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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title English Skills for Professional Life
Module Code LC345
School SALIS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Fiona Gallagher
Semester 2: Fiona Gallagher
Autumn: Fiona Gallagher
Module TeachersFiona Gallagher
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only

This module aims to equip students who are already fluent in English with specialised skills in writing, editing, and textual mediation in English that will be of use in a growing number of professional pathways after graduation. An ability to work with English in varied and sophisticated ways is important to careers in governmental and non-governmental institutions, digital and traditional media, translation and interpreting, public relations and marketing, journalism, research, and many more. The focus of this module is to improve students’ abilities to work with English in a number of specialised ways.

Learning Outcomes

1. Paraphrase and summarise texts in English in different registers and tones for a variety of purposes
2. Describe and give examples of selected guidelines on writing in Plain English or Clear English
3. Edit and proof highly specialised texts in English for a variety of purposes
4. Rewrite a piece of highly specialised text in Plain English according to a selected set of guidelines
5. Write pieces of text in appropriate registers and tones of English for such purposes as academic writing, social media posts, technical writing, a press release, a voice-over, an audio description, etc.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture20Attending synchronous teaching sessions
Independent Study35Completing assigned readings
Independent Study35Reviewing content asynchronously (slides, videos, radio programmes etc.)
Directed learning10(small quizzes, directed discussions, etc. assigned during the semester)
Assignment Completion25No Description
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

Workplace writing skills
Content includes: Students will develop key writing skills that are needed in the workplace. They will examine different genres of writing focusing on areas such as: report writing; translating text into plain English, writing for the social media audience, voice overs, audio and press releases, etc. The writing skill sets applicable to these genres will be examined through reading texts, discussion, and analysis of themes such as, migration, homelessness, climate change, sustainability, food poverty/insecurity.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Assignmentn/a50%As required
Assignmentn/a50%Sem 1 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

  • Gere, A.R.: 2019, Developing Writers in Higher Education A Longitudinal Study, University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor Available at: https://doi.org/10.3998/mpub.10079890,
  • King, G. and King, G.: 2009, Collins improve your writing skills, new, Collins, Glasgow,
  • Levinson, N.: 2000, How To Sharpen Your Business Writing Skills, 2nd ed, Amacom, Saranac Lake, NY, USA,
  • Tosques, E.: 2006, Writing in English for the Workplace, Firenze University Press. Available at: https://doi.org/10.36253/978-88-5518-030-6., Firenze,
Other Resources

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