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ULEN10041 - English Language in Use 1

Description

The course is designed for Manchester's visiting exchange students who are non-native speakers of English, but whose level of English language proficiency falls below that required to gain entry on most other credit-rated English language courses (minimum level of entry = IELTS 6.5) run by the University Language Centre.

This course unit has two broad aims:

  • to introduce and practise the language and the skills needed for successful engagement with the social and academic life of Manchester.
  • to cover a range of essential grammar and vocabulary at the lower advanced level.

The topics covered on the course relate directly to the linguistic needs of visiting students who are at the lower advanced level. They are as follows:

  • key areas of English grammar and vocabulary.
  • language for academic discussions and presentations.
  • written academic English (style, functions, essays, reports and letters).
  • practice in listening to academic English and taking notes.

Students will:

  • develop their English language skills in the four areas of reading, writing, listening and speaking.
  • enhance their knowledge of the language system (grammar).
  • refine their usage of the language.

 

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to:

  • recognise and use a range of grammatical structures and lexical structures.
  • produce a range of non-specific texts.
  • communicate effectively on a variety of topics.
  • show knowledge and competences expected in order to prepare for the Cambridge Advanced Exam (CAE).

By the end of the course, students should be able to perform at Level C1+ of the Common European Framework.

Transferable skills

  • familiar with a range texts including essays, reports, and letters.
  • able to identify key points in texts.
  • able to use knowledge from texts to support and enrich their own writing and presentation skills.
  • better prepared to approach CAE tasks with confidence.

Teaching and learning methods

  • seminars for 3 hours per week which will include a combination of teacher-led activities and student-centred/group learning activities
  • self-study sessions on presentation preparation
  • support material available on Blackboard

Assessment

  • Week 5: Coursework essay (10%)
  • Week 8: Presentation (individual) (10%)
  • Week 12: Four skills-based tests (Listening 20%, Use of English 20%, Reading 20%, Writing 20%)

Nature and timing of feedback

  • Oral feedback given during and after classroom activities
  • Written feedback given on non-assessed written tasks
  • Global feedback given on assessed tasks

Convenor

Jane Bottomley

Taught by

Maria Kluczek

Maximum entry

20

Set texts

Objective Advanced, ISBN: 978-1107657557

Recommended texts

To be announced.

Pathway

ULEN10042 LEAP English in Use 2, or any English course at IELTS level 6.5.

ULEN10042 - English Language in Use 2

  • Credits: 10 credits
  • Level: 1
  • Pre-requisite: IELTS 6.5 or equivalent
  • Co-requisite: Cannot be taken together with ULEN20052
  • Taught during: semester two
  • Timetables: Timetable for the course

Description

The course is designed for Manchester's visiting exchange students who are non-native speakers of English, but whose level of English language proficiency falls below that required to gain entry on most other credit-rated English language courses (minimum level of entry = IELTS 6.5) run by the University Language Centre.

This course unit has two broad aims:

  • to introduce and practise the language and the skills needed for successful engagement with the social and academic life of Manchester.
  • to cover a range of essential grammar and vocabulary at the lower advanced level.

The topics covered on the course relate directly to the linguistic needs of visiting students who are at the lower advanced level. They are as follows:

  • key areas of English grammar and vocabulary.
  • language for academic discussions and presentations.
  • written academic English (style, functions, essays, reports and letters).
  • practice in listening to academic English and taking notes.

Students will:

  • develop their English language skills in the four areas of reading, writing, listening and speaking.
  • enhance their knowledge of the language system (grammar).
  • refine their usage of the language.

 

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to:

  • recognise and use a range of complex grammatical structures and lexical structures.
  • produce a variety of non-specific texts.
  • communicate more effectively on a variety of topics.
  • show knowledge and competences expected in order to pass the Cambridge Advanced Exam (CAE).

By the end of the course, students should be able to perform at Level C2 of the Common European Framework.

Transferable skills

  • familiar with a variety of texts including recognition of opinion, tone and attitude.
  • able to identify key points in texts.
  • able to use knowledge from texts to support and enrich their own writing and presentation skills.
  • approach CAE tasks with confidence.

Teaching and learning methods

  • seminars for 3 hours per week which will include a combination of teacher-led activities and student-centred/group learning activities
  • self-study sessions on presentation preparation
  • support material available on Blackboard

Assessment

  • Week 5: Coursework essay (10%)
  • Week 7/8: Presentation (group) (10%)
  • Week 12: Four skills-based tests (Listening 20%, Use of English 20%, Reading 20%, Writing 20%)

Nature and timing of feedback

  • Oral feedback given during and after classroom activities
  • Written feedback given on non-assessed written tasks
  • Global feedback given on assessed tasks

Convenor

Jane Bottomley

Taught by

Maria Kluczek

Maximum entry

20

Set texts

Objective Advanced, ISBN: 978-1107657557

Recommended texts

To be announced.

Pathway

ULEN10042 LEAP English in Use 2, or any English course at IELTS level 6.5.