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ENG1511/501/3/2013

Tutorial letter 501/3/2013
English Proficiency for University Studies

ENG1511
Semesters 1 & 2
Department of English Studies
IMPORTANT INFORMATION: This tutorial letter contains important information about your module.

ENG1511/501

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1 2 3 4 5 Preface .......................................................................................................................................... iii UNIT 1: Critical thinking ............................................................................................................... 1 UNIT 2: Language proficiency for University ........................................................................... 16 UNIT 3: Reading strategies ........................................................................................................ 87 UNIT 4: Writing academic texts ............................................................................................... 102

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PREFACE
Welcome to ENG1511 (English Proficiency for University Studies). As the name suggests, we hope that this module will help develop your proficiency in English so you are ready to study at university. What sort of student do we want to produce by the end of this module? In other words, what outcomes do we expect? The most important outcome for this module is that the student should demonstrate that she or he has become a more effective communicator (especially within the distance-learning context at Unisa) who actively seeks to improve her or his knowledge of grammar by using the language in communication situations (for listening, speaking, reading and writing).

LEARNING OUTCOMES You will be glad to note that we have included the official and administrative information of the module for your perusal. 1 Module title Title (module code): English Proficiency for University Studies, ENG1511 2 Module level Level on the NQF: 5 3 Credit attached to the module 12 Credits 4 Field and sub-field of the module Field: English Language Sub-field: Language and Communication

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Purpose of the module This module aims to develop learners’ ability to read critically with comprehension and insight, improve their linguistic competence and develop their ability to write critically and logically. Students will engage with a range of texts including academic, literary and media texts. By the end of the module students should be able to command proficiency in listening, reading, critical thinking, writing and speaking skills. Students accredited with this module will be able to adapt more effectively to the challenges of the academic environment when studying in different academic fields, through the development of their listening, reading, speaking and writing skills. Learning assumed to be in place and recognition of prior learning The credit calculation is based on the assumption that students are already competent in terms of the following: Some of the students who will be admitted into the Higher Certificate would have obtained as low as 30% in the Language of learning and Teaching. These students will then be directed to the relevant programmes and interventions of English language proficiency and the Language of learning and teaching in the colleges. It is anticipated that students who do this module.

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Range statement for the whole module This module will enable first year students to gain a proficiency in English Language. They should be able to gain control of the formal and functional properties of English language such that they can express and comprehend meanings accurately, fluently, and appropriately according to the context. In addition, students should be able to analyse and interpret different texts. This general English language proficiency is a prerequisite for students to later focus on other modules that deal with English for Academic Purposes and/or Academic Literacy. Therefore, the module is aimed...
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