Key Facts - Credit-bearing Modules

Description

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:

  1. English as a Foreign Language (EFL)*
  2. English Language and Culture (ELC)*
  3. English for Academic Purposes (EAP)*
  4. 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.

Programme Objectives

The modules includes the aims of:

EFL

  • 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:

Upper-intermediate

  • 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.

Advanced

  • 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.

Proficiency

  • 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