module specification

OEL002 - English Language Proficiency (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18
Module title English Language Proficiency
Module level Level 4/5/6 (99)
Credit rating for module 30
School Guildhall School of Business and Law
Total study hours 300
81 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
219 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Unseen Examination 15%   In-class test
Unseen Examination 15%   In-class test
Practical Examination 20%   Oral presentation
Coursework 50%   Coursework 2,000 words
Running in 2017/18
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Year North Monday Afternoon

Module summary

This module is designed to advance the students’ English language skills to Proficiency level for their academic study and to develop their reading comprehension and their analytical expertise. There is an emphasis on lexical development and autonomous learning.

Prior learning requirements

OEL001 EASE test 50+

Module aims

Students will:
•     develop their knowledge of academic English in relation to their studies
•    develop their advanced reading, writing and speaking proficiency;
• demonstrate the correct use of a wide range of vocabulary ,phrases and expressions
• Be able to express themselves fluently and relate their contribution to other speakers
• write clear, well-structured texts about complex subjects
• understand long factual  and literary texts
• present information effectively to a given audience


Lexis and phrasing

Students are expected to study and use appropriately:

Common idioms, phrasal verbs, similes and metaphor; word building – prefixes, suffixes and compound adjectives; collocations, phrasing; a variety of registers; antonyms, synonyms and neologisms

Language structure

The following will be discussed and applied in a number of contexts:

• Sequence of tenses in short texts
• Clauses: purpose and reason, defining and non-defining
• Standard punctuation
• Direct and reported speech
• Use of countable and uncountable nouns
• Conditional forms
• Syntax and aspect in short texts

Reading and writing:

Students will be introduced to a number of texts from a variety of sources. They will:

• select and summarise relevant information in response to tasks
• identify global and specific information
• identify cultural inferences, digression and purpose in given texts
• select evidence to support a viewpoint
• integrate source material in their writing; write in a variety of registers including academic English
• write for a number of purposes: reports, letters, proposals etc.;
• proofread


The emphasis in the module is both on authentic listening and controlled practice. Students will:

• select information from a range of sources in order to complete tasks
• differentiate between global and specific information
• take and reconstitute notes

Spoken English

students will :

• practise taking equal turns in academic discussion, listening to others and giving and receiving information.
• identify and correct their own weak pronunciation sounds;
• organise informal and formal debates; elicit opinions; report opinions; analyse the issues and contribute to group discussion.
• apply appropriate register in a variety of tasks

Learning and teaching

The module is delivered through a blended learning approach, combining class contact time with online and other resources. Use of the VLE is embedded in the students’ learning so that they can complete their guided study tasks and collaborate in research and group tasks. Students are expected to read widely and to follow individual lines of literary and specialist interest. They are responsible for completing a series of directed formative tasks designed to improve their speaking, reading and writing ability.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:
A. Demonstrate an understanding of  the methods and conventions of summary and paraphrase , write and comprehend texts and use a variety of vocabulary at CEFR C2 level
B. Present a given topic and demonstrate competency in spoken English proficiency
C. Use appropriate register in written work, demonstrate the conventions of academic referencing and strategies for avoiding plagiarism
D. Research a given topic using electronic and paper based  resources
E. Use critical thinking to analyse texts and evaluate sources

Assessment strategy

Assessment is designed to test the level of the students’ competency in the learning outcomes listed above:
Class tests: Learning outcome ( A)
Coursework: Individual written assignment in the form of an essay, article, report or proposal (C,D,E)
Individual presentations (B)
Formative feedback is conducted through class tests and homework


Oxford Advanced Learners’ Dictionary
Capel A, Sharpe W, 2011 Cambridge Objective Proficiency CUP
Gude K et alia 2008 Proficiency Masterclass Oxford