module specification

OEL067 - Advanced English for Masters Studies (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18
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
164 hours Guided independent study
36 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Oral Examination 40%   Oral presentation
Coursework 60%   Essay-type course work
Running in 2017/18
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Spring semester North Wednesday Morning
Autumn semester North Wednesday Morning

Module summary

This module is designed for Masters’ 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.

Module aims

This module aims to help students to:

  • develop an advanced knowledge of academic English
  • develop advanced presentation skills
  • demonstrate the correct use of a wide range of grammar
  • write clear, well-structured texts about complex subjects
  • present information effectively
  • identify and use appropriate register in written and oral texts
  • understand the issue of plagiarism and how to avoid it


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 oral presentation skills.

Learning and teaching

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.


Bailey, S. (2014) Academic Writing: A Handbook for International Students 

Day, T. (2013) Success in Academic Writing

Ebbs, P. (2015) Presentation Skills: The Ultimate Guide to Delivering the Perfect Presentation

Emden, J. and Becker, L. (2010) Presentation Skills for Students

Hashemi, L. and Murphy, R. (2012) English Grammar in Use: Supplementary Exercises with Answers

Liraz, M. (2013) How to Deliver Powerful Presentations: A Step by Step Guide to Improving Your Presentation Skills

Osmond, A. (2015) Academic Writing and Grammar for Students

Swales, J. and Feak, C. (2012) Academic Writing for Graduate Students: Essential Skills and Tasks