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Module QXS-4003:
Ad. Vocabulary Use & Reading

Module Facts

Run by School of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics

10 Credits or 5 ECTS Credits

Semester 2

Organiser: Mr Andrew Salter

Overall aims and purpose

This module, available only to non-native speakers of English, aims to enable students to widen their range of academic, topic-related and social vocabulary. This helps them to improve the quality of their writing through appropriate vocabulary choice and correct usage. The reading elements of the module enable students to enhance their ability to identify main points in text and to paraphrase effectively. This enables them to synthesise material from several sources and incorporate it correctly into their own written work in an appropriate style. Students practise techniques to increase their reading speed and are encouraged to raise their awareness of style and genre in text and to recognise the force of implication and hedging in understanding the authors intent and meaning.

Course content

This course is suitable for Non-native speakers of English with an IELTS of less than 7.0


Pass 50% A students has achieved a good standard of English language competence in reading and writing skills in coursework and examination related to the learning outcomes above (equivalent to IELTS 6.5). Reading speed still has room for development and there is some difficulty in identifying and using key points from text. Notes may, therefore, show a few omissions. Appreciation of text force is limited but increasing in depth. There is evidence of appreciable development and usage of vocabulary expansion in different contexts.


Excellent 70% A student has achieved an excellent standard of English language competence in reading and writing skills in coursework and examination related to the learning outcomes above (equivalent to IELTS 7.0 or above). A student is a competent, effective reader of English with a good appreciation of all aspects of text. Notes are comprehensive, accurate and well organised. Vocabulary usage is appropriate to function and is wide in range and complexity, resulting in very good academic written discourse.

Learning outcomes

  1. On successful completion of this module, students will:

    1. Be able to read, understand and appraise a variety of written styles.
    2. Demonstrate appropriate vocabulary use in academic writing.
    3. Demonstrate a broad knowledge of English words and expressions.
    4. Be able to identify the main points in reading texts and incorporate them into their own written work, using appropriate paraphrase.
    5. Be able to take notes from reading and use the notes for effective paraphrase.
    6. Have increased their reading speed.
    7. Be able to synthesise material into their written work from a variety of sources.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
Vocabulary Use & Reading Exam 40
Assignment 1 30
Assignment 2 30

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Seminar 100

Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
  • Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting

Courses including this module

Compulsory in courses:

Optional in courses: