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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Reading & Writing Skills
Module Code FC002
School SALIS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Fiona Gallagher
Semester 2: Fiona Gallagher
Autumn: Fiona Gallagher
Module TeachersBarra Oseaghdha
Fiona Gallagher
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 7.5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only
As above

This module will focus on helping students attain a Lower Advanced level of written English in order to be able to participate in undergraduate courses at university. There will be a focus on general reading and writing skills. In addition, there will be a focus on widening students' vocabulary range and improving their mastery of grammatical structures and functions in English Minimum exit level for this module is B2:2 (CEFR) Compulsory Attendance: Module FC002 requires that students attend at least 80% of lectures. Where a student fails to do so, and in the absence of documentation to support extenuating circumstances, s/he will be required to present for a meeting with the Programme Chair, SALIS Teaching Convenor and/ or Module Coordinator in advance of attempting examinations/ assessments and/ or submitting coursework

Learning Outcomes

1. demonstrate a good command of a wide range of vocabulary so that effective communication can take place in a broad range of situations
2. employ effective reading techniques and strategies in order to fully understand detailed academic reading texts
3. use a good level of linguistic knowledge in order to express themselves coherently in writing
4. students will be able to plan and organise their writing effectively
5. students will be able to write using an appropriate academic style and register
6. students will be able to describe their opinions and critically reflect on the opinions of others

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture48No Description
Independent Study139practising English; reading for assignments; writing assignments
Total Workload: 187

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

See below
Using a variety of authentic reading texts and writing tasks, students will be given practice in reading and writing. Strategies to improve their reading skills and to plan and organise their writing effectively will be highlighted. Language points and lexical items will be dealt with as they arise from the texts and tasks. Students can expect to revise, consolidate and extend their command of previously encountered structure and lexis and to broaden their ability to function in a variety of situations, using a broad range of different formats.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Assignmentextended piece of academic writing40%Week 12
Practical/skills evaluationclass writing tasks20%As required
Practical/skills evaluationreading tasks40%As required
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

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