Module code: ELA3010

Module Overview

This is a FHEQ Level 6 module for English for International Communication. It is taught over Autumn and Spring semesters, with contact hours arranged individually between student and supervisor. One hour per week over both semesters for oral practice.


Module provider

School of Literature and Languages

Module Leader

BOND Anita (Lit & Langs)

Number of Credits: 30

ECTS Credits: 15

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

JACs code: X210

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Year long

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • Students are encouraged to relate their topic to their work or study experience abroad and/or to their combined subject/s, although this is not compulsory.

  • The subject should be chosen before or during the PT year, and must be approved by a potential supervisor. The subject can then be more clearly defined after consultation with the supervisor.

  • Materials and information should be researched/gathered during the time on placement, where relevant.

  • All aspects of making a presentation will be covered, including capturing and keeping the audience’s attention; aspects of non-verbal communication; timing and time-keeping; use of media.

  • Topics for presentation and discussion will be chosen from various specialised and non-specialised fields relevant to students’ academic and professional interests and future careers. 

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework DISSERTATION (8000 WORDS) 70
Oral exam or presentation ORAL PRESENTATION AND DISCUSSION 30

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate

•           Knowledge and understanding of the use of the target language;

•           Ability to develop and defend a sound argument;

•           Ability to select and synthesise information from written and oral texts;

•           Ability to take notes effectively and use IT skills to find and present relevant information;

•           Subject-specific knowledge of a specific area related to English for Intercultural Communication.



Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • Dissertation (8000 words). This enables the student to demonstrate their research skills, ability to write accurate academic English, presentation skills, and depth of understanding and knowledge of their subject.

  • Oral presentation and discussion (15 minutes). Enables students to demonstrate their ability to speak fluently in accurate academic English on their chosen subject, and engage in discussion with unknown audience on the subject.



Formative assessment and feedback


Formative assessment will focus on student participation and class discussions throughout the module. Students will be provided with detailed written feedback following coursework assignments. Verbal feedback will also occur in class and individual appointments if required.

Module aims

  • Allow students to research in detail an area of English studies that really interests them. It provides the opportunity to extend both research and writing skills in English.
  • Build on the communication skills and oral proficiency acquired during the PT year.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Have developed organisational and time-management skills; PT
002 Have developed the ability to write extensively in English in an academic register; CPT
003 Have worked independently to gather data from various sources; PT
004 learnt to use a variety of sources, including primary sources, to research a given topic; PT
005 Have improved presentational skills in producing the bound dissertation; PT
006 Have improved referencing and formatting skills; PT
007 Have greatly improved their written and oral communication skills; KPT
008 Be able to give a formal oral presentation to an unknown and informed audience; PT
009 Have developed strategies to handle questions confidently and engage in discussions successfully with an informed audience PT
010 Have achieved a high level of accuracy and flexibility in spoken and written English KPT
011 Have acquired an in-depth knowledge of the subject area researched; KC
012 Have acquired research skills necessary to write an informed dissertation. KPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 278

Seminar Hours: 22

Methods of Teaching / Learning


The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:


  • Enable students to develop their language skills as a medium for understanding, expression and communication, through listening, speaking, reading and writing in the target language;

  • Enable students to deepen explicit knowledge of the linguistic structures, grammar and stylistic registers through reading in the target language;

  • Encourage student participation and learner autonomy, through small group classes, and independent research;

  • Develop research skills, through reading and presenting findings, through informal class presentations and in the dissertation;

  • Enable students to engage in analytical and evaluative thinking, to analyse and interpret texts and other cultural products, through individual research.

  • Develop communication skills through interactions in class;

  • Acquire an in-depth knowledge of the subject under investigation.


The learning and teaching methods include:


  • Students have two scheduled meetings per semester with their supervisor in order to discuss ideas, and for the supervisor to give feedback on draft sections of the dissertation.

  • Advice may be given by email, when the student is on placement, and is in the process of choosing a topic, or carrying out research.

  • One contact hour per teaching week in Autumn and Spring semesters for oral presentation practice. Classes will be conducted entirely in English. Students are encouraged to participate actively in a variety of exercises designed to enhance their oral proficiency and presentation skills. Emphasis will be on self- and peer-feedback.


Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list

Reading list for ENGLISH DISSERTATION AND ADVANCED ORAL SKILLS : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/ela3010

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2018/9 academic year.