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School of Languages, Linguistics and Film

Reading and Writing Critically

Module code: EAL4710 

HEAR transcript: included as co-curricular activities 

Module duration: 10 weeks / 2hrs a week 

Skills Points for doctoral students: 20

Non-credit bearing  

Preparation and assessment: none 

University tutors expect students to think critically and often complain that student writing is ‘too descriptive’, ‘has no evidence’ or ‘shows no argument’. This module unpacks what is meant by ‘a critical approach’ and gives students practice in reading and evaluating texts, planning, and writing arguments and ensuring precision in both written and oral logic and language. It is suitable for students from every discipline, for undergraduates and postgraduates and will equip you with the practical skills needed to excel in your studies.

Key skills: developing a convincing argument, thinking critically, evaluating arguments 

Students' feedback on this module: 

"I think every student should take this class. I learnt how to be critical and how to argue academically. This is invaluable."

"Class discussions were amazing. And I enjoyed the materials too. I will refer to them when working on my assignments."

"This class really gave a framework for thinking and reasoning. Thank you!" 

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