Sussex Centre for Language Studies

English language electives for undergraduate degrees

The elective scheme is part of Sussex's interdisciplinary approach to teaching, and allows you an element of choice in customising your degree.

Most single-honours subjects across the arts, sciences and social sciences are offering electives, exceptions being where professional-body requirements do not provide sufficient space within the curriculum (e.g. law, accountancy, engineering ...). Under the electives system, you can spend 25 per cent of your study time each year studying a subject different to your major discipline. The electives below are offered as free-standing modules.

English in Academic Contexts

These modules are designed to address the specific needs of international students at intermediate (CEFR B2) and post-intermediate (CEFR C1) levels. English in Academic Contexts aims to familiarise such students with the conventions of academic English needed for tertiary study in a British university and to equip them with the language, accuracy and study skills necessary to follow a British degree programme.

The EAC modules are designed to enable you to further improve your language, and to provide further practice and development in your academic skills. You will work on tasks to develop your written and oral communication skills within the context of your own discipline as well as making use of English language materials and resources to help improve your academic language skills through a process of practice and critical reflection.

Teaching and Learning

Students on this course will be taught in weekly seminars. The course is a language development module with some focus on academic content. Formative feedback on academic speaking and writing is an integral part of the course. In order to receive the benefit of formative feedback on writing, students should meet the interim deadlines set by the tutor. Students will also be expected to read outside class time and undertake independent language study and practice outside of class time in order to progress in their communication and academic skills. Students' work will involve formative assessment with feedback on the accuracy and appropriacy of the English used and their awareness of the conventions requirements of different types of academic communication.

Communication in the Workplace

This module offers training in all the communication skills required to undertake academic business and professional studies and to participate or interact in business and other working environments. It will focus on the extended reading and writing skills required in essays, reports, assignments, and general business and professional communication. It will also offer training in the listening and speaking skills required to understand and contribute to seminars, tutorials and lectures on business and professional subjects and to prepare students for oral communication in business and professional practice, at an intermediate or post-intermediate level of English language competence.

This module is offered at intermediate level in the autumn term only, and at post-intermediate level in the spring term only. Please note that it is only suitable for speakers of English as an additional language.

Module learning outcomes

  • deal effectively with the reading and writing requirements of business and professional academic courses, including engaging in critical reading of relevant secondary sources, and developing well-structured and coherent written arguments at an advanced level of linguistic competence (Common European Framework of Reference, Level C1).
  • interpret and analyse extended texts (spoken or written) typically found in business and professional environments or courses.
  • create business and professional texts containing genre-specific language, at an advanced level of linguistic competence (CEFR Level C1), and showing awareness of cultural features.
  • present, discuss and summarise and discuss business-related information and issues in academic settings and professional speech events, at an advanced level of linguistic competence (CEFR Level C1).