CDIC1007W English 1

Academic Year 2022/2023

OVSE1003W English for University Studies is designed for students who have embarked on the first trimester of their dual undergraduate degree programme at Chang'an University. The module aims to help students develop their English language proficiency in the context of university study and prepare them for the tasks they will face while doing an English-medium higher education degree.
The content is organised around themes that reflect key aspects of university life in the early stages. The core skills of listening, reading, speaking, and writing are linked around each theme, and emphasis is placed on the functions and language required for different communicative purposes.
More specifically, the listening component of the course focuses on the listening comprehension strategies students need when participating in group discussions and attending lectures and gives students practice in concurrent note-taking and listening. The reading tasks expose students to a variety of texts and introduce different reading purposes and strategies, note-taking and summarising and synthesizing information from different sources. The writing classes are designed to help students write definitions, purpose statements, short texts, and responses to (exam) questions drawing upon information from a reading passage. Students will have the opportunity to develop their speaking skills by giving oral summaries and short presentations (on topics of social and general academic interest) and through participation in group discussions. The course also helps students to expand the range and improve the accuracy of lexis and grammatical structures they use in written and spoken texts.
In addition to focusing on the above language-related skills, classroom tasks and activities support students' development of academic study competencies, independent language learning strategies and critical thinking skills.
This module will be delivered via small group teaching with classes having a maximum of 20 students. Students are expected to work collaboratively as well as to engage in various independent study tasks throughout the course. They will be strongly encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning and use strategies for improving specific language skills independently.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to:
- Understand information encountered in conversations at university and academic lectures
- Apply different reading skills and strategies
- Make effective notes during a lecture and when reading academic texts and use notes to summarise information
- Produce short written texts on topics of personal and general academic interest (e.g. an email, an opinion essay, a report on data) - Participate in group discussions and deliver short presentations on topics of social and academic interest
- Use appropriate language for different functional purposes
- Use effective strategies to enhance their language knowledge and skills

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Small Group


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lectures, critical writing 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Exclusions:

This module is delivered overseas and is not available to students based at the UCD Belfield or UCD Blackrock campuses.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Continuous Assessment: Based on participation, interaction, response to feedback, and progress throughout the semester. Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Examination: Final Reading and Listening Examination 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Graded No


Class Test: Mid-Term Reading & Listening Assessment. Week 10 n/a Graded No


Essay: Argument Essay based on a source. Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Oral Examination: Group Discussion Unspecified n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
In-Module Resit Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

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Name Role
Dr Stephen Kelly Lecturer / Co-Lecturer