module specification

OEL067 - Advanced English for Masters Studies (2020/21)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2020/21
Module title Advanced English for Masters Studies
Module level Masters (07)
Credit rating for module 20
School Guildhall School of Business and Law
Total study hours 200
36 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
0 hours Assessment Preparation / Delivery
164 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Oral Examination 40%   Oral presentation
Coursework 60%   Essay-type course work
Running in 2020/21
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Autumn semester North Wednesday Morning
Spring semester North Wednesday Morning

Module summary

This module is designed for Master’s students to advance their academic English language.  The module focuses on improving students’ English language skills in academic writing and reading as well as oral presentation. There is also a focus on enhancing their English language accuracy.


The module will cover areas such as advanced academic writing skills and grammar (e.g. reading and summarising relevant information, integrating source material in their writing, proofreading, referencing, paraphrasing, avoiding plagiarism, punctuation, cohesion and coherence, direct vs. indirect speech, active vs. passive mode and formal vs. informal style) as well as oral presentation skills. LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

The module uses a combination of face to face lectures, tutorials, interactive tasks and formal students’ presentations. A range of individual, pair and group activities are used while students are engaged with the lecture topics and tasks.
Lessons include elements of blended learning, are interactive in nature and students are encouraged to contribute to them.
Use of Weblearn for lectures, readings, tasks and links to resources is practised.
Learning occurs in dependent, guided and independent modes.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:

1. write about complex subjects in clear, advanced  and well-structured texts in an appropriate academic style by following academic conventions
2. express themselves fluently in presentations and discussions
3. demonstrate the correct use of a wide range of grammar
4. present information effectively

Assessment strategy

There are two assessed components in this module, a 10-minute individual presentation and a 2000 word coursework/essay (e.g. assignment in the form of an essay, article, report or proposal).
The first assignment serves both summative and formative purposes because oral and written feedback provided to the students help them with their performance and learning on the module.
The assessment strategy for this model includes both formative and summative modes.
There are other sources of formative assessment available throughout the module, for example feedback is given on:  
1. the choice and preparation for the presentation
2. the choice and preparation for the coursework/essay
3. students’ performance in lectures/seminar tasks
Summative feedback is given via:
• Feedback on presentations
• Feedback on essays


Core Text:
Swales, J. and Feak, C. (2012) Academic writing for graduate students: essential skills and  tasks. 3rd edn. Ann Arbour: University of Michigan Press.

Other texts:
Bailey, S. (2015) Academic writing: a handbook for international students. 4th edn. Oxford:  Routledge.
Day, T. (2013) Success in academic writing. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Ebbs, P. (2015) Presentation skills: the ultimate guide to delivering the perfect presentation.  n.p.
Emden, J. and Becker, L. (2010) Presentation skills for students. 2nd edn. Basingstoke: Palgrave  Macmillan.
Hashemi, L. and Murphy, R. (2012) English grammar in use: supplementary exercises with  answers. Cambridge: CUP.
Liraz, M. (2013) How to deliver powerful presentations: a step by step guide to improving your  presentation skills. n.p.
Osmond, A. (2015) Academic Writing and Grammar for Students. 2nd edn. London: Sage.