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Unit information: Advanced English Language Studies in 2016/17

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Unit name Advanced English Language Studies
Unit code LANG14011
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Miss. Lisa Hanson
Open unit status Open




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

Description including Unit Aims

This unit is designed for non-native speakers of English at C1/C2 levels who wish to develop their English language communication skills further. Within the theme of ‘Roots and Routes’, we will consider issues of language and identity through reading, discussion and linguistic analysis of core texts. You will be given the opportunity to improve your oral English through discussion and presentations, and your written English through the production and revision of written texts. Overall, the unit seeks to consolidate competence in the analysis and communicative use of English.

Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate improved communicative competence in grammar, vocabulary and style.
  2. Analyse the content, language and style of a range of different texts (oral and written).
  3. Demonstrate more confident, effective oral communication
  4. Demonstrate more effective written communication.

Teaching Information

You have two hours per week contact time in the classroom in a group of up to 16 students. As this is a 20-credit unit, you are expected to do 200 hours of study during the unit. You will study grammar and vocabulary independently as well as preparing set tasks for the following class and revising for assessments. The classes are very interactive and you will be expected to take an active part in small group work throughout the unit.

Assessment Information

Final examination: 40% (ILOs 1,2)

  • Unseen extracts from texts with comprehension and language exercises
  • Language, vocabulary and style exercises from extracts of core texts

Oral coursework: 30% (ILO 3)

  • formative mini presentations
  • assessed paired presentation

Written coursework: 30% (ILOs 1,4)

  • Two drafts of a written text with evidence of revisions based on work done in class.

Reading and References

Foley, H. & D, Hall (2012) MyGrammarLab Advanced C1/C2. Harlow: Pearson.