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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title English for Academic Purposes 1
Module Code FC003
School SALIS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Fiona Gallagher
Semester 2: Fiona Gallagher
Autumn: Fiona Gallagher
Module TeachersFiona Gallagher
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 7.5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

Students will focus on the reading and writing skills necessary to meet the demands of undergraduate courses taught in an English-speaking academic environment. There will also be a focus on raising students' awareness of different learning styles and strategies. The module will also help students to further 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 B2:1 (CEFR) Compulsory Attendance: Module FC003 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. use effective reading strategies when dealing with specialised, academic texts (e.g. identify key points; examine graphic material; interpret detailed data)
2. write academic essays using an appropriate style and register
3. plan and organise their writing effectively
4. apply a variety of learning strategies to a particular context
5. critically reflect on a varitey of topical issues in order to describe, exlain and support their opinions
6. identify suitably academic words and phrases for use in academic contexts

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture48No Description
Independent Study139No Description
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

Using a variety of academic reading texts, students will be given extensive practice in academic reading and writing. Specific strategies for dealing with academic texts effectively will be focused on. Students will be encouraged to refine their ability to display their knowledge effectively, particularly in written form. Particular attention will be paid to the development of notetaking and highlighting skills. Students will be reflect on their own preferred learning styles and consider alternative approaches.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Practical/skills evaluationreading45%Week 12
Short Answer Questionsvocabulary exercises5%As required
Essayn/a50%Week 12
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, Essential: Oxford Advanced Learner Dictionary;,
  • Huntley, Helen: 2006, Essential Academic Vocabulary,
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Date of Last Revision21-OCT-11

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