Erasmus and Study Abroad

The English Language Teaching Centre offers English Language credit-bearing modules to Erasmus and Study Abroad students in both semesters one and two. The modules are split into 4 areas of English language study.

ELTC students studying

Module details

Please click the headings below to find further information about the content and assessment methods of the modules running in each semester. The entry levels for each module are also stated and should be used as a guide to which are most suitable for you.

English as a Foreign Language (20 Credit Modules): 

ELT5610 - Upper-Intermediate 1

'English as a Foreign Language (Upper-Intermediate 1)' is a language module offered by the ELTC at Level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) - an internationally recognised benchmark of language ability.

More information on the CEFR. The module will be working from the 'can do' statements from the CEFR.

For example, at B2 level, typical users can be expected to:

  • 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.

The EFL (Upper-Intermediate 1) module will focus on these kinds of practical language skills.

Timetable

The module can be taken in Autumn semester one (ELT5610) and Spring semester two (ELT5602). Each module is 12 weeks of 4 hours a week.

Requirements

You should be an Erasmus, Study Abroad or visiting student whose first language is not English.

However, you should have an English level of at least 6.0 in IELTS, FCE (B), TOEFL IBT 87, CEF mid B2 or equivalent.

Those without a current language level score in a recognised exam can be given a placement test from the English Language Teaching Centre.

Priority for places will be given to those students who have English as a major subject in their home institution.

Course content

The module includes the improvement of English language skills in reading, writing, listening, speaking, as well as grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation.

The module is topic-based and will focus on areas on British society and culture.

The seminars will use a communicative approach to language teaching and encourage students to fully participate in the English language.

Assessment

The module is assessed in the following ways:

  • Writing Coursework (40%) - 2 different genres of writing.
  • Speaking Assessment (30%) - Group seminar.
  • Learning Logs (30%) - Students will have to complete 3 learning log tasks.
ELT5611 - Advanced 1

'English as a Foreign Language (Advanced 1)' is a 20-credit language module offered by the ELTC at Level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) - an internationally recognised benchmark of language ability.

More information on the CEFR

For example, at C1 level, typical users can be expected to:

  • 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.

Your EFL (Advanced 1) module will give you these kinds of practical language skills.

Timetable

The module can be taken in semester one (ELT5611) and semester two (ELT5621). Each module is 12 weeks of 4 hours a week.

Requirements

You should be an Erasmus, study abroad or visiting student student whose first language is not English.

However, you should have an English level of at least 6.5 in IELTS, CAE (C), TOEFL IBT 91, CEF low C1 or equivalent. Those without a current language level score in a recognised exam can be given a placement test from the English Language Teaching Centre.

Priority for places will be given to those students who have English as a major subject in their home institution.

Course content

The module includes the improvement of English language skills in reading, writing, listening, speaking, as well as grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation.

The module is topic-based and will focus on areas on British society and culture.

The seminars will use a communicative approach to language teaching and encourage students to fully participate in the English language.

Assessment

The module is assessed in the following ways:

  • Writing Coursework (40%) - 2 different genres of writing.
  • Speaking Assessment (30%) - Group seminar.
  • Learning Logs (30%) - Students have to complete 3 learning log tasks.
ELT5612 - Proficiency 1

'English as a Foreign Language (Proficiency 1)' is a language module offered by the ELTC at Level C2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) - an internationally recognised benchmark of language ability.

More information on the CEFR. The module will be working from the 'can do' statements from the CEFR.

For example, at C2 level, typical users can be expected to:

  • 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.

The EFL (Proficiency 1) module will focus on these kinds of practical language skills.

Timetable

The module can be taken in semester one (ELT5612) and semester two (ELT5622). Each module is taught over a 12 week period with 4 hours of lessons per week.

Requirements

You should be an Erasmus, Study Abroad or Visiting Student student whose first language is not English. However, you should have an English level of at least 7.5 in IELTS, CAE (A), TOEFL IBT 113, CEF low C2 or equivalent.

Those without a current language level score in a recognised exam can be given a placement test from the English Language Teaching Centre.

Priority for places will be given to those students who have English as a major subject in their home institution.

Course content

The module includes the improvement of English language skills in reading, writing, listening, speaking, as well as grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation. The module is topic-based and will focus on areas on British society and culture.

The seminars will use a communicative approach to language teaching and encourage students to fully participate in the English language.

Assessment

The module is assessed in the following ways:

  • Writing Coursework (40%) - 2 different genres of writing.
  • Speaking Assessment (30%) - Group seminar.
  • Learning Logs (30%) - Students will have to complete 3 learning log tasks.

English Language and Culture (10 Credit Modules):

ELT5301 - Literature

'English Language and Culture (Literature)' is a language module offered by the ELTC using the medium of literature for language improvement.

The module includes the improvement of English language skills in reading, writing, listening, speaking, as well as grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation.

The module will be working towards the outcomes of;

  • the close reading of the genres of British short stories, drama and poetry.
  • to facilitate the improvement of discussion, critical thinking and essay writing skills.
  • to encourage language learning through literature and culture.
  • to investigate, present and discuss a specific area of the student's literary and linguistic interest.
  • to allow the extension of the range of vocabulary, genre and structure of English, in particular in the area of literature.

Timetable

The module can be taken in semester one. There will be 12 classes of 2 hours each.

Requirements 

You should be an Erasmus, Study Abroad or Visiting Student student whose first language is not English.

However, you should have an English level of at least 6.0 in IELTS, FCE (B), TOEFL IBT 79, CEF mid B2 or equivalent and no more than 7.0 in IELTS, CAE (B), TOEFL IBT 100, CEF C1 or equivalent.

Those without a current language level score in a recognised exam can be given a placement test from the English Language Teaching Centre. Priority for places will be given to those students who have English as a major subject in their home institution.

Course content

There are three strands to the course, which will be studied concurrently.

1) British short stories of the 20th and 21st century

In this strand we read and discuss in depth two short stories about family and love relationships. We discuss what these stories tell us about relationships in general and British culture in particular. We also look closely at language use, especially the informal style and colloquial language typical of modern British short story writing.

2) British drama of the 20th century

In this strand we read together a controversial play from the late twentieth century. We discuss the political and personal moral issues raised by the play, and again focus closely on idiomatic and informal language used by this playwright.

3) British poetry from the Romantics to the present day

In this strand we will look at a number of poems dating from about 1800 to 2010. This strand is arranged thematically around four topics: landscape, love, death and modernity. We look closely at how language is used in poetry, and will also examine how the ideas that can be expressed in poetry have changed over time.

The classes will use a communicative approach to language teaching, with plenty of time for discussion in class and during homework time. The approach to literature is one that encourages close textual reading and personal and analytical response.

Assessment

There will be three assessments during the semester:

  • Writing assessment: a 1,000 word academic essay based on material from strand 1 or strand 2 – 40%
  • Speaking assessment: a presentation of a poem chosen by the student – 30%
  • Classroom contribution – 30%

Please note: apart from these formal assessments, students will be expected to spend some time outside class reading and answering questions in preparation for class-work.

ELT5311 - News Media

'English Language and Culture (News Media)' is a language module offered by the ELTC using the medium of news media for language improvement. The module includes the improvement of English language skills in reading, writing, listening, speaking, as well as grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation.

The module will be working towards the outcomes of:

  • the linguistic study of the genres of British newspapers, radio and television broadcasts and web-based news sites.
  • the encouragement of language learning through current affairs and culture.
  • to facilitate the improvement of discussion, critical thinking and report writing skills.
  • to investigate, present and discuss a specific area of current affaires and linguistic interest of each student.
  • to allow the extension of the range of vocabulary, genre and structure of English, in particular in the area of UK current affairs and British news media.

Timetable

The module can be taken in semester one. There will be 12 classes of 2 hours each.

Requirements

You should be an Erasmus, Study Abroad or Visiting Student student whose first language is not English. However, you should have an English level of at least 6.5 in IELTS, CAE (C), TOEFL IBT 91, CEF low C1 or equivalent.

Those without a current language level score in a recognised exam can be given a placement test from the English Language Teaching Centre. Priority for places will be given to those students who have English as a major subject in their home institution.

Course content

Each week a different aspect of UK current affairs will be investigated from both a linguistic and cultural point of view, focussing on a range of news media. Print, broadcast and online genres will be studied.

The classes will use a communicative approach to language teaching and encourage students to fully participate in the English language.

Assessment

The assessment has three parts:

  • Writing Assessment (40%) - A 1000-word news report and commentary based on a negotiated topic of the student's own interest.
  • Speaking Assessment (30%) - Spoken competency will be assessed during a presentation of a local news story (10 mins)
  • Seminar Contributions (30%) - an overall assessment of the student's class contributions to discussions and debates over the 12 weeks.

Please note: apart from these formal assessments, students will be expected to spend some time outside class reading and answering questions in preparation for class-work.

ELT5312 - Understanding University Culture through Language

The module uses a multimedia approach to improve English language skills by exploring university culture.

Through the study of both linguistic and content features of a variety of texts from UK higher education institutions (documents, audio, video etc), students will have the opportunity to develop their English language skills in reading, writing, listening, speaking, as well as grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation.

Students will gain a better understanding of academic culture in UK universities and critically engage with language practices in academic contexts.

Timetable

The module can be taken in semester one or in semester two. There will be 12 classes of 2 hours each.

Requirements

You should be an ERASMUS, Study Abroad or Visiting Student whose first language is not English. However, you should have an English level of at least 6.5 in IELTS, CAE (C), TOEFL IBT 91, CEF low C1 or equivalent.

Those without a current language level score in a recognised exam can be given a placement test from the English Language Teaching Centre.

Priority for places will be given to those students who have English as a major subject in their home institution.

Course content

Students have the opportunity to explore a range of texts and talks related to higher education institutions in the UK.

These could include news items from the media, an academic lecture, a promotional video, a programme prospectus, an assessment brief or an academic essay. Learning is grounded in students' personal experience and they are encouraged to gather their own samples of institutional discourse for analysis.

Relevant theories are introduced through readings and short presentations in seminars, where students interact with both the tutor and other students in discussions and other group activities.

For the assessment, students will be able to choose material based on their own interests and conduct an analysis to demonstrate the correct application of the theory and methodology studied during the course.

Assessment

There will be three assessments during the semester:

  • Writing assessment: a 2,000 word academic essay – 60%
  • Coursework presentation – 30%
  • Participation – 10%

Please note: apart from these formal assessments, students will be expected to spend time outside class reading and answering questions in preparation for class-work.

English for Academic Purposes (10 Credit Modules):

ELT5401 - Reading and Writing

'English for Academic Purposes (Reading and Writing)' is a language module offered by the ELTC focussing on the skills of reading and writing in an academic context and for language improvement.

The module includes the improvement of academic skills associated with the study and assessment of a variety of written genres in an English speaking higher education situation, as well as linked grammar and vocabulary.

Timetable

The module can be taken in semester one (ELT5401) OR semester 2 (ELT5402). There will be 12 classes of 2 hours each.

Requirements

You should be a 1st or 2nd year undergraduate or a Erasmus, Study Abroad or Visiting Student student whose first language is not English.

However, you should have an English level of at least 6.0 in IELTS, FCE (B), TOEFL IBT 79, CEF mid B2 or equivalent and no more than 7.0 in IELTS, CAE (B), TOEFL IBT 100, CEF C1 or equivalent.

Those without a current language level score in a recognised exam can be given a placement test from the English Language Teaching Centre.

Course content

The module will be working towards the outcomes:

  • write in academic style, including use of appropriate vocabulary (academic word list and subject specific), appropriate grammar and sentence structures, impersonal and objective approach, caution and hedging
  • construct a coherent academic text appropriate to the task set, at whole text, paragraph and sentence to sentence level
  • identify and use appropriate academic sources in your writing and incorporate ideas from these into your written work by quoting, paraphrasing and summarising selected relevant information
  • avoid plagiarism by using appropriate referencing techniques
  • read to identify and use key ideas for a task, including recognising text structures, main and supporting ideas, fact and opinion
  • demonstrate critical thinking skills of analysis and argument
  • use skills of reflection to improve learning for all outcomes

The classes will use a communicative approach to language teaching and encourage students to fully participate in the English language.

Assessment

The assessment has three parts:

  • Writing Assessment (40%) - A 1200 word academic style essay based on a reading materials and topics of negotiated interest.
  • Critical Review Task (30%) - You will keep a reading log write a 500 word review of the reading texts.
  • Learning Log (20%) - A portfolio of evidence of 2 directed out-of-class tasks.

Please note: apart from these formal assessments, students will be expected to spend some time outside class reading and answering questions in preparation for class-work.

ELT5411 - Speaking and Listening

'English for Academic Purposes (Speaking and Listening)' is a language module offered by the ELTC focussing on the skills of speaking and listening in an academic context and for language improvement.

The module includes the improvement of academic skills associated with the study and assessment of a variety of spoken genres in an English speaking higher education situation, as well as linked grammar and vocabulary. 

Timetable

The module can be taken in semester one (ELT5411) OR semester 2 (ELT5412). There will be 12 classes of 2 hours each.

Requirements

You should be a 1st or 2nd year undergraduate or a Erasmus, Study Abroad or Visiting Student student whose first language is not English.

However, you should have an English level of at least 6.0 in IELTS, FCE (B), TOEFL IBT 79, CEF mid B2 or equivalent and no more than 7.0 in IELTS, CAE (B), TOEFL IBT 100, CEF C1 or equivalent.

Those without a current language level score in a recognised exam can be given a placement test from the English Language Teaching Centre.

Course content

The module will be working towards the outcomes:

  • communicate in specific academic situations using suitable register and pronunciation features and demonstrating effective organisation of ideas and interactive skills
  • listen to lectures, presentations and seminar contributions, and demonstrate sufficient comprehension
  • to take clear notes and be able to identify main and secondary ideas research for and prepare seminar discussion contributions and presentations using information and ideas from appropriate academic sources
  • participate confidently and appropriately in presentations and seminar discussions, demonstrating effective speaking and listening skills
  • use skills of reflection to improve learning for all outcomes

The classes will use a communicative approach to language teaching and encourage students to fully participate in the English language.

Assessment

The assessment has three parts:

  • Exam Lecture (30%) - Students listen a short academic lecture on a subject of general academic interest from which learners will have to take notes and make summaries.
  • Paired Presentation (40%) - Speaking assessment will be based on a 10-15 minute individual presentation on an academic topic negotiated with the tutor. Follow-up questions will be included.
  • Seminar (30%) - Students will participate in a seminar based on the topic of the exam lecture.

Please note: apart from these formal assessments, students will be expected to spend some time outside class reading and answering questions in preparation for class-work.

English Language Teaching (10 Credit Modules): 

ELT5501 - TEFL: Practical 

'English Language Teaching (TEFL:Practical)' is a module offered by the ELTC to students wishing to develop and enhance their skills in the teaching of English as a foreign language.

Timetable

This module can be taken in semester 1.

Requirements

This module is open to Erasmus and Study Abroad exchange students only and would suit those with an interest in or experience of teaching. A high level of English is needed to take the module (IELTS 7.5+)

A minimum number of students are required for the module to open.

Course content

The module works towards the outcomes of;

  • 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

Assessment

The assessment has three parts:

  1. Students must deliver two 20-minute assessed lessons.
  2. Students are expected to complete a portfolio of four short assignments (approximately 500 words).

English as a Foreign Language (20 Credit Modules):

ELT5602 - Upper-Intermediate 2

'English as a Foreign Language (Upper-Intermediate 2)' is a language module offered by the ELTC at Level B2+ of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) - an internationally recognised benchmark of language ability. More information on the CEFR

The module will be working from the 'can do' statements from the CEFR.

For example, at B2+ level, typical users can be expected to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of complex texts on both concrete and abstract topics and recognise fact and opinion and writer's purpose and position keep up a conversation on a fairly wide range of topics, expressing opinions and presenting arguments
  • participate in a group discussion and negotiate and reach an agreement
  • produce clear, detailed writing in a variety of genres

The EFL (Upper-Intermediate 2) module will focus on these kinds of practical language skills.

Timetable

The module can be taken in semester 2 only . The module is 12 weeks of 4 hours a week.

Requirements

You should be an Erasmus, Study Abroad or Visiting Student student whose first language is not English. You should have successfully completed ELT5610 - EFL (Upper-Intermediate 1) or you will be given a short placement test at the module registration event to make sure your level of English is appropriate for this level.

Priority for places will be given to those students who have English as a major subject in their home institution.

Course content

The module includes the improvement of English language skills in reading, writing, listening, speaking, as well as grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation. The module is topic-based and will focus on areas on British society and culture not covered in ELT5610.

The seminars will use a communicative approach to language teaching and encourage students to fully participate in the English language.

Assessment

The assessment has 3 parts:

  • Writing Coursework (40%) - 2 different genres of writing
  • Speaking Assessment (30%) - Group seminar.
  • Learning logs (30%) - Students will have to complete 3 learning log tasks                                      
ELT5621 - Advanced 2

'English as a Foreign Language (Advanced 2)' is a 20-credit language module offered by the ELTC at Level C1+ of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) - an internationally recognised benchmark of language ability. More information on the CEFR, click on the link on the top right-hand side.

For example, at C1+ level, typical users can be expected to:

demonstrate an understanding of the purpose of different reading texts from a variety of sources and identify linguistic functions such as figurative and literal language and meaning understand complex opinions and identify attitude, purpose and speaker feeling in a variety of contexts

Your EFL (Advanced 2) module will give you these kinds of practical language skills.

  • produce clear and well-structured texts on a wide range of subjects with appropriate content, style and tone
  • express themselves well with a good degree of fluency and participate in a group discussion which will require negotiation, speculation and decision-making

Timetable

The module can be taken in semester two. The module is 12 weeks of 4 hours a week.

Requirements

You should be an Erasmus, Study Abroad or Visiting Student student whose first language is not English. You should have successfully completed ELT5611 - EFL (Advanced 1) or you will be given a short placement test at the module registration event to make sure your English language level is appropriate for this module.

Priority for places will be given to those students who have English as a major subject in their home institution.

Course content

The module includes the improvement of English language skills in reading, writing, listening, speaking, as well as grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation. The module is topic-based and will focus on areas on British society and culture not covered in ELT5611.

The seminars will use a communicative approach to language teaching and encourage students to fully participate in the English language.

Assessment

The module assessment has 3 parts:

  • Writing Coursework (40%) - 2 different genres of writing
  • Speaking Assessment (30%) - Seminar discussion
  • Learning Logs (30%) - Students will complete 3 learning log tasks.
ELT5622 - Proficiency 2

'English as a Foreign Language (Proficiency 2)' is a 20-credit language module offered by the ELTC at Level C2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) an internationally recognised benchmark of language ability. More information on the CEFR

For example, at C2 level, typical users can be expected to:

  • 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.

‘English as a Foreign Language (Proficiency 2)’ will give you these kinds of practical language skills.

Timetable

The module can only be taken in semester two. The module is 12 weeks of 4 hours a week.

Requirements

You should be an Erasmus or Study Abroad student whose first language is not English. You should have successfully completed ELT5201 - English as a Foreign Language (Proficiency 1). Priority for places will be given to those students who have English as a major subject in their home institution.

Course content

The module includes the improvement of English language skills in reading, writing, listening, speaking, as well as grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation. The module is topic-based and will focus on areas on British society and culture (and new areas not covered in ELT5201).

Assessment

The assessment for Skills has 3 parts:

  • Writing coursework (40%) - 2 different genres of writing
  • Speaking assessment (40%) - Group seminar.
  • Skills log (20%) - evidence of out-of-class tasks.

The assessment for Language has 3 parts:

  • Use of English Exam (50%)
  • Spoken presentation (30%) on an area of linguistic interest.
  • Language log and portfolio (20%) - evidence of out-of-class tasks.
ELT5610 - Upper-Intermediate 1

'English as a Foreign Language (Upper-Intermediate 1)' is a language module offered by the ELTC at Level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) - an internationally recognised benchmark of language ability. More information on the CEFR

The module will be working from the 'can do' statements from the CEFR.

For example, at B2 level, typical users can be expected to:

  • 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.

The EFL (Upper-Intermediate 1) module will focus on these kinds of practical language skills.

Timetable

The module can be taken in Autumn semester one (ELT5610) and Spring semester two (ELT5602). Each module is 12 weeks of 4 hours a week.

Requirements

You should be an Erasmus, Study Abroad or Visiting Student student whose first language is not English. However, you should have an English level of at least 6.0 in IELTS, FCE (B), TOEFL IBT 87, CEF mid B2 or equivalent.

Those without a current language level score in a recognised exam can be given a placement test from the English Language Teaching Centre. Priority for places will be given to those students who have English as a major subject in their home institution.

Course content

The module includes the improvement of English language skills in reading, writing, listening, speaking, as well as grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation. The module is topic-based and will focus on areas on British society and culture.

The seminars will use a communicative approach to language teaching and encourage students to fully participate in the English language.

Assessment

The module is assessed in the following ways:

  • Writing Coursework (40%) - 2 different genres of writing.
  • Speaking Assessment (30%) - Group seminar.
  • Learning Logs (30%) - Students will have to complete 3 learning log tasks.
ELT5611 - Advanced 1

'English as a Foreign Language' is a 20-credit language module offered by the ELTC at Level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) - an internationally recognised benchmark of language ability. More information on the CEFR

For example, at C1 level, typical users can be expected to:

  • 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.

Your EFL module will give you these kinds of practical language skills.

Timetable

The module can be taken in semester two only. Each module is 12 weeks of 4 hours.

Requirements

You should be an Erasmus or Study Abroad student whose first language is not English. However, you should have an English level of at least 6.5 in IELTS, FCE (A+) or equivalent.

Those without a current language level score in a recognised exam can be given a placement test from the English Language Teaching Centre. Priority for places will be given to those students who have English as a major subject in their home institution. 

Course content

The module includes the improvement of English language skills in reading, writing, listening, speaking, as well as grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation. The module is topic-based and will focus on areas on British society and culture.

Assessment

The assessment for has 3 parts:

  • Writing coursework (40%) - 2 different genres of writing
  • Speaking assessment (30%) - Group seminar
  • Course work Tasks 30% 
ELT5612 - Proficiency 1

'English as a Foreign Language (Proficiency 1)' is a 20-credit language module offered by the ELTC at Level C2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) — an internationally recognised benchmark of language ability. More information on the CEFR

For example, at C2 level, typical users can be expected to:

  • 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.

Timetable

The module can be taken in semester two only. Each module is 12 weeks of 4 hours a week.

Requirements

You should be an Erasmus or Study Abroad student whose first language is not English. However, you should have an English level of at least 7.5 in IELTS, CAE (A+) or equivalent.

Those without a current language level score in a recognised exam can be given a placement test from the English Language Teaching Centre. Priority for places will be given to those students who have English as a major subject in their home institution.

Course content

The module includes the improvement of English language skills in reading, writing, listening, speaking, as well as grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation. The module is topic-based and will focus on areas on British society and culture.

Assessment

The assessment for Skills has 3 parts:

  • Writing coursework (40%) - 2 different genres of writing.
  • Speaking assessment (40%) - Group seminar.
  • Skills log (20%) - evidence of out-of-class tasks.

The assessment for Language has 3 parts:

  • Use of English Exam (50%)
  • Spoken presentation on an area of linguistic interest (30%)
  • Language log and portfolio (20%) - evidence of out-of-class tasks

English Language and Culture (10 Credit Modules):

ELT5312 - Understanding University Culture through Language

The module uses a multimedia approach to improve English language skills by exploring university culture. Through the study of both linguistic and content features of a variety of texts from UK higher education institutions (documents, audio, video etc), students will have the opportunity to develop their English language skills in reading, writing, listening, speaking, as well as grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation. Students will gain a better understanding of academic culture in UK universities and critically engage with language practices in academic contexts.

Timetable

The module can be taken in semester one OR in semester two. There will be 12 classes of 2 hours each.

Requirements

You should be an Erasmus, Study Abroad or Visiting Student whose first language is not English. However, you should have an English level of at least 6.5 in IELTS, CAE (C), TOEFL IBT 91, CEF low C1 or equivalent.

Those without a current language level score in a recognised exam can be given a placement test from the English Language Teaching Centre. Priority for places will be given to those students who have English as a major subject in their home institution.

Course content

Students have the opportunity to explore a range of texts and talks related to higher education institutions in the UK. These could include news items from the media, an academic lecture, a promotional video, a programme prospectus, an assessment brief or an academic essay.

Learning is grounded in students' personal experience and they are encouraged to gather their own samples of institutional discourse for analysis.

Relevant theories are introduced through readings and short presentations in seminars, where students interact with both the tutor and other students in discussions and other group activities.

For the assessment, students will be able to choose material based on their own interests and conduct an analysis to demonstrate the correct application of the theory and methodology studied during the course.

Assessment

There will be three assessments during the semester:

  • Writing assessment: a 2,000 word academic essay – 60%
  • Coursework presentation – 30%
  • Participation – 10%

Please note: apart from these formal assessments, students will be expected to spend time outside class reading and answering questions in preparation for class-work.

ELT5321 - Film

'English Language and Culture (Film)' is a language module offered by the ELTC using the medium of British film for language improvement. The module includes the improvement of English language skills in reading, writing, listening, speaking, as well as grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation.

The module will be working towards the outcomes of:

  • the linguistic study of the genres of British short and features films, together with film reviews, summaries and scripts.
  • the encouragement of language learning through the themes and issues raised in selected British film.
  • to facilitate the improvement of discussion, critical thinking and review writing skills.
  • to investigate, present and discuss a specific area of British film and linguistic interest of each student.
  • to allow the extension of the range of vocabulary, genre and structure of English, in particular in the area of UK issues and themes raised in the films studied, together with the language of review.

Timetable

The module can be taken in semester two. There will be 12 classes of 2 hours each.

Requirements

You should be an Erasmus, Study Abroad or Visiting Student student whose first language is not English. However, you should have an English level of at least 6.5 in IELTS, CAE (C), TOEFL IBT 91, CEF low C1 or equivalent.

Those without a current language level score in a recognised exam can be given a placement test from the English Language Teaching Centre. Priority for places will be given to those students who have English as a major subject in their home institution.

Course content

Over the semester a selection of British films will be studied. The films selected for study represent different genres in British filmography and portray different aspects of British culture. All the films are widely recognised and valued for their quality of script, photography, plot or cultural influence. 

Please be advised that some of the films chosen contain elements of violence, drug use, sex and/ or strong language, as well as other potentially sensitive thematic elements. 

Each week a different aspect of the films will be investigated from both a linguistic and cultural point of view. Print and online film reviews will be studied to supplement the watching of each film. The classes will use a communicative approach to language teaching and encourage students to fully participate in the English language.

Assessment

The assessment has three parts:

  • Writing Assessment (40%) - A 1000-film summary and review of one of the selected films.
  • Speaking Asessment (30%) - Spoken compentency will be assessed during a presentation and discussion of a theme from UK culture raised in the films studied (10 mins)
  • Seminar Contributions (30%) - an overall assessment of the student's class contributions to discussions and debates over the 12 weeks.

Please note: apart from these formal assessments, students will be expected to spend some time outside class reading and answering questions in preparation for class-work.

ELT5331 - English for Social Networking

'English Language and Culture (English for Social Networking & Technology)' explores social and cultural practices in online and digital spaces with a focus on language development. It looks at how different social media, web-based and mobile technologies, are used as communication spaces to create interactive dialogue.

With the aim of developing language skills, students are introduced to different digital practices and will acquire a range of transferable skills.

The module will be working towards the outcomes of:

  • the linguistic study of the genres associated with social networking.
  • the encouragement of language learning through the themes and issues raised in the use of social media and how they can be used for language learning and practise.
  • to facilitate the improvement of discussion, digital literacy and online writing skills.
  • to investigate, present and discuss a specific area of technological and linguistic interest of each student.
  • to extend the range of vocabulary, genre and structure of English, in particular in the area of issues and themes raised in social networking practices, together with the language used in the various digital genres.

Timetable

The module can be taken in semester two. There will be 12 classes of 2 hours each.

Requirements

You should be an Erasmus, Study Abroad or Visiting Student student whose first language is not English. However, you should have an English level of at least 6.0 in IELTS, CAE (C), TOEFL IBT 91, CEF low C1 or equivalent.

Those without a current language level score in a recognised exam can be given a placement test from the English Language Teaching Centre. Priority for places will be given to those students who have English as a major subject in their home institution.

Course content

The course takes place face-to-face and is open to anyone interested in social networking practices. While it focuses on web-based and mobile technologies, there is an interactive approach in sessions.

This course is paper free; laptops are provided for use within the sessions. Tasks are innovative and seek to develop language through a critical look at how social media are used today, and also seeks to develop your skills in researching while undertaking a language related project.

Assessment

The assessment has three parts:

  • Written Assessment (50%) - You will complete a range of tasks which involve writing using different genres in the context of blogs, wiki, Twitter, infographics etc. consisting of a total of  around 1500 words.
  • Speaking Assessment (40%) - You will prepare and record group and individual presentations using different media and applications.
  • Participation and Contribution (10%) - In online social spaces used by the group.

Please note: apart from these formal assessments, students will be expected to spend some time outside class reading and answering questions in preparation for class-work.

English for Academic Purposes (10 Credit Modules):

ELT5402 - Reading and Writing

'English for Academic Purposes (Reading and Writing)' is a language module offered by the ELTC focussing on the skills of reading and writing in an academic context and for language improvement.

The module includes the improvement of academic skills associated with the study and assessment of a variety of written genres in an English speaking higher education situation, as well as linked grammar and vocabulary.

Timetable

The module can be taken in semester one (ELT5401) OR semester 2 (ELT5402). There will be 12 classes of 2 hours each.

Requirements

You should be a 1st or 2nd year undergraduate or a Erasmus, Study Abroad or Visiting Student student whose first language is not English.

However, you should have an English level of at least 6.0 in IELTS, FCE (B), TOEFL IBT 79, CEF mid B2 or equivalent and no more than 7.0 in IELTS, CAE (B), TOEFL IBT 100, CEF C1 or equivalent.

Those without a current language level score in a recognised exam can be given a placement test from the English Language Teaching Centre.

Course content

  • The module will be working towards the outcomes:
  • write in academic style, including use of appropriate vocabulary (academic word list and subject specific), appropriate grammar and sentence structures, impersonal and objective approach, caution and hedging
  • construct a coherent academic text appropriate to the task set, at whole text, paragraph and sentence to sentence level identify and use appropriate academic sources in your writing and incorporate ideas from these into your written work by quoting, paraphrasing and summarising selected relevant information
  • avoid plagiarism by using appropriate referencing techniques
  • read to identify and use key ideas for a task, including recognising text structures, main and supporting ideas, fact and opinion
  • demonstrate critical thinking skills of analysis and argument
  • use skills of reflection to improve learning for all outcomes

The classes will use a communicative approach to language teaching and encourage students to fully participate in the English language.

Assessments

The assessment has three parts:

  • Writing Assessment (40%) - A 1200 word academic style essay based on a reading materials and topics of negotiated interest.
  • Critical Review Task (30%) - You will keep a reading log write a 500 word review of the reading texts.
  • Learning Log (20%) - A portfolio of evidence of 2 directed out-of-class tasks.

Please note: apart from these formal assessments, students will be expected to spend some time outside class reading and answering questions in preparation for class-work.

ELT5412 - Speaking and Listening

'English for Academic Purposes (Speaking and Listening)' is a language module offered by the ELTC focussing on the skills of speaking and listening in an academic context and for language improvement.

The module includes the improvement of academic skills associated with the study and assessment of a variety of spoken genres in an English speaking higher education situation, as well as linked grammar and vocabulary.

Timetable

The module can be taken in semester one (ELT5411) OR semester 2 (ELT5412). There will be 12 classes of 2 hours each.

Requirements

You should be a 1st or 2nd year undergraduate or a Erasmus, Study Abroad or Visiting Student student whose first language is not English. However, you should have an English level of at least 6.0 in IELTS, FCE (B), TOEFL IBT 79, CEF mid B2 or equivalent and no more than 7.0 in IELTS, CAE (B), TOEFL IBT 100, CEF C1 or equivalent.

Those without a current language level score in a recognised exam can be given a placement test from the English Language Teaching Centre.

Course content

The module will be working towards the outcomes:

  • communicate in specific academic situations using suitable register and pronunciation features and demonstrating effective organisation of ideas and interactive skills
  • listen to lectures, presentations and seminar contributions, and demonstrate sufficient comprehension to take clear notes and be able to identify main and secondary ideas
  • research for and prepare seminar discussion contributions and presentations using information and ideas from appropriate academic sources
  • participate confidently and appropriately in presentations and seminar discussions, demonstrating effective speaking and listening skills
  • use skills of reflection to improve learning for all outcomes

The classes will use a communicative approach to language teaching and encourage students to fully participate in the English language.

Assessment

The assessment has four parts:

  • Exam Lecture (30%) - Students listen a short academic lecture on a subject of general academic interest from which learners will have to take notes and make summaries.
  • Paired Presentation (40%) - Speaking assessment will be based on a 10-15 minute individual presentation on an academic topic negotiated with the tutor. Follow-up questions will be included.
  • Seminar (30%) - Students will participate in a seminar based on the topic of the exam lecture.

Please note: apart from these formal assessments, students will be expected to spend some time outside class reading and answering questions in preparation for class-work.


English as a Foreign Language (EFL)

These 20-credit general English modules focus on the 4 skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking, as well as vocabulary, pronunciation and grammar while covering topics on aspects of British society.

The module is available at 3 levels (Upper-intermediate, Advanced and Proficiency), so that you are taught and assessed at the right language level.

The course combines both skills and language seminars and you are required to attend 2 classes of 2 hours per week (total 4 hours a week). The 2-hour skills seminars aim to improve the 4 skills through reading texts, watching videos, completing tasks, group discussions/debates and giving presentations.

The weekly 2-hour language seminars cover areas of grammar, lexis and phonology rising from the the topics and texts in the skills sessions and includes time to investigate areas of linguistic interest/difficulty suggested by the participants.

Class sizes are a maximum of 20 and will allow space to practise language in a relaxed, yet purposeful setting. See below for more information on the EFL modules and language entry levels.


English Language and Culture (ELC)

These 10-credit language modules focus on a specific area of English-speaking culture and the literary genres associated with it. Language skills and accuracy is facilitated through the close study of a range of texts (mainly British) in the areas of Literature, News Media, Technology, Film and University Culture.

The 2-hour classes encourage discussion and reflection of the cultural and linguistic issues raised in the texts. See below for more information on the individual modules.

Please note - these are primarily English language modules, not subject modules.


English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

These 10-credit modules focus on the use of the English language in academic and professional situations. Both the areas of 'Reading and Writing' and 'Speaking and Listening' are covered in two individual modules, so that the specific text types and associated language can be studied in sufficient depth.

The modules will not only complement your current university study in the UK, but will also prove your capability in transferable professional skills. See below for more information on the EAP modules.


English Language Teaching (ELT)

This 10-credit module focuses on the practical skills needed in Teaching English as a Foreign Language. Lesson planning, materials development, classroom management and teaching techniques are all covered. This module would suit those students with an interest in or experience of teaching. A high level of English is needed to take the module (IELTS 7.5+) and the assessment is based on the delivery of 2 x 20 min lessons and a portfolio of the associated documentation.


The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it is up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research, funding changes, professional accreditation requirements, student or employer feedback, outcomes of reviews, and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Information last updated: 3 November 2020


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