Key Facts - Credit-bearing Modules
The ELTC offers English Language credit-bearing modules to ERASMUS and Study Abroad students in both semesters one and two.
The modules are split into 3 areas of English language study:
- English as a Foreign Language (EFL)*
- English Language and Culture (ELC)*
- English for Academic Purposes (EAP)*
- English Language Teaching (ELT) (T)
*All the modules have language as their main aim and most will include the practice of language skills as their main focus. The classes will use a communicative approach to language teaching and encourage students to fully participate in the English language.
The modules includes the aims of:
- the improvement of English language skills in reading, writing, listening, speaking, as well as grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation.
- to provide a topic-based course that focuses on areas on British society and culture
- encourage students to fully participate in the English language and culture.
In addition at each level:
- understand the main ideas in complex pieces of writing
- keep up a conversation on a fairly wide range of topics, expressing opinions and presenting arguments
- produce clear, detailed writing, expressing opinions and explaining the advantages and disadvantages of different points of view.
- read quickly enough to cope with an academic course
- understand complex opinions
- produce clear, well structured and detailed pieces of writing
- express themselves well with a good degree of fluency
- use English flexibly for social, professional and academic purposes.
- understand with ease virtually everything they hear and read
- make accurate and complete notes during a presentation
- understand colloquial asides
- talk about complex and sensitive issues without awkwardness
- express themselves precisely and fluently.
ELC - Literature, News Media, Film and/or Technology
- the close study of specific genres of the English language
- the encouragement of language learning through specific cultural areas
- to facilitate the improvement of discussion, critical thinking and essay/report writing skills.
- to investigate, present and discuss a specific area of the student's topic and linguistic interest.
- to allow the extension of the range of vocabulary, genre and structure of English in relation to a particular area of culture.
EAP (Reading and Writing)
- to provide practice in developing academic reading and writing skills in a supportive context
- to develop students' key reading skills, in particular to improve their reading speed
- to develop students' understanding of the organisation and style of written academic English
- to provide opportunities for students to apply their skills and understanding to authentic academic texts
- to improve students' command of key language skills, including grammar, vocabulary, organisation, cohesion and style, in their own writing
- to provide practice in accurate referencing and bibliography writing and to raise awareness of the importance of avoiding plagiarism
- to provide guidance on the stages of preparing and writing an academic text
- to provide an opportunity for students to put their skills into practice under examination conditions
EAP (Speaking and Listening)
- to provide practice in developing academic listening and speaking skills in a supportive context;
- to develop students' key listening skills, including listening for gist, listening for detail, note-taking, recognising discourse markers, in a variety of contexts, such as lecture, seminar group, tutorial, one-to-one, to simulate an academic situation;
- to develop students' key speaking skills, including both fluency and accuracy, but with the main emphasis on developing their confidence to express themselves in a variety of academic contexts;
- to develop students' familiarity with typical discussion strategies;
- to strengthen students' confidence in using the above strategies through frequent use;
- to give each student an opportunity to give a short presentation.
English Language Teaching (TEFL:Practical)
- choosing lesson aims
- planning the stages of a lesson
- deciding on activities and tasks to meet lesson aims
- analysing language in terms of meaning, form and phonology
- describing the skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking
- choosing appropriate lesson resources and materials
- creating a positive learning atmosphere
- teaching language and skills
- setting up and managing activities
- using English appropriately
- giving learners feedback on their use of language