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English for University Success - Course details

English for University Success, Part 1

The first module of the English for University Success course is designed to prepare learners to succeed in a tertiary context by having them participate in academic activities that foster learning English for academic purposes.

Some highlights of the course include the following:

  • Introduction to the tertiary experience
  • Understanding lectures
  • Note-taking
  • Participating in group discussions
  • Expressing ideas in writing
  • Using resources
  • Connecting lectures to texts
  • Helpful study tips

Assessment will be on-going and includes the submission of a portfolio of work consisting of various types of writing which reflect the students’ strengths and developments in this area. The final assessment gauges achievement in listening, speaking and grammar. In order to obtain a certificate of competence, learners must achieve an overall average of 60%.

The course length is 377 notional study hours with a total of 40 teaching hours. The content of this course is aligned with NQF 5. Learners will be pre-assessed or complete pre-requisite coursework in order to determine their English readiness to take these modules.

English for University Success, Part 2

The second module of the course builds on the foundation of knowledge gained in the first module. It is designed to prepare learners to succeed in tertiary contexts with a focus on advanced reading and writing skills and on using higher order cognitive skills to analyse, evaluate and synthesise information. Some highlights of the course include the following:

  • Reading extended texts
  • Skimming and scanning texts for relevant information
  • Writing with a purpose, such as summary, opinion, exposition and persuasion
  • The structure of research papers
  • Editing of one’s own work
  • Avoiding plagiarism
  • Advanced grammar points such as prepositions, articles, concord and clauses
  • Developing critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Research using online resources
  • Test-taking techniques

The course length is 377 notional study hours with a total of 40 teaching hours. The content of this course is aligned with NQF 5. Learners will be pre-assessed or complete pre-requisite coursework in order to determine their English readiness to take these modules.


 
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