Academic English modules

Undergraduate

4ALDS001W Academic Language for Disciplinary Study 4

One semester, 20 Credits at Credit Level 4

This module is for first year undergraduate students.  It will help you develop your linguistic competence in academic contexts, focusing on the level 4 skills of interpretation and evaluation.  The module will also help you acquire the necessary learning tools for academic development, including the ability to produce coherent and sound argumentation using the appropriate style and register required in your academic discipline. You will learn how to integrate information from a variety of academic sources into essays and presentations. In this module you will be given extensive guidance and feedback on every stage of the researching and writing process.

5ALDS001W Academic Language for Disciplinary Study 5

One semester, 20 Credits at Credit Level 5

This module is for second year undergraduate students. It will help you develop your critical skills and language ability, focusing on the level 5 skills of critical understanding, analysis and evaluation. You will learn how to integrate your own empirical research findings into written and spoken reports. In this module you will be given extensive guidance and feedback on every stage of the researching and writing process.

6ALDS001W Academic Language for Disciplinary Study 6

One semester, 20 Credits at Credit Level 5

This module is for third year undergraduate students. It will help you develop your critical skills and analytical ability, focusing on the level 6 skills of critical understanding, analysis, evaluation and synthesis of conceptually complex information. You will learn how to critically evaluate the latest research findings in your academic discipline, and incorporate complex argumentation and reasoning into written and spoken texts. In this module you will be given extensive guidance and feedback on every stage of the researching and writing process.

Note: Academic Language for Disciplinary Study 4, 5 and 6 are available to both home and overseas students who have a free choice module.  These modules run in both semester 1 and 2.

4ESOL001W Academic Spoken Communication Skills for International Students

One semester, 20 credits at Credit Level 4 

This module is for International, Exchange or Study Abroad students, and specifically covers aspects of oral communication that you need to employ in both an academic and work environment. The skills covered include those required to participate effectively in discussions, interviews, presentations, seminars and meetings.

Postgraduate

7ALDS001W Academic Language for Disciplinary Study 7

One semester, 20 credits at Credit Level 7* 

This module will enable you to develop your language ability in an academic context in order to cope more effectively with your postgraduate studies. Working specifically with materials relevant to your academic discipline, you will acquire the necessary learning tools for academic language development and linguistic accuracy. You will learn how to critically evaluate the latest research findings in your academic discipline, and incorporate complex argumentation and reasoning into written and spoken texts

This course has classes that run in both semester 1 and 2.

*Although this module formally carries 20 credits, these credits do not count towards students’ final award in their discipline.

Doctoral Research Students 

8ALDS001W Academic English for Doctoral Researchers

This is an Academic English module for doctoral researchers in the first semester of your second year of a PhD. The module has two purposes: firstly, to help you to identify and correct mistakes in your written English, and secondly, to develop your academic writing specifically in relation to your ability to manage the advanced writing needed in your own discipline. The module is open to both home and international students, and will be funded by the Doctoral School if recommended by your supervisor.

There will be four taught sessions in semester 1 followed by three individual tutorials in semester 2. 

Undergraduate students work together outdoors

Westminster Professional Language Centre

Westminster Professional Language Centre at the University of Westminster