English for Academic Purposes and English for Business Studies Short course

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Improve your English with free classes for registered students. Develop academic skills in essay and report writing, reading and summarising, listening, note-taking and presenting. Get support with your main studies from our experienced and supportive tutors.

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Overview

English for Academic Purposes (EAP) will help you develop your English and academic skills in order to be more successful in your main course. Classes are divided into skills, you can take speaking and listening or reading and writing classes or both. Each class is two and a half hours per week.

The speaking and listening classes focus on practising listening and note-taking with strategies for summarising and improving your presentation skills in English.

The reading and writing classes focus on developing your essay and report-writing skills, building academic vocabulary, reading and summarising strategies and improving your referencing skills. There is also a Dissertation writing module which focuses on the process and language necessary for dissertation writing.

English for Business Studies (EBS) has the same academic content as EAP but focuses on specific language requirements for business as well as organisational culture within English-speaking companies.

These modules are very popular with international students who are studying at foundation, undergraduate or postgraduate level and you can study them alongside your main course.

Why us?

  • Improving your English and academic skills will help you to be more successful on your main course
  • You will meet other international students at university
  • You can access one to one tutorial time with tutors

Course structure

There is one class per week lasting two and a half hours for each 10 credit module with tutorial time at the end. The dissertation writing class is made up of two two-hour classes each week and each module is a maximum of 15 weeks. Classes begin week commencing 14 October 2019.

Modules are assessed with a learning portfolio submitted at the end of the module. You will complete a presentation and a listening and note taking task for the speaking and listening modules. In the reading and writing modules, there is one reading and writing assessment at the end. The dissertation writing class is assessed with one piece of writing and a proposal presentation. Some modules for higher stages of the scheme are also assessed by a mini project.

We use a variety of teaching and learning methods including group work, role-play, listening exercises using audio-visual material as well as the language laboratory. We also use more traditional methods including studying grammar and traditional classroom based techniques. You will learn how to communicate in an academic and business context and be introduced to aspects of UK culture and business culture.

We offer the following modules:

For students with IELTS 5.5/6 or equivalent:

  • English for Academic Purposes 103 Reading and Writing (10 credits)
  • English for Academic Purposes 104 Speaking and Listening (10 credits)
  • English for Business Studies 113 Reading and Writing (10 credits)
  • English for Business Studies 114 Speaking and Listening (10 credits)

For students with IELTS 6 or equivalent:

  • English for Academic Purposes 106 Reading and Writing (10 credits)
  • English for Academic Purposes 107 Speaking and Listening (10 credits)
  • English for Business Studies 115 Reading and Writing (10 credits)
  • English for Business Studies 116 Speaking and Listening (10 credits)

For students with IELTS 6.5 or equivalent:

  • English for Academic Purposes 108 Reading and Writing (10 credits)
  • English for Academic Purposes 109 Speaking and Listening (10 credits)
  • English for Business Studies 117 Reading and Writing (10 credits)
  • English for Business Studies 118 Speaking and Listening (10 credits)
  • English for Academic Purposes 344 Dissertation Writing (20 credits)

The module you study will be based upon your current level of English. We can advise you of the best module to support your English Language development.

  • The University of Sunderland’s Language Centre is a dedicated space for language learning and teaching. It includes:

    • 4 Sanako language laboratories for teaching, with Sanako Study 1200
    • Open-access language laboratory for independent study
    • TVs, DVDs, textbooks, magazines and dictionaries
    Language Centre
  • Map and directions

Facilities

The University of Sunderland's outstanding facilities include our Language Centre, which is located on the Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter's.

Entry requirements

This course is open to students who are already registered at the University of Sunderland.

Fees and finance

This course is free to students who are already registered at the University of Sunderland.

This information was correct at the time of publication.

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