module specification

OEL063 - English for Work and Study (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18
Module title English for Work and Study
Module level Level 4/5/6 (99)
Credit rating for module 15
School Guildhall School of Business and Law
Total study hours 150
45 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
105 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
In-Course Test 30%   Written task (800 words)
Coursework 30%   Written task (1,000 words)
Practical Examination 40%   Presentation
Running in 2017/18 No instances running in the year

Module summary

This module provides input on key issues of English language literacy which are directly related to employability and professional and academic communication. Students compile a portfolio of their work on chosen tasks from the module content and receive formative and summative feedback

Prior learning requirements

Level B1 (CEFR) in English

Module aims

This module will:
• improve students’ accuracy in spoken and written English language
• improve their understanding and use of register in written and spoken communication by introducing authentic workplace writing tasks and everyday personal interaction scenarios
• develop transferable skills: effective spoken expression and clear and concise written expression by using standard formats for a range of academic and professional purposes including the job application procedure
• guide students to make their own academic and business documents
• require them to participate in practical speaking activities and seminars in which they will evaluate and correct tone and phrasing
• create a forum for students to match their skills against those which are required in the job market and in professional practice, and remedy weaknesses


Notional /functional scenarios within which language is investigated include: preparing personal information for job applications; interviews; small group meetings for specific purposes; addressing large groups; planning correspondence and responding to it – email etiquette; report writing and writing for specific purposes; public debate and presenting a point of view; academic writing

                          Reading and writing: students will complete the following tasks
•  Write answers to academic tasks
• Write an effective covering letter for a given job role
• Write an agenda  and take simple minutes of a meeting using given information
• Edit written texts, including web copy, for accuracy and expression
• Reply to correspondence in appropriate register on given issues
• Complete a report with given information

Speaking: students will complete the following tasks:
• Take part in formal group debate on a given issue
• Give a presentation on an agreed issue using appropriate visual aids

Learning and teaching

The module is delivered by blended learning: classes are supported with on-line tasks and other resources. A task based/problem based approach is used. Students work both in small groups and individually and have opportunities for reflection following feedback sessions and tutorials throughout the course.  Students are responsible for reading widely and investigating the context of their tasks; they are responsible for taking an active part in class and seminar and integrating formative feedback and reflection into their final submissions.

Learning outcomes

Students will be able to:

A. write clear, concise and accurate text for a variety of academic and workplace purposes
B. proofread, summarise and edit academic and professional documents
C. organise and present  information for a professional and/or academic context
D. participate in formal and informal presentations, seminars, meetings and debates

Assessment strategy

The coursework assesses outcomes A and B and the oral presentation assesses outcomes C and D


Oxford Learners’ Dictionary
Barker A, 1999 Writing at Work The Industrial Society
Murphy R, 2009 English Grammar in Use CUP
Seely S, 2005 Oxford Guide to Effective Writing and Speaking OUP
Swan M, 2003 Practical English Usage Oxford
Widdicombe C, 1994 Group Meetings that Work St Pauls Press

On –Line resources
BBC Learn English