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Unit information: Pre-sessional 6 week course for undergraduate students in 2021/22

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Unit name Pre-sessional 6 week course for undergraduate students
Unit code LANG00025
Credit points 20
Level of study QCA-3
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Mr. Tony Prince
Open unit status Not open

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School/department Centre for Academic Language and Development
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

Both the online and on campus pre-sessional summer courses prepare students to meet their offer conditions in order to progress to further study at undergraduate or postgraduate level at Bristol. The course will focus on raising awareness of expectations in the UK Higher Education context and helping students develop their academic language and literacy skills. Students will be assessed on their development in key areas throughout the course.

The course is also open to offer holders who have met their language requirements but wish to continue developing their academic language and literacy skills in readiness for their studies.

The main aims of the Pre-sessional are:

  • to develop students’ ability to communicate in a range of academic contexts
  • to develop skills and strategies necessary to succeed in a UK higher education context
  • to help students meet the expectations of their chosen academic programmes at Bristol
  • to develop students’ ability to identify goals and monitor their learning in any context

Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of the pre-sessional course, you will be able to demonstrate

  1. development of skills and strategies to communicate effectively in academic contexts
  2. development of skills to access and critically question knowledge in academic contexts
  3. appropriate choices of content, organisation, and language to communicate with different audiences for different purposes
  4. development of autonomy through active reflection on feedback and self-evaluation to enact learning goals
  5. development as a collaborative participant in local and global communities of practice

Teaching Information

Whether you have chosen an on campus or online delivery mode for this course, it runs over 6 weeks and is taught in small groups of 12-16 students. In both the on campus and online courses you will spend half your time in a classroom (virtual or physical) with a small group of students and a teacher. The other half of your time will be spent working individually or collaboratively on guided or autonomous tasks.

You will be expected to take an active part in interactive classroom activities, including pair and group work, peer review, and presentations. You will also be asked to prepare in advance of the class and follow up with work to consolidate your learning.

One part of the course will use a problem-based learning approach which will allow you to demonstrate your ability to work collaboratively and think critically and creatively on an interdisciplinary real-world problem.

Another part of the course will help you to develop a portfolio of learning to demonstrate your progress towards meeting the expectations of your future studies.

Assessment Information

To progress, students must complete and submit

a. portfolio of weekly work completed including evidence of development in response to feedback (ILOs 1,2,3,4

b. problem Based Learning group output with evidence of participation in the process and product (ILO 5)

In addition, students must also submit

c. A video file of an individual presentation evidencing their development (ILOs 1,3,4)

Component a and b are on a pass /fail basis

Component c is assessed according to criteria (pass mark dependent on language profile requirements)


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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