BDIC1048J English Gen Academic Purposes at BDIC

Academic Year 2024/2025

BDIC1048J - English for General Academic Purposes specifically aims to develop students' academic English and study skills, with a view to preparing them for independent study in English on their degree programmes.

There is a focus throughout the semester on the UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals. In this context, students develop their English vocabulary and grammar for general academic purposes. They learn useful collocations and idioms, how to use vocabulary precisely, and strategies for dealing with unfamiliar vocabulary. They become familiar with the grammar patterns they are most likely to encounter in academic and semi-academic texts, and work on overcoming common grammar errors.

Classes integrate the key skills of Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. Students learn how to listen for key information in day-to-day conversations and to take notes from lectures on topics of general interest. They gain experience of listening to a range of accents and develop strategies for coping with fast or unclear speech. When reading, they learn how to skim for the main idea of a text, to scan for specific information, and to read closely in order to understand more complex ideas.

Meanwhile, they develop their writing skills at the level of sentence, paragraph and whole text. There is an emphasis on how to structure their writing through the effective use of thesis statements and topic sentences supported by explanations and examples. They learn how to write factual, descriptive texts in response to visual data, and how to write a report. They learn how to write under time pressure and without relying upon translation software or other aids.

In terms of speaking, students will work on fluency, pronunciation, and organizing what they say. They will gain experience of presenting their views on issues of general academic interest, and of interacting in seminar-style discussions of more abstract topics. All classes work towards a further aim of helping students to develop their critical thinking skills.

Classes are taught in small groups of around 15 students. In addition to developing language skills, classroom activities will support the development of students’ academic study competences and independent language learning strategies. Students will often be expected to work collaboratively in class.

Materials and assessments for the module are designed with reference to B2 descriptors of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) and The British Association of Lecturers in English for Academic Purposes (BALEAP)’s ‘can-do’ framework for EAP syllabus design and assessment.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to:

- accurately use a wide enough range of vocabulary to write and speak about topics of general academic interest.
- accurately use simple and complex sentence structures in writing and speaking.
- research, plan and write an essay on a topic of general academic interest.
- write well-structured essays with thesis statements and clear paragraphs with topic sentences and supporting details.
- listen for main ideas and key points in short conversations and lectures, even when the pace is fast
- employ reading strategies (skimming, scanning etc.) to understand the main ideas and key points of texts
- speak clearly and fluently about a range of general academic topics.
- use effective strategies to enhance their academic language knowledge and skills independently.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Small Group




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Teaching and Learning is student-oriented, emphasising active/task-based learning; peer and group work; lectures; critical writing; reflective learning; class discussions; and student presentations. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Exam (In-person): Timed Writing exam - description and analysis of data (mid-term and final). End of trimester
1 hr(s)
Graded No


Individual Project: Presentation -- reporting findings of a research project completed through the semester on one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Week 15 Graded No


Exam (In-person): Reading exam (mid-term and final) End of trimester
1 hr(s)
Graded No


Exam (In-person): Listening exam (mid-term and final) End of trimester
1 hr(s)
Graded No



Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Peer review activities
• Self-assessment activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Not yet recorded.

Name Role
Dr Stephen Kelly Lecturer / Co-Lecturer