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English Language, Study and Communication Skills September 2013 FOREWORD Welcome by the Dean of the School of Foundation & English Language Studies It is a pleasure to welcome you to BPP University. The
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English Language, Study and Communication Skills September 2013 FOREWORD Welcome by the Dean of the School of Foundation & English Language Studies It is a pleasure to welcome you to BPP University. The aim of this course is to help prepare you for your further study. You will get the most out of your time with us if you understand that high quality education is a two-way activity in which all students must engage. Our tutors and support staff are committed to helping you to get the most value from your time at BPP, but please do not forget that the main effort must come from you! We welcome feedback, both good and bad, to help us continually improve this course and we look forward to working with you. Let s have a great time together! Good luck with your English language study and your future! Amanda Blackmore Professor Amanda Blackmore Deputy Principal and Dean, School of Foundation and English Language Studies HE Certificate in Business Studies Programme Proposal Form Welcome by Director of Programmes We would all like to wish you a warm welcome to BPP University. We hope very much that you will find your time with us enjoyable and useful. This course has been designed with great care and based on many years experience of preparing students for higher education study in English. We are familiar with the different needs of the many types of students who come to us for tuition. At the same time we really value your comments and suggestions as it is important that you keep us informed of your own particular needs. You will find that BPP University is a busy place with a diverse mix of UK and international students. As a result you will meet people from many cultures and we hope that you will enjoy and benefit from the opportunity of this diversity. You will get the most out of the course, and learn best, if you are happy and comfortable. So do not stay silent if you are worried about something, or if you have a problem. We wish you a very happy stay and look forward to working with you. Paul Evans Paul Evans Director of Programmes, School of Foundation and English Language Studies 3 HE Certificate in Business Studies Programme Proposal Form INTRODUCTION TO THE COURSE Details Course Title English Language, Study and Communication Skills Delivering Body BPP University This course is non-credit bearing and non-award bearing. This means that study undertaken on this course does not count towards any undergraduate or postgraduate programme that you may go on to study. On completion of this course you will receive certification of the level of English you have achieved in reading, writing, listening and speaking. Overview of Course The English Language, Study and Communication Skills Course is designed to provide a progression route for international students for study on an International Foundation Certificate or BPP University undergraduate or postgraduate programme, but whose English Language, Study and Communication Skills do not yet meet the requirements for that academic programme. The English Language, Study and Communication Skills Course consists of five levels. Students will improve their English skills in writing, reading, speaking, listening and grammar, and, as they progress, will learn essential academic study skills, including computer skills and individual presentation skills, relevant to higher education in the UK. All students have a Personal Tutor who works with them throughout their studies. Your Personal Tutor will support you and guide you through achieving your study goals, improving your English language and study skills and ultimately progressing effectively onto the next stage of your education. 4 HE Certificate in Business Studies Programme Proposal Form Introduction The course will provide students with essential English and study skills for undertaking academic study of business, finance, healthcare or legal studies. Students will have the opportunity to improve their general and academic English through progressive practice of their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills relevant to their chosen fields of study. The teaching methods, materials and assessment are tailored to the needs of students aiming to undertake university level study in BPP University in the immediate future. Teaching methods and assignments in this course will help students to prepare for their future undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Formative feedback will be provided throughout the course aiming to improve students performance in the summative (final) assessment. The course described below is subject to more detailed information issued at appropriate points throughout the course. The content of the course set out below is indicative and the actual content may differ, where appropriate, to meet the needs of students on the course. Students who work hard in their studies might expect to improve by the equivalent of 0.5 IELTS per level. Students must undertake sufficient study to reach the English standard required for the programme they wish to progress to. So, for instance, if you have an IELTS equivalent score of 5.0 and wish to undertake the LLB (which requires an IELTS score of 6.5) you must increase your score by the equivalent of 1.5 IELTS, meaning 3 levels of study over 3 terms. Further examples can be found below. 5 HE Certificate in Business Studies Programme Proposal Form 6 HE Certificate in Business Studies Programme Proposal Form LEARNING OUTCOMES Learning outcomes describe what you should know and be able to do if you make full use of the opportunities for learning that the Course provides. Knowledge and Understanding Level 1 Entry 4.0 Exit 4.5 Level 2 Entry 4.5 Exit 5.0 Level 3 Entry 5.0 Exit 5.5 Level 4 Entry 5.5 Exit 6.0 Level 5 Entry 6.0 Exit 6.5 K1 K2 K3 Understanding of, and an ability to use, the simple English language structures. Can understand sentences and expressions related to areas of immediate relevance (e.g. basic personal and family information, work, school & leisure). Understanding of some active vocabulary Understanding of, and an ability to use, the simple English language structures. Understanding of language leading to sentence formation and uncomplicated language tense and general English usage. Understanding of some active vocabulary Reasonable understanding of, and an ability to use, essential English language structures. Understanding of intermediate language leading to improved sentence formation, language tense and general English usage. Good understanding of commonly used active vocabulary Good understanding of, and an ability to use, the main English language structures. Understanding and use of core academic language leading to reasonably complex sentence formation, language tense and general academic structure Productive and receptive use of good academic vocabulary and active vocabulary in their specific subject. Advanced understanding of and an ability to use English Language structures with ease and fluency Strong ability to produce a wide range of demanding, longer texts (oral and/ or written) and ability to recognise implicit meaning in their field of specialisation. Productive and receptive use of more advanced academic vocabulary and active vocabulary in their specific subject. 7 HE Certificate in Business Studies Programme Proposal Form Cognitive Skills C1 C2 C3 Differentiate between elementary ideas in written and oral texts Use information and ideas to produce very simple arguments. Identify some English language structures in order to achieve an understanding of a simple range of texts Differentiate between main ideas in written and oral texts Use information and ideas to produce simple arguments. Identify common English language structures in order to achieve an understanding of a simple range of texts. Differentiate between main and supporting ideas in written texts and oral presentations. Categorise information and ideas to produce reasoned argument. Recognise general English language structures in order to achieve an understanding of a good range of texts. Differentiate between reasonably complex and supporting ideas in written texts and oral presentations. Categorise and synthesise information and ideas to produce more complex and academic argument. Recognise reasonable complex English language structures in order to achieve a solid understanding of standard and academic texts. To differentiate between complex main and supporting ideas in written texts and oral presentations in their field of study. Categorise and synthesise information and ideas to produce complex academic arguments. Recognise English language structures in order to achieve a solid understanding of reasonably complex academic texts in their field of study. 8 HE Certificate in Business Studies Programme Proposal Form Professional Skills P1 P2 P3 P4 Exercise the level of language necessary commensurate with a level 4.5 SELT Can describe aspects of his/her background, and environment, and matters in areas of need. Can communicate in routine tasks requiring a direct exchange of information on familiar matters Exercise the level of language necessary commensurate with a level 5.0 SELT Express themselves with a degree of fluency that makes general interaction with native speakers possible Exercise the level of language necessary commensurate with a level 5.5 SELT and be able to follow a Foundation programme of study in preparation for university level study, with language support. Express themselves with a degree of fluency that makes interaction with native speakers possible Exercise the level of language necessary to communicate orally and in writing to follow a business degree study with language support commensurate with a level 6.0 SELT Express themselves with a degree of fluency that makes regular interaction with native speakers possible Produce reasonably clear and wellstructured, oral and/ or written text on subjects, showing reasonably controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices. Exercise the level of language necessary to communicate orally and in writing to follow a course of academic study at university level with some language support. commensurate with a level 6.5 SELT Communicate ideas and analysis clearly and concisely in an appropriate format in order to inform and explain their decision making rationale to others. Express themselves with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers possible without strain for either party. Produce clear, wellstructured, oral and/ or written text on complex subjects, showing good controlled use of organisational patterns, 9 HE Certificate in Business Studies Programme Proposal Form General Transferable Skills connectors and cohesive devices. T1 T2 T3 Take responsibility to learn effectively and be aware of their own learning strategies Take responsibility to learn effectively and be aware of their own learning strategies Take responsibility to learn effectively and be aware of their own learning strategies Exercise initiative and personal responsibility Take responsibility to learn effectively and be aware of their own learning strategies Exercise initiative and personal responsibility Take responsibility to learn effectively and be aware of their own learning strategies, including the ability to learn independently Exercise selfmanagement skills, including the ability to set personal objectives, manage time and tasks and evaluate their own performance. Exercise initiative and personal responsibility within set parameters Take responsibility to learn effectively and be aware of their own learning strategies, including the ability to learn independently 10 HE Certificate in Business Studies Programme Proposal Form Pass mark The English Language, Study and Communication Skills course is graded pass/fail. The pass mark is 40%. Where a student is undertaking more than one term of study, students must reach the requisite level of English before progressing onto the next level of the course. At each level the language difficulty and difficulty of the tasks and exercises undertaken will increase as students progress through the course and improve their English abilities. Once a student has reached the requisite level of English required they will be able to exit the course and progress directly onto the relevant BPP University programme of study, provided they meet all other entry requirements. 11 HE Certificate in Business Studies Programme Proposal Form ENGLISH LANGUAGE, STUDY AND COMMUNICATION SKILLS General Information School Credit Value Contact Hours Course School of Foundation and English Language Studies None 200 Hours F2F (10 weeks per level) Level 1 English Language, Study and Communication Skills 4.0 Level 2 English Language, Study and Communication Skills 4.5 Level 3 English Language, Study and Communication Skills 5.0 Level 4 English Language, Study and Communication Skills 5.5 Level 5 English Language, Study and Communication Skills 6.0 Course Leader Related Modules Pre-requisites Co-requisites Post-requisites Excluded Combinations External Accrediting Body Helen McKenna None None None None None Introduction This course provides students with essential skills for undertaking academic study through the medium of English. Students will have the opportunity to improve their general and academic English through progressive practice of their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills relevant to their chosen field of study. On satisfactory completion of this course, students will be able to enrol directly onto their programme of choice, subject to meeting the entry requirements of that programme. 12 HE Certificate in Business Studies Programme Proposal Form Educational Aims This course aims to: Provide students with essential language skills for undertaking a BPP University programme. Provide students with an opportunity to increase their knowledge of English grammar and vocabulary as well as their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in the academic setting. Familiarise students with aspects of academic discussions oral and written and academic writing style. Develop general English competence. Facilitate an improvement in IELTS (or equivalent SELT) score from their point of entry to that required by the relevant programme. Prepare students with the study skills necessary to study a programme at BPP University. 13 HE Certificate in Business Studies Programme Proposal Form Modes of Assessment Explanation of assessment types Formative Assessment: Formative assessments are designed to give students an opportunity to practice assessments and to receive tutor feedback on their progress against the learning outcomes prior to the summative assessment. Formative assessment grades do not contribute to the final grade. Formative assessments are individual assessments unless otherwise stated. Summative Assessment: Summative assessments are those assessments which contribute to your grade. Summative assessments are individual assessments unless otherwise stated. Each level of the Course is assessed through the completion of one (1) Summative Assessment testing the following elements of English: Listening, Speaking, and Writing. Students are required to achieve an overall pass mark of 40%, with at least 40% in the Writing element at each level. 14 HE Certificate in Business Studies Programme Proposal Form Assessments Listening and Speaking Writing Level 1 Entry 4.0 Exit 4.5 Level 2 Entry 4.5 Exit 5.0 Level 3 Entry 5.0 Exit 5.5 Level 4 Entry 5.5 Exit 6.0 Level 5 Entry 6.0 Exit 6.5 FORMATIVE FORMATIVE FORMATIVE FORMATIVE FORMATIVE Listening comprehension test. comprehension test Progress reading portfolio Initial assessment. Progress Writing portfolio Listening comprehension test. comprehension test Progress reading portfolio Initial assessment. Progress Writing portfolio Listening comprehension test. comprehension test, including a guided summary of a text. Progress reading portfolio Initial assessment. Progress writing test either a compare/contrast essay or an argumentative essay). Drafts of this essay to be peer-edited in class and one tutorial with the teacher on a draft should be arranged. Lecture summary (oral) based on listening to a prerecorded lecture (completed in class on the basis of notes). comprehension test, including a guided summary of a text. Progress reading portfolio Initial assessment. Progress writing test either a compare/contrast essay or an argumentative essay). Drafts of this essay to be peer-edited in class and one tutorial with the teacher on a draft should be arranged. Formative 1: Response paper to a TV broadcast watched in class followed by a group discussion of the issue raised in the TV broadcast comprehension test, including a guided summary of a text. Progress reading portfolio Initial assessment. Progress writing test either a compare/contrast essay or an argumentative essay). Drafts of this essay to be peer-edited in class and one tutorial with the teacher on a draft should be arranged. 15 HE Certificate in Business Studies Programme Proposal Form Language Development Timed language development test Initial assessment (grammar) Initial assessment (grammar) Initial assessment (grammar) Initial assessment (grammar) Progress grammar test Progress grammar test Progress grammar test Progress grammar test Study skills None None None Ongoing assessment, utilising various tests, will be undertaken for each study skill. No summative assessments are planned for this element of the course which will vary according to the needs of the cohort. Ongoing assessment, utilising various tests, will be undertaken for each study skill. No summative assessments are planned for this element of the course which will vary according to the needs of the cohort. 16 HE Certificate in Business Studies Programme Proposal Form SUMMATIVE (100% of assessment) Level 1 Entry 4.0 Exit 4.5 SUMMATIVE (100% of assessment) Level 2 Entry 4.5 Exit 5.0 SUMMATIVE (100% of assessment) Level 3 Entry 5.0 Exit 5.5 SUMMATIVE (100% of assessment) Level 4 Entry 5.5 Exit 6.0 SUMMATIVE (100% of assessment) Level 5 Entry 6.0 Exit 6.5 Listening and Speaking Listening comprehension test. Group role play activity / discussion Listening comprehension test. Group role play activity / discussion Listening comprehension test. Group presentation Seminar discussion in small groups based on a listening topic Seminar discussion in small groups based on a listening topic comprehension test Progress reading portfolio comprehension test Progress reading portfolio comprehension test Progress reading portfolio Assessment on texts from current media one prepared from reading at home and one unprepared under test conditions. Assessment on texts from current media one prepared from reading at home and one unprepared under test conditions. Writing Produce a progress writing portfolio Produce a progress writing portfolio Produce a progress writing portfolio plus a timed essay for which a minimum pass mark of 40% must be achieved One timed unseen assessment for which a minimum pass mark must be achieved (i.e. a compare/contrast, cause and effect, or argumentative assessment). One timed unseen assessment for which a minimum pass mark must be achieved (i.e. a compare/contrast, cause and effect, or argumentative assessment). Grammar Final language development test Final language development test Final language development test Final language development test Final language development test Study skills None None None None Ongoing assessment, utilising various tests, will be undertaken for each study skill such 17 HE Certificate in Business Studies Programme Proposal Form as computer and presentation skills. No summative assessments are planned for this element of the course which will vary according to the needs of the cohort. 18 HE Certificate in Business Studies Programme Proposal Form 19
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