Our in-sessional English for Academic Purposes (EAP) short courses are free modules, available to students who are already registered on a course at the University.
The EAP Academic Writing for Native Speakers of English is suitable for you if your first language is English, but you would benefit from improving your academic writing skills. The interactive classes will help you to succeed in your main course by giving you practice in improving clarity, cohesion, argumentation and critical evaluation in your academic writing. You will also learn strategies for avoiding plagiarism and for proofreading and correcting work. Targeted feedback and advice will be available through tutorial time.
The module requirement is that you attend two hours per week over one semester. As well as the main taught session, the module includes weekly tutorial time, which is offered on a rotational basis. Tutorials are used to give individual feedback and advice and are an important element of learning.
Please note, this course is usually taken in addition to your main course, so it does not count towards this. When you enrol, you can choose between accredited and non-accredited versions of the module. Once you have chosen which version of the module to take, you will not usually be allowed to transfer between the two.
If English is your second language, or you have learned it as a foreign language, EAP In-Sessional English for Academic Purposes will be more appropriate for you.
Our language classes are all interactive and flexible. Each session ranges from whole class activities to group work, pair work and individual tasks. You may be involved in discussions and teamwork, activities using online language tools, producing written work, analysing texts, and participating in grammar and vocabulary review activities. Several different types of activity are usually present within each session.
Sessions are fully supported by Canvas, where you will have access to key information and resources, as well as the ability to practise activities and submit work for feedback. You will be directed to the Language Centre for homework and self-directed study and have access to Sanako Language Laboratory facilities, plus a range of language learning materials and the advice of the Language Technician.
If you choose to enrol on the accredited version of the course, you will need to complete one piece of time-constrained writing, designed to test all learning outcomes. Students who pass the assessment will be awarded an Undergraduate Certificate of Achievement.
If you choose to take the non-accredited version, you will be taught in the same way as the accredited version, but you will not complete any assessments. If you attend regularly, you will be awarded a Certificate of Attendance.
Gain an understanding of advanced academic grammar, vocabulary, register and style, with the precise areas of grammar to be studied determined by an analysis of commonly occurring mistakes. Explore tools for researching and checking the accuracy of your academic writing such as online dictionaries, corpora and grammar practice software.
Improve your understanding of the requirements of typical academic writing structures and genres such as different types of essays and reports, and their components. Work on developing clear argumentation, cohesion and criticality in your own writing.
Increase your awareness of the UK Higher Education context and its practices, for example learning more about plagiarism and practising how to avoid it by improving paraphrasing, summarising, quoting and referencing skills.
The accredited version of the course is worth ten credits.
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This course is open to students who are already registered at the University of Sunderland.
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This course is free to students who are already registered at the University of Sunderland.
This information was correct at the time of publication.
Improving your English and academic skills will help you to be more successful on your main course, but will also help you when it comes to looking for graduate employment. The skills you learn from this course will be invaluable throughout your future career.