individuals, pairs, small groups.

Independent guided student input Individual or group study outside the class (219 hours)

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate their fluency and understanding of spoken standard and academic English.
2. Produce coherent writing in clear, comprehensible English for different academic purposes.
3. Read a range of texts in order to extract information and for learning purposes.
4. Plan and deliver short structured individual presentations that are appropriate for academic settings.
5. Demonstrate an ability to reflect on and assess their progress as language learners.
6. Show that an independent use can be made of the resources in the Language Centre.

Assessment strategy

Formative assessment will take place consistently throughout the module in the form of continuous feedback on: regular classroom-based progress tests, written work: spelling, punctuation, accuracy of grammar, vocabulary, register, reading and listening comprehension; Individual Study Logs

Summative assessment:

- An individual study log (20%) consisting of a number of weekly language learning and reflective tasks submitted to the VLE.
- Unseen Reading test  20%, week 30
- Unseen Writing test 20%, week 30
- Speaking test  20%, week 27-28
- Unseen Listening test 20%, week 30


Gillet A. (2005) Using English for Academic Purposes - A Guide for International Students
Longman Language Activator (2006) [Pearson: Harlow, Essex]
Oshima, A and Hogue, A (2006) Writing Academic English, 4th Edition [Pearson/Longman]
Bailey, S (2011) Academic Writing: A Handbook for International Students [Routledge]
McCarthy, M (2008) Academic Vocabulary in Use with Answers [Cambridge University Press]
Schmidt, D (2011) Focus on Vocabulary 2, Mastering the Academic Word List, [Pearson/Longman]
Philpott, S (2007) Academic Skills,  Reading and Writing and Study Skills [Oxford]        
Purdue University, Online Writing Lab,