ILFN06017 2016 English as a Foreign Language 1

General Details

Full Title
English as a Foreign Language 1
Transcript Title
English as a Foreign Language 1
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Subject Area
ILFN - International Foundation
MKTS - Marketing, Tourism & Sport
06 - NFQ Level 6
15 - 15 Credits
Start Term
2016 - Full Academic Year 2016-17
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
John Weir
Programme Membership
SG_BINTE_F06 202000 Level 6 Certificate in International Foundation Studies

This subject aims to enable students to develop the language skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking, in order to communicate effectively and confidently in a range of everyday, academic and employment situations through the medium of English. It also provides students with a more extensive knowledge of the business culture of the English−speaking world.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


On successful completion of this module the learner will/should be able to:

Demonstrate the ability to interact with academic content to develop reading, listening, writing and speaking skills in order to communicate in a wide range of academic and employment situations e.g. group collaboration; facilitating meetings; negotiation; interviewing and presenting for interview etc.


Make and evaluate oral presentations with an awareness of structure, pronunciation, body language and grammatical accuracy.


Apply the skills and strategies of a successful listener.


Recognise and employ a variety of written formats relevant to professional development and practice.


Recognise and evaluate the influence of culture in academic and employment situations.


Raise their linguistic competency to IELTS 5 or equivalent.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Students participate in an active learning environment.  Active Learning may be described as anything that students do in a classroom other than merely passively listening to an instructor's lecture. It has been shown that active learning improves students' understanding and retention of information and can be very effective in developing higher order cognitive skills such as problem solving and critical thinking. 

Module Assessment Strategies

Assessment Strategy

A clear assessment strategy can complement a statement of intended learning outcomes and aid its interpretation by learners.

Students will participate actively in their own learning through oral and written presentations, role plays, case studies, problem−based learning and class feedback. Self−study techniques, such as learning logs/homework, will chart students' written work and allow them to reflect on their learning progress. Appropriate use will be made of oral and aural aids such as video and audio material in preparation for oral assessment. The primary methodology will make use of group work, pair work and individual monitoring of students to identify special grammar/vocabulary needs.

Repeat Assessments

Closed-book exam

Indicative Syllabus

Oral Communication

1.1 Apply and practice oral techniques of voice work and body language.

1.2 Demonstrate oral presentation techniques emphasising structure, delivery and content.

1.3 Identify and utilise methods to overcome anxiety.

1.4 Appraise and evaluate peer presentations, recognising importance of active listening and constructive feedback.

1.5 Dramatise through role−plays the language of negotiation, agreement, conflict resolution, assertiveness.


Written Communication

2.1 Practise effective writing style and register to meet academic and employment needs.

2.2 Research, design and prepare documentation relevant to academic and professional writing, e.g. letter, essay, research proposal, minutes, press release, memo.

2.3 Identify and apply the principles of practical report/essay writing with accurate referencing of sources.

2.4 Practise free composition concentrating on accuracy of language and expression.


Fundamentals of Language

3.1 Reading skills − skim, scan, summarise, compare written passages for general academic and exam purposes.  Make inferences and predictions based on text.

3.2 Listening skills − listen for gist, take notes, transfer information.  Make use of contextual clues to infer meanings of unfamiliar words from context. Discuss and respond to content of a lecture or listening passage orally and/or in writing.

3.3 Structure and grammar − Demonstrate through practice and drill the correct use of e.g. tenses, reported speech, prepositions, conditional clauses etc.


Cultural Studies and Critical Thinking

4.1 Review television, online and pre−recorded materials accompanied by suitable didactic materials to increase vocabulary, encourage debate and focus on elements of culture and business.

4.2 Compare Irish customs and business conventions with those of other cultures. Distinguish professional protocol − forms of address; making contact, touch behaviour, gestures.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
50 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
50 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Oral communication Continuous Assessment Performance Evaluation 10 % OnGoing 1,2,3,5,6
2 Listening Continuous Assessment Multiple Choice 20 % End of Semester 1,3,5,6
3 Presentations Continuous Assessment Performance Evaluation 20 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Final Exam Final Exam Closed Book Exam 50 % End of Term 1,4,5,6

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Flat Classroom Lecture and collaborative learning 7 Weekly 7.00
Lecture Flat Classroom Group exercises aligned with theory input 7 Weekly 7.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 14.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2009-08-01 New Inside Out. Upper Intermediate. Student's Book MacMillan Education, Limited
ISBN 023000914X ISBN-13 9780230009141

Book by Kay, Sue

Recommended Reading
New Inside Out. Upper-Intermediate. Workbook
ISBN 3195129701 ISBN-13 9783195129701
Recommended Reading
2005-07-07 Practical English Usage Oxford University Press
ISBN 0194420981 ISBN-13 9780194420983

This unique reference guide addresses problem points in the language as encountered by learners and their teachers. It gives information and advice that is practical, clear, reliable, and easy to find. Most of the book is about grammar, but it also covers selected points of vocabulary, idioms, style, pronunciation, and spelling.

Over 600 concise, authoritative entries.

Explanations and examples based on current corpus research.

Entries on "kinds of English," covering standard English and dialects, correctness, spoken and written English, formality, and variation and change.

Recommended Reading
2013-02-13 Direct to IELTS Student's Book (- Key) + Webcode Pack Macmillan Education
ISBN 0230439934 ISBN-13 9780230439931

Direct to IELTS is a concise and practical course combining print and online materials to prepare students efficiently for all formats of the IELTS exam. The accompanying website contains four computer-based practice tests and downloadable workbook-style material, accessed through a unique code found at the back of the Student's Book. Written by IELTS experts, this is a fool-proof, fast-track to IELTS confidence. Key features of the Student's Book and Website: Short and compact topic-based units cover the skills required for all formats of the IELTS exam plus grammar and vocabulary build up Writing Bank provides detailed and focussed practice including all task-types found in the writing exam and annotated model answers Website includes four computer-based practice tests, written by an experienced exam item writer, as well as downloadable worksheets to accompany the Student's Book

Recommended Reading
2013-09-15 Headway 3 Academic Skills Reading and Writing Student Book (Headway Academic Skills) Oxford University Press
ISBN 0194741613 ISBN-13 9780194741613

Headway Academic Skills can be used independently, or alongside a general English coursebook such as New Headway or New Headway Plus.

Designed for students moving on to academic studies or for those on a foundation programme, the series focuses on improving students' academic skills by:

-Developing the specific skills required for academic studies through a wide range of topics relevant to higher education.
-Exploring strategies to help students with new vocabulary, and to record, vary, and build their vocabulary.
-Offering guidance in undertaking research, and in acknowledging sources.
-Providing plenty of guided practice as well as freer practice to encourage learner independence.

Recommended Reading
2010-02-01 The Complete Guide to Referencing and Avoiding Plagiarism (Open Up Study Skills) Open University Press
ISBN 0335241034 ISBN-13 9780335241033

  • Why is accurate referencing important?
  • How do I reference sources correctly?
  • What must I do to avoid plagiarism in my written work?
  • How can I use referencing to assert my own ideas?

    This excellent new edition of The Complete Guide to Referencing and Avoiding Plagiarism continues to demystify the referencing process and provide essential guidance to make sure you are not committing plagiarism. It provides clear guidelines on why and when to reference as well as how to correctly cite from a huge range of sources.

    Tackling all the main forms of referencing - Harvard, APA, MLA and Numerical referencing styles - in an accessible and comprehensive manner, you'll want to dip into this book time and again. A unique feature of the book is the comparisons it makes between different referencing styles, which are shown side-by-side. This provides a useful guide, particularly for students on combined studies courses who may be expected to use two, and sometimes three, different referencing styles.

    This new edition offers:

  • A detailed guide to referencing electronic sources and choosing reliable internet sites
  • Additional frequently asked questions and answers
  • Research findings of student perceptions of referencing
  • Cases of referencing in practice by real students
  • Examples of referencing in action
  • Exercises and quizzes to test your knowledge
  • Advice on the use of referencing management software

    The Complete Guide to Referencing and Avoiding Plagiarism is essential reading for all students and professionals who need to use referencing in academic writing to reflect their own ideas, constructively apply the work of others, and to avoid plagiarism.

  • Recommended Reading
    2014-01-13 Writing Research Papers: A Complete Guide, 15th Edition Pearson
    ISBN 0321952952 ISBN-13 9780321952950

    The definitive research paper guide, Writing Research Papers combines a traditional and practical approach to the research process with the latest information on electronic research and presentation.


    This market-leading text provides students with step-by-step guidance through the research writing process, from selecting and narrowing a topic to formatting the finished document. Writing Research Papers backs up its instruction with the most complete array of samples of any writing guide of this nature. The text continues its extremely thorough and accurate coverage of citation styles for a wide variety of disciplines. The fourteenth edition maintains Lester's successful approach while bringing new writing and documentation updates to assist the student researcher in keeping pace with electronic sources.

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    Dictionary and grammar resources.

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