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Archived Version 2021 - 2022

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NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 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 using English in an English-speaking academic environment. 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)

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. critically reflect on a variety of topical issues in order to describe, explain and support their opinions
5. identify suitably academic words and phrases for use in academic contexts
6. manage, interpret and source materials 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 Study71Further 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
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 language
Using a variety of academic reading texts, students will be given extensive practice in academic reading and writing. Specific strategies for sourcing and 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.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment% Examination Weight%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
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
Indicative Reading List

  • OUP: 0, Essential: Oxford Advanced Learner Dictionary;,
  • Huntley, Helen: 2006, Essential Academic Vocabulary,
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