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Module BIC-0022:
English for IIM Prep 1

Module Facts

Run by Marketing: Bangor International College

20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits

Semester 3


Overall aims and purpose

The aims of the module are to build on the existing English language ability of international students to prepare them for study at master’s level at Bangor University, in particular, to raise students’ measurable performance from a minimum of 5.5 IELTS to 6.0 IELTS or higher and to continue to increase linguistic competence and boost confidence in the use of English in the context of postgraduate studies. The approach of the module is to ensure that linguistic ability facilitates successful engagement in academic courses at level 7, to introduce students to the advanced skills of critical thinking, evaluation and creative engagement with study materials and to focus students on their need to develop as independent learners.

Course content

The module is structured as an intensive language and study skills course aimed at supporting students as they prepare for their postgraduate studies. This module builds on, extends and develops both language and academic study skills that the students already possess. Discourse channels are developed as specified in published IELTS band-descriptors, especially, for this module, IELTS band 6. The module seeks to consolidate and develop further oral and aural English language usage in order to encourage fluency and proficiency in pronunciation, effective note-taking from a lecture, contributions to debates and small-group discussions and presentation skills and oral discourse markers. The introduction of EAP skills in written language includes reading more complex academic texts and responding to comprehension questions, increasing reading speed; reading for gist, scanning and skimming, different written styles, purposes and contexts, basic summary, report and essay writing skills and the genre conventions of business texts, and the introduction of vocabulary building strategies and grammar usage within the context of Business Studies at postgraduate level. There is a basic introduction to British Culture The module also deals with a number of academic study skills, including understanding and avoiding plagiarism and introducing referencing, understanding language in different contexts - literature, the media and campus vocabulary, differentiating between fact and opinion/bias in writing, and time management.

Assessment Criteria


Excellent (A to A*) (70-100%) Demonstrate across all material and techniques studied an aptitude and secure understanding, and apply the study skills acquired with a high degree of competency


Good (C- to B+) (50-69%) Demonstrate across the most of the material and techniques studied a sound understanding and apply the study skills acquired well enough to communicate effectively and with a good degree of fluency


Threshold (D- to D+) (40-49%) Demonstrate a basic understanding of some of the material and techniques studied and apply the study skills developed sufficiently to attain a satisfactory standard and achieve a pass grade in the module.

Learning outcomes

  1. 4) Utilise and consolidate study skills within the general context of UK culture and more specifically of higher education in the UK

  2. 2) Develop basic skills in reading for comprehension, meaning and gist

  3. 1) Listen for gist, detail and specific information and take retrievable notes from a lecture

  4. 5) Write sentences and paragraphs using factual information, and on academic discursive topic

  5. 3) Develop strategies for paraphrasing and summarising from academic texts, utilising referencing techniques

  6. 6) Develop verbal fluency by expressing thoughts and ideas around business issues

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
coursework written 20
coursework spoken 20
final exam 60

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Practical classes and workshops

Small class sizes allows the teacher to deliver, monitor and support language development and improved confidence. Students will interact in pairs, groups and as a whole class

Private study

Students will be encouraged to develop as independent learners and use the resources of the university to further extend their studies


Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
  • Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
  • 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
  • Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others

Subject specific skills

Use English Language to participate, express views and present arguments in spoken and written forms


Resource implications for students

Purchase of Core Textbook

Reading list

Core Texts Cotton, D., Falvey, D. and Kent, S Market Leader (Upper Intermediate) Longman

Supplementary material

McCormack, J. and Watkins, S. EAS Speaking Garnet Education: Reading Pallant, A. EAS Writing Garnet Education: Reading Slaght, J. EAS Reading Garnet Education: Reading

Courses including this module

Compulsory in courses: