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Unit information: Text Response in 2022/23

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Unit name Text Response
Unit code LANG00010
Credit points 30
Level of study QCA-3
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Miss. Newton
Open unit status Not open
Units you must take before you take this one (pre-requisite units)

IELTS: minimum 5.5 overall; minimum 5.0 in Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing components or equivalent

Units you must take alongside this one (co-requisite units)


Units you may not take alongside this one
School/department Centre for Academic Language and Development
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Unit Information

Text Response is a 30-credit unit within the International Foundation Programme which is designed to prepare international students for undergraduate study in the UK. It is one of a number of complementary units whose overall aims are to improve the language, academic literacy and subject knowledge required to succeed at a British university.

Text Response aims to develop reading, listening and speaking skills and strategies, as well as critical questioning and academic vocabulary. Skills developed include summarising, analysing and evaluating texts, and responding critically to them in writing and orally through seminars and presentations. It complements written work done in Academic Writing to improve the students' overall academic literacy.

Your learning on this unit

At the end of this unit students will be able to:

1. Recognise and recall the meaning of words from the New Academic Word List (Browne, Culligan, Phillips, 2013)

2. Use a range of strategies for unpacking meaning of academic texts and lectures;

3. Distinguish fact from opinion;

4. Write critical reviews including description and evaluation;

5. Prepare and deliver effective academic presentations and reflect critically on performance.

How you will learn

Students will attend 5 hours of study per week. Learning is facilitated in small group sessions. Individual and group-based work is integrated as appropriate. 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.

How you will be assessed

Formative assessment:

  • Portfolio consisting of a collection of classroom work and reflection on which students will receive peer and tutor-led feedback
  • Individual presentation (8-10 minutes). Peer and tutor-led feedback.
  • Small group poster presentation (12-15 minutes). Peer and tutor-led feedback.

Summative assessment:

  • Comparative Critical Response (1,500 words) (40%) ILOs 1, 2, 3, 4
  • Oral claim of development (15 minutes) (60%) based on evidence from a developmental portfolio. ILOs, 1, 2, 3, 5


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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.