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Insessional English Programme

Modules for Working in Global Environments

EAL 6200 Inter-cultural communication for the global workplace

Planning to work abroad? Or in a multi-national corporation? Run your own global business? Teach in another country? Learning the language, customs and culture is key but intercultural competence involves delving deeper. This module is designed to equip you with the skills to operate effectively in cross-cultural environments, looking at both verbal and non-verbal communication, at the deep values cultures are based upon and how these are reflected in anything from how people dress, the way they talk and behave, to the way they do business.

EAL6201 Professional Writing for the Global Workplace

Do you want to work in an international setting, whether in this country or abroad? This course will be invaluable for you, showing you how to write effective correspondence, how diverse cultures operate in business, and how your own assumptions and attitudes may either help or hinder communication in tomorrow’s world.

EAL6202 Technical Writing for the Global Workplace 

Do you want to be successful in your technical writing skills for science and engineering? This course is your passport to achieving this aim! Professionals working in multilingual settings often fail to communicate effectively because they incorrectly assume that their correspondents share the same values or rhetorical frameworks for technical communication. This module will explore how differences in cultural background may affect written technical and professional communication and will provide you with an understanding of key principles of effective technical writing in culturally diverse professional settings. 

Modules for Studying in the Digital World 

EAL4203 Active Learning with New and Emergent Technologies 

Are you keen on becoming more efficient in your studies and using technology with confidence? Try this 5-week module! Here are the module objectives: 

  • Understand the principles of active learning
  • Develop a repertoire of skills and strategies for active self-study using appropriate digital tools
  • Draw on student expertise in using technologies in work/studies/personal life
  • Make better use of opportunities to interact with instructors and peers online
  • Experiment with new ways of learning using digital resource

Modules that Focus on Academic Writing

Modules in this group give you an opportunity to explore and develop your writing in different academic genres.  You will analyse texts to understand the relationship between audience, purpose and content. Issues of fluency, clarity and correctness will also be examined. You will practise using sources appropriately to develop essays and learn skills of paraphrasing and referencing. There will be regular opportunities to practise writing and to receive feedback on writing from your class tutor and peers.

Modules that Focus on Listening and Speaking  

Modules in this group are designed for students who want to improve their listening and speaking skills in English in both formal and informal settings.  The listening strategies learnt on these modules will help you get the most out of your lectures and in social situations. You will participate in presentations, seminar discussions, and role-plays in class with the tutor monitoring these activities and giving feedback on correct pronunciation, appropriate word choice and levels of formality.

Modules that Focus on Reading

Modules in this group are designed for students who are at an advanced level of English and enjoy reading.  You will study models of effective writing from different genres and through a close analysis of these texts explore how your writing can be refined through reading.   Deconstructing and analysing selections of texts from literary genres and academic journals will help raise awareness of how the stylistic and linguistic devices function in these genres.

  • English though Literature [PDF 224KB] (10 weeks)
  • Reading and Writing Critically [PDF 223KB] (10 weeks)
  • Expand your Vocabulary [PDF 131KB] (5 weeks)
  • Data driven vocabulary development - new module for 2021/22 - (5 weeks)
    • This module is designed to provide international students with the opportunity to expand their subject specific vocabulary in English. Using online tools, you will investigate the writing and speaking practices of your disciplines and research areas. Using corpora is introducing data driven learning (DDL) through which you can investigate the language of your research papers and articles, thereby improving your understanding of how language is used in your discipline, which will help you to continue to learn independently beyond the classroom. You will also learn how to analyse texts from your reading lists in order to study the vocabulary you need to develop your own discipline specific word and phrase bank for use in essays, assignments and dissertations.


Modules that Focus on Accuracy

Modules in this group are designed for students who want to improve the correctness of their spoken and written expression by focusing on grammatical accuracy. You will get opportunities to improve your awareness of how grammatical rules operate in context and practise autonomously noticing and correcting grammatical errors.  

When does it start?

Registration opens in MySIS from Week 0 of term 1. For Term 2, registration begins at the beginning of December.

Insessional module classes begin in week 2 or week 8 (some five-week modules only, as specified). In term 2, they begin in week 2.

Credit bearing modules for Associate students begin in Week 2.

Critical Thinking and Writing in Law modules for students of CCLS begin in Week 2

How to Register 

To register for these modules,  you need to log in to MySIS, click on Insessional Course Bookings, then follow the links to the modules you have chosen and follow the instructions.Times of classes will be given and you may be asked to choose your time based on the faculty you will be studying in or there may be a General option.

Please note that while your booking confirmation is immediate, the sytem takes 24-48hrs to add students to QM+ pages and MySIS module lists. Your chosen modules will also appear on your online timetable (if they do not clash with your programe modules). This is done by our Programme Admin team and may take more than 48hrs after the booking (or update, if you amend your booking). 

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