Introduction

This is the generic syllabus of the English Language Support Programme (ELSP) for UEA students.

For more information, see the ELSP page on the UEA website.

Online activities are gradually being added to the programme. So far these are only for Writing. (Click on the Writing tab for the links.)

Listening

Session Theme Learner Outcomes
1 Experiences of listening in English. Problems in listening Be able to identify and understand common difficulties in listening in English. Use this knowledge to focus on strategies for overcoming problems.
2 Discourse in talks – organisation of ideas Be able to identify common patterns of organisation of ideas commonly used in talks and lectures. Use this knowledge to improve comprehension using longer listening tasks.
3 Digressions in talks Understand the role of digression in natural speech. Be able to identify markers signalling digression and be able to use this to aid comprehension of lectures and longer speaking turns.
4 Listening to discussions I: Listening for gist Understand the importance of listening to the gist of what speakers are saying in multi-speaker discussions on topics relevant to their studies (e.g. seminars).
5 Listening to discussions II: Identifying point of view Be able to identify strong positions and the language of agreement and disagreement in multi-speaker discussions.

Pronunciation

Session Theme Learner Outcomes
1 Phonemes Raise awareness of phonemes in British English focusing on vowel sounds. Look at ways of developing independent learning strategies for improving pronunciation of phonemes.
2 Word stress Identify how spelling relates to phonological units in multi-syllable words. Recognise common stress patterns in two-syllable and multi-syllable words.
3 Sentence stress Identify how stress patterns at sentence level. Examine how stress can influence meaning in longer utterances.
4 Intonation Review how change in pitch can influence meaning in English. Practice common intonation patterns.
5 Connected speech Identify some key features of connected speech. Practice weak forms and liaison features of spoken English.

 

Reading

Session Theme Learner Outcomes
1 Strategies for improving comprehension Understand the importance of prediction in reading. Be able to use text clues to assist comprehension of academic articles.
2 Importance of vocabulary knowledge in reading Be aware of the relationship between vocabulary and reading comprehension. Understand the importance of general reading to improve vocabulary. Be able to use context and co-text to understand lexis.
3 Critical Reading I: Argument (position and reasoning) Understand what a critical approach to reading is. Be able to identify an argument in an academic text
4 Critical Reading II: Conclusions (explicit and implicit) Understand the difference between conclusions and overall argument. Be able to identify both explicit and implied conclusions within academic texts
5 Critical Reading III: Framing an issue Understand how figurative language is used to frame concepts/theories/ideologies. Be able to identify conceptual metaphor within academic texts.

Speaking

Session Theme Learner Outcomes
1 Experiences of learning English. Motivation for learning English Be aware of common difficulties in learning and speaking a second language. Be able to communicate and reflect on own difficulties. Understand the role of motivation in improving speaking ability.
2 Intercultural communication. Functional English Understand the inherent problems with communicating across cultures. Understand the functional aspect of communication and use associated strategies to speak more effectively.
3 Giving definitions/explanations Understand common ways of defining and explaining academic terms. Be able to define and explain abstract and complex terms using a variety of strategies.
4 Agreeing and Disagreeing Understand the conventions of agreeing and disagreeing in academic English. Be able to use language and strategies to contribute to discussions more effectively
5 Presenting Learn how to give an effective, clearly structured and designed presentation that elaborates on content and uses appropriate gestures, body language and visual aids. Learn how to recognise and respond to questions from the audience.

 

Writing

Session Theme Learner Outcomes Links
1 Academic style/Text types Understand the basic conventions of academic writing style. Be able to recognise the main types of written text that academic courses commonly require. Extra activities
2 Academic vocabulary Identify the difference between formal and informal vocabulary. Be able to use tools to help build up a working vocabulary for their discipline. Extra activities
3 Using sources of information Become familiar with the reasons and conventions for using other people’s work in your own writing. Understand the role of synthesis in using sources. Extra activities
4 Hedging Be aware of the use of and reasons for hedging in academic writing. Be able to understand and use hedging language in your own writing. Extra activities
5 Taking a critical approach Understand what defines a critical approach to writing. Be able to understand and use evaluative terms and phrases in your own writing. Extra activities