Academic English (EAS1040)

15 credits


This module will introduce you to the conventions and practices of studying English at undergraduate level, promoting independent learning, critical thinking and advanced writing skills and enabling you to perfect your abilities as a close reader. You will work closely with an experienced academic who will guide you through the term, as you perfect the skills you will need as advanced students of literature. The module will encourage you to think about literary form, style and convention, about historical and cultural contexts and about a range of approaches to literary analysis. As importantly, this module will provide you with a strong foundation in the essential skills that you will need throughout your university career, including the ability to engage thoughtfully with literary texts, to select and evaluate secondary and / or critical material, to structure a clear argument, to devise a methodology, to hone a thesis statement, and to present and reference your work according to established academic standards. The module culminates in an independent essay project which enables you to pursue your own academic interests, complements your work on other modules in the first year and prepares you for the next steps in your degree.