The outline and design of the Aston Pre-sessional means that as a student you can join the course at different times of the year according to your individual language needs and personal skills objectives. Each entry point has a specific minimum English language requirement and students are generally guided by the offer that their progressing School provides when deciding on which length of Aston Pre-sessional to apply for. Students accumulate credits for each module they successfully complete and are required to demonstrate a learning progression by taking assessments at the end of each module completed. Some students will be required to complete all 4 modules as part of their conditional offer; some may only be required to successfully complete module 4 as part of their conditional offer. This will be dependent on your English language level at the time of your application.
Module 1, LA2123 English Language Preparation (20 credits)
This module aims to develop students’ accuracy, fluency and overall communicative ability when using spoken and written English. As well as improving your overall English ability, the module will also introduce you to UK academic conventions and develop your proficiency in intercultural competence, group working, independent study and basic research. The classes have an integrated skills approach with practice in reading, writing, speaking and listening, as well as some work on lexis and grammar.
Assessment: all to be completed at the end of a twelve week teaching period (excluding holidays). Assessment includes reading, listening and grammar tests, essay writing, and group presentation.
Module 2, LA2122 English Language Development (15 credits)
This module aims to develop both your linguistic knowledge and skills in order to raise your general academic English language ability in preparation for an undergraduate or postgraduate programme of study at Aston University. Emphasis is given to building on spoken and written accuracy, fluency and overall communicative capability within the context of a British university setting. As well as developing your knowledge of UK academic conventions, intercultural awareness and group working skills, a more intensive focus is put on applying the principles of independent learning, managing your own language learning more effectively and refining your research skills.
The classes are delivered with an integrated skills approach to enhance practical learning with practice in reading, writing, speaking and listening, as well as some work on grammar and lexis.
Assessment: all to be completed at the end of a six week teaching period. Assessment includes a class test, group presentation and reflective diary.
Module 3, LA2124 - Using English in Academic and Professional Contexts I (15 credits)
This module offers an intensive development of all English language skills for subject-specific academic purposes before starting an undergraduate or postgraduate programme of study at Aston University. Whilst practicing more content relevant reading, writing, speaking and listening skills and learning targeted vocabulary, you will become more aware of the language requirements and academic expectations of your chosen academic specialism. An emphasis is given to developing your proficiency and knowledge of UK academic conventions for writing case study/laboratory/technical reports and using appropriate referencing systems effectively, as well as extending your understanding of the nature and features of short academic texts and lectures in English, more specifically related to your future academic discipline. In addition, this module helps you to develop your overall communicative ability and contribution to academic discussions, your group working skills and intercultural knowledge.
Assessment: all to be completed at the end of a six week teaching period. Assessment includes case study/technical report, speaking test and essay.
Module 4, LA2125 - Using English in Academic and Professional Contexts II (20 credits)
This module aims to hone your linguistic competencies and skills in using English within an academic and professional context in order to meet the specific requirements of your future undergraduate or postgraduate programme of study at Aston. The integrated skills learning approach means that you will regularly practice reading, writing, speaking and listening within a subject-specific context as well as work on grammar and lexis.
On completion of the module, you will have developed understanding in the nature and features of full-length academic written texts and lectures in English, including those related to your future academic discipline, and will be able to critically evaluate sources of information. You will have gained experience in producing cohesively and coherently written research proposals and research reports, and have built up your confidence in delivering effective individual presentations in English.
Assessment: all to be completed at the end of a six week teaching period. Assessment includes an individual project, individual presentation and reading and listening tests.