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Unit information: Accelerated Academic Language and Literacy in 2021/22

Unit name Accelerated Academic Language and Literacy
Unit code LANG00023
Credit points 40
Level of study QCA-3
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Miss. Newton
Open unit status Not open

IELTS overall 7.0, minimum 5.5 in Speaking, Listening and Reading components, minimum 6.0 in the Writing component



School/department Centre for Academic Language and Development
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

This is a 40-credit unit within the International Foundation Programme which is designed to prepare international students for undergraduate study at a UK university and is aimed at students with a minimum B2+ level of English.
The unit aims to develop students' academic language and literacy through problem based learning using an integrated skills approach, focusing on reading, writing, listening and speaking, as well as appropriate academic vocabulary and grammar. To prepare students for the study culture of UK higher education, there is a focus on critical thinking and the social construction of knowledge through the critical analysis of tasks centred around the Bristol Futures themes and texts, which students will respond to in a variety of oral and written formats. This will be done through group-based activities to develop team-working skills, as well as through individual tasks to promote learner autonomy. In addition, students will be guided to critically reflect on their own learning and their ability to engage with a range of written and spoken texts.

Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of the unit, students will be able to:
1. Research a topic by reading linguistically complex academic texts
2. Critically evaluate the effectiveness of a linguistically complex written text
3. Synthesise information from two or more academic texts
4. Use appropriate tone and register when writing academic texts
5. Give a presentation on an academic topic in their field of specialisation,using linguistically complex language
6. Critically evaluate the effectiveness and appropriateness of a presentation

Teaching Information

Students will attend 7 hours of study per week. Learning is facilitated in small group classroom sessions involving a combination of teacher-led input, combined with practical, problem-based work. In addition to a range of authentic texts, use will be made of appropriate e-learning technologies for self-study and self-assessment as well as work in class.

Assessment Information

Formative assessment:

  • Portfolio consisting of a collection of classroom work and reflection on which students will receive peer and tutor-led feedback

Summative assessment:

  • Written report (1,500-2,000 words) (40%) ILOs 1, 2, 3, 4
  • Oral claim of development (15mins) (60%) based on evidence from a developmental portfolio. ILOs 1, 2, 3, 5, 6


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

See the Faculty workload statement relating to this unit for more information.

The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.