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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title English for Academic Purposes 2
Module Code EN374
School SALIS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Fiona Gallagher
Semester 2: Fiona Gallagher
Autumn: Fiona Gallagher
Module TeachersFiona Gallagher
Catherine Geraghty
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only

The module will focus on the academic language skills necessary to meet the demands of studying in an English-speaking academic environment. There will also be a focus on academic reading, writing, listening and speaking skills as well as study and exam preparation skills. Students will develop their awareness of appropriacy and register in relation to their use of English in an academic environment. The minimum exit level for this module is B2:2 (CEFR)

Learning Outcomes

1. participate in discussions and make short oral presentations in an academic context
2. summarise the main points of detailed academic texts
3. process aural and written discourse effectively in order to understand the main points of listening and reading texts when used in academic contexts
4. use the conventions of academic discourse in relation to citing and referencing and avoiding plagiarism
5. critically evaluate a range of reading and digital materials and sources
6. manage, interpret and create meaning using a variety of digital devices and tools

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24Participation in and engagement with tasks during weekly timetabled sessions
Independent Study71Post-class review of materials and learning focus; completion of set tasks Further study in particular language areas; self-arranged discussion with peers on topics covered in class; self-arranged study groups with peers on particular language areas; engagement with supplementary learning materials and texts in English Preparation for CA assessments
Directed learning30Post-class review of materials and learning focus; completion of set tasks; targeted study based on feedback provided
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Academic English
Using a variety of academic listening and reading texts, students will be given extensive practice in all four skills in an integrated fashion. Particular attention will be paid to the development of academic listening and speaking skills and to citing and referencing in academic discourse. Specific strategies for dealing with academic texts effectively will be focused on and students will be encouraged to refine their ability to display their knowledge effectively.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Performance evaluationciting and referencing task30%Week 8
Performance evaluationwritten summary30%Sem 2 End
Presentationgroup presentation40%Sem 2 End
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • OUP: 0, Oxford Advanced Learner Dictionary,
  • Huntley, H.: 2006, Essential Academic Vocabulary,
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