Online Summer Pre-Sessional, July Entry
- Level: CEF B2; IELTS 6.5 – 7.0
- Start date: 22 July 2021
- Tuition fees: see Registration and course fees
A full-time intensive, online pre-sessional course for students in all disciplines, but with a social-science focus. The course develops predominately postgraduate students’ ability to use English for specific academic purposes and raise performance typically to a level equivalent to IELTS 6.5 or 7.0 in reading, writing, speaking and listening.
Five weeks starting in late July.
|Pre-recorded lecture||60 minutes||60 minutes||60 minutes||60 minutes||60 minutes|
|Guided independent study tasks||5 hours||5 hours||5 hours||5 hours||6 hours|
|Interaction||90 minute seminar||90 minute seminar||90 minute seminar||90 minute seminar||The day of the actual tutorial may vary|
Overall IELTS 6.5 with 6.0 in writing, no more than one skill at 5.5 and no skill below 5.5
- Listening: monitored discussion forum and guided independent listening tasks (60%) and listening exam: written summary of audio text produced under timed conditions (40%)
- Reading: guided independent reading tasks (60%) and reading exam: written summary of extended text produced under timed conditions (40%)
- Writing: a 1500 word extended essay and guided independent writing tasks (60%) and a writing exam: written commentary on listening and reading texts produced under timed conditions (40%)
- Speaking: monitored discussion tasks (60%) and Assessed Seminar (40%).
This course aims to develop your ability to communicate effectively and engage critically in a range of academic-related contexts to a level at least equivalent to an IELTS score of 6.5.
By the end of this course you will be able to:
- Read a variety of academic texts, in particular journal articles, making use of genre knowledge and appropriate pre-, during- and post-reading strategies in order to identify relevant content for use in academic spoken interactions or writing tasks.
- Follow one-to-one academic exchanges, text-based groups discussions and extended lectures on subject specific themes, making use of a variety of pre-, during- and post-listening strategies to check and develop meaning.
- Write an academic essay of 1500 words on a topic which has an appropriate structure, appropriate integration of source materials, accurate use of a citation system and a variety of key academic features at sentence and paragraph level.
- Speak effectively using a register appropriate to academic contexts in order to convey meaning in 1-1 exchanges, small text-based group discussions, and during extended turns in a seminar context.
Learning and teaching
Teaching is integrative with strong elements of genre, process and communicative approaches to learning.
It will be delivered wholly online via Moodle. The course includes:
- pre-recorded lectures - approximately 1 hour per day
- guided independent study tasks - approximately 5 hours per day
- interactive online seminars - approximately 90 mins per day Monday to Thursday (the average group size is 9 students per instructor)
- three 15-minute individual consultations over the five-week course.
We will provide you with all course material.
Minimum Requirement for Progression
A score of 6.5 overall on EAS final report, although a variety of other target outcomes will apply.