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Unit information: Academic Reading and Writing in 2021/22

Unit name Academic Reading and Writing
Unit code LANG10008
Credit points 10
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Ms. Katherine High
Open unit status Not open




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


This unit is an optional 10-credit unit offered as part of the Learning, English and Academic Development provision for current students. It is designed for students who have met the University’s minimum English language entry requirements and wish to further develop their competence in reading and writing in English for academic purposes at C1 / C2 level.

In terms of reading, students will develop skills that enable them to more effectively evaluate texts according to their research purposes, to navigate useful texts efficiently, and to extract key information from them.

In terms of their writing, students will develop a better understanding of the features of academic English generally, and the forms it takes in different subjects. Students will apply this understanding to their own writing producing texts that summarise their reading, synthesising evidence, examples and opinion into an original text.

There is a focus on the requirements and expectations of study in the UK higher education, both in terms of gathering information and making use of it, demonstrating critical thinking, creativity and originality of thought.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Read academic texts efficiently, effectively and evaluatively

2. Manage the knowledge acquired through reading so as to contribute effectively to future study

3. Summarise and synthesise their knowledge into an original text that demonstrates critical thinking

4. Produce a text that exhibits the features and follows the conventions of academic English for the appropriate audience and purpose

5. Produce a text that demonstrates a clear stance in relation to other texts, incorporating sources and evidence to support that stance

Teaching details

Combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions based on Blackboard VLE involving practical task-based work.

Assessment Details

Summative assessments:

Short Answer Questions: Critical Response to a Set Text, 200-250 words, (50%) [ILOs 1, 2, 3, 4]

Short Comparative Critical Response, 500 words, (50%) [ILOs 1, 2, 4, 5]


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