Summer School: English Language

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English Language modules

The University of Sussex reserves the right to cancel modules due to staff availability, student demand, minimum enrolment, or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.

Session One 

  • English Skills for Academic and Professional Environments 1

    Module code: IS410

    Available to students where English is not their first language. This module is for students with an interest in Business and who are looking to develop and apply key academic skills to help them progress in this area of study. This module offers training in research and communication skills necessary for further academic study.

    The distinctive focal point of the module is the personal & academic development you will gain, developing subject-specific skills in essay writing, critical reading and researching.

    There will be guided research projects from expertise on topics such as Corporate Social Responsibility, Globalisation and Digital Media Marketing. Through these projects, you will learn how to use and apply key academic skills such as critical reading, researching and essay writing to produce a portfolio of work that centres on one of these specific business themes. You will engage with audio and text-based content, in order to help carry out your independent research projects using the library resources.

    You will also be trained in, and will practise, the listening and speaking skills required to understand and contribute to seminars, lectures and tutorials typically found in higher education settings.

    Learning outcomes:

    • Identify, interpret and analyse the key arguments of relevant subject-specific sources to support the communication of the student’s own well-structured coherent arguments
    • Produce oral discourse and genres typically found in subject-specific academic and professional environments (at B2 level or above)
    • Create texts containing discipline-specific language, form and rhetorical features that communicate arguments effectively (at B2 level or above).

    Teaching method: Seminars and tutorials
    Assessment: 70% coursework, 30% presentation
    Contact hours: 40 hours

  • Intercultural Skills for Effective Workplace Communication 

    Module code: IS412

    This module is suited for students who are looking at careers in global industries, as they will foster flexibility in thinking, encourage empathy, and help to gain an awareness of others.

    This module will provide you with the opportunity to explore your intercultural awareness and develop your ability to communicate effectively across cultures. It module will introduce theories regarding intercultural communication and focus on different aspects of working in multicultural contexts where cultural knowledge and assumptions influence effective communication.

    The study of intercultural communication is a growing field of inter-disciplinary research, spanning a number of disciplines including Linguistics, Sociology, Psychology and Business. You will gain a global insight into the workplace, identifying and reflecting on how aspects of cultural diversity may influence communication in workplace scenarios. Throughout this module, you will examine a wide range of workplace communicative situations (e.g. email correspondence with clients; service encounters; negotiating with potential clients; managing relationships with colleagues) and business case studies (e.g. how business adapts advertisements for different markets). The theoretical analysis of local and global business case studies will support your intercultural skills needed for successful communication in diverse professional environments.

    Through participation in discussions, simulations, presentations and research projects, you will reflect on and develop your own communication. You will be expected to research and critically engage with the theories and apply the knowledge gained to small-scale practical project(s).

    Learning outcomes:

    • Examine and analyse concepts of culture and intercultural communication in relation to diverse professional contexts
    • Identify and reflect on workplace situations where aspects of cultural diversity may impact on communication
    • Apply theoretical knowledge to gain a deeper understanding of diverse workplace scenarios
    • Demonstrate self-awareness and other-awareness when analysing intercultural encounters and examining the impact of cultural backgrounds on different communication styles.

    Teaching method: Fieldwork, seminars and workshops
    Assessment: 50% essay, 20% report, 20% presentation, 10% observation
    Contact hours: 42 hours

Session Two

  • English Skills for Academic and Professional Environments 2

    Module code: IS411

    Available to students where English is not their first language. This module is for students with an interest in Business and who are looking to develop and apply key academic skills to help them progress in this area of study. This module offers training in research and communication skills necessary for further academic study.

    The distinctive focal point of the module is the personal & academic development you will gain, developing subject-specific skills in essay writing, critical reading and researching.

    There will be guided research projects from expertise on topics such as Corporate Social Responsibility, Globalisation and Digital Media Marketing. Through these projects, you will learn how to use and apply key academic skills such as critical reading, researching and essay writing to produce a portfolio of work that centres on one of these specific business themes. You will engage with audio and text-based content, in order to help carry out your independent research projects using the library resources.

    You will also be trained in, and will practise, the listening and speaking skills required to understand and contribute to seminars, lectures and tutorials typically found in higher education settings.

    Learning outcomes:

    • Identify, interpret and analyse the key arguments of relevant subject-specific sources to support the communication of the student’s own well-structured coherent arguments
    • Produce oral discourse and genres typically found in subject-specific academic and professional environments (at B2 level or above)
    • Create texts containing discipline-specific language, form and rhetorical features that communicate arguments effectively (at B2 level or above).

    Teaching method: Seminars and tutorials
    Assessment: 70% coursework, 30% presentation
    Contact hours: 40 hours

  • Intercultural Skills for Effective Workplace Communication 2

    Module code: IS413

    This module is suited for students who are looking at careers in global industries, as they will foster flexibility in thinking, encourage empathy, and help to gain an awareness of others.

    This module will provide you with the opportunity to explore your intercultural awareness and develop your ability to communicate effectively across cultures. It module will introduce theories regarding intercultural communication and focus on different aspects of working in multicultural contexts where cultural knowledge and assumptions influence effective communication.

    The study of intercultural communication is a growing field of inter-disciplinary research, spanning a number of disciplines including Linguistics, Sociology, Psychology and Business. You will gain a global insight into the workplace, identifying and reflecting on how aspects of cultural diversity may influence communication in workplace scenarios. Throughout this module, you will examine a wide range of workplace communicative situations (e.g. email correspondence with clients; service encounters; negotiating with potential clients; managing relationships with colleagues) and business case studies (e.g. how business adapts advertisements for different markets). The theoretical analysis of local and global business case studies will support your intercultural skills needed for successful communication in diverse professional environments.

    Through participation in discussions, simulations, presentations and research projects, you will reflect on and develop your own communication. You will be expected to research and critically engage with the theories and apply the knowledge gained to small-scale practical project(s).

    Learning outcomes:

    • Examine and analyse concepts of culture and intercultural communication in relation to diverse professional contexts
    • Identify and reflect on workplace situations where aspects of cultural diversity may impact on communication
    • Apply theoretical knowledge to gain a deeper understanding of diverse workplace scenarios
    • Demonstrate self-awareness and other-awareness when analysing intercultural encounters and examining the impact of cultural backgrounds on different communication styles.

    Teaching method: Fieldwork, seminars and workshops
    Assessment: 50% essay, 20% report, 20% presentation, 10% observation
    Contact hours: 42 hours


About the Sussex Centre for Language Studies

The Sussex Centre for Language Studies (SCLS) at the University of Sussex provides a wide range of courses in many languages, including English, and has a well-equipped Language Learning Centre for autonomous learning. Our aim is to make your learning experience both beneficial and enjoyable.

SCLS recognises that students from disciplines across the University will, as future global citizens, travel, live and work in countries across the world and has therefore developed a flexible portfolio of language courses.

 

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