EAPA3004 English for Academic Purposes EAP-1 -GSM London

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Below is a list of the skills you will need when working on extended pieces writing during your university career. The work you do on the EAP I course will help you develop these skills.

 

Tick the appropriate box for each skill, according to how well you think you can do this at the beginning of this course. Look again the checklist throughout the course in order to identify areas for independent study.

 

Skills

Do not know about this

Find this difficult/ can’t do this

Can partially do this

Can do this well

Looking for information

    
Identify which books/journals/websites to use

Select relevant parts of a text

Using sources

    
Acknowledge sources of information

Avoid plagiarism

Planning/ writing

    
Brainstorm ideas

Plan written work

Link ideas effectively

Paraphrase & summarise ideas

Write an introduction

Write a conclusion

Personal study

    
Work independently

Manage my time

Oral presentation

    
Discuss written work in a tutorial

IT

    
Access the internet

Use search engines

Create word documents

 

 

 

Section 1: Portfolio Evidence IV

Summarising (recommended word count: 100)

  1. Find a text on university fees in the country of your choice (around 200 words) and paste it below, in part 1. Then, read the two texts and highlight the main points.
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Text 1:

University fees in England

Text 2 (paste your text below):

University fees in complete country name here

 
“University tuition fees in England will rise to £9,250 per year from 2017 and the increase could apply to students who have already started courses. The inflation-linked rise represents a 2.8% increase and if that continued would mean fees rising above £10,000 in the next few years.  Universities face the dilemma that under consumer protection requirements they will need to announce the £9,250 fee before the beginning of the next application cycle in early September. However, until formally changed by Parliament, universities are not allowed to charge a fee higher than £9,000, which is the current limit.

 

The government says the increase can apply to students who have already begun courses - but this will depend on the terms of student contracts in individual universities.  The fees will increase in subsequent years. Royal Holloway and the University of Kent have to still to decide on whether to charge higher fees for current students, but expect to apply them to new students starting in 2017, if the fee limit increase goes ahead. The University of Surrey will not increase fees for its current undergraduates, but fees will increase each year for students starting in 2017.

 

Universities minister Jo Johnson has published a statement setting out plans to link higher fees to better teaching. Liberal Democrat university spokeswoman Baroness Lorely Burt said: "Linking fees to teaching quality in this way is unacceptable. Enabling any university that scrapes a 'meet expectations' rating to increase fees by 2.8% shows that this isn't about teaching quality at all. If universities need further support then let's have a proper discussion about where that money comes from, rather than pretending that this is somehow a quid pro quo for providing the quality of teaching students should already be able to expect". Sir Peter Lampl, chairman of the Sutton Trust education charity, said the fee increase will add to student debts that we have shown to be by far the highest in the English-speaking world. A real concern is that the removal of maintenance grants will almost certainly deter poorer students, who now face debts of over £50,000 on graduation”.

 

Reference: Coughlan, S. (2017). University tuition fees rise to £9,250 for current students - BBC News. [online] BBC News. Available at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-36856026 [Accessed 19 Jan. 2017].

  
Reference:

Coughlan, S. (2017). University tuition fees rise to £9,250 for current students – BBC News. [online] BBC News. Available at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-36856026 [Accessed 19 Jan. 2017].

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  1. Make some notes of the most important points, using your own words, in part 2 below.

 

PART 2:

Notes (Text 1):

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  1. Answer the question in part 3 below, using your notes.
PART 3:

What are the similarities and difference between universities in England and type the name of your chosen country here in relation to tuition fees? Why are they important?

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Section 1: Portfolio Evidence III

Outline (recommended word count: 200)

Complete your essay outline below. An outline is a map of the main ideas included in your essay. You do not need to write full sentences, just notes of the main points that you are going to write in each paragraph of your essay, along with the references (MB=Main Body).

TITLE

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INTRODUCTION

Background Information:

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Thesis Statement:

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MB Paragraph 1

Paragraph Focus: ……………………………..

Country A: England

Country B: ……………………..

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MB Paragraph 2

Paragraph Focus: …………………………………..

Country A: England

Country B: ……………………..

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CONCLUSION

Summary of main points

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Recommendations/suggestions/predictions

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Section 1: Portfolio Evidence V

Paragraph structure (recommended word count: 300, including notes)

Write a MB paragraph for your essay below (funding OR quality). Then, highlight its parts using a different colour for each one of them. Use the following colour code:

Topic sentence:

RED

Country A (England):

BLUE

Country B (……………………):

GREEN

Concluding sentence:

ORANGE

In-text reference:

PURPLE

 

Write your paragraph here. Then, colour the different parts.

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Section 1: Portfolio Evidence VI

Essay self-assessment form (recommended word count: 100)

 

Complete this form before you submit your portfolio.

  Type a few comments below in relation to how well you have addressed the following criteria in your essay.

ESSAY STRUCTURE

A. Has a clear structure including an introduction, body paragraphs, conclusion & bibliography.

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B. Has a clear thesis statement that states the sub-topics and position.

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C. Has clear topic sentences in each main body paragraph.

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D. Has features of an essay not a report, i.e. no headings, no bullet points etc.

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CONTENT

E. Has compared directly between the two countries in each paragraph.

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F. Has commented on what we learn from the comparisons.

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G. Has included suitable background information in the introduction.

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H. Has included a suitable summary and position in the conclusion.

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I. Has written 750 words (+/- 10%).

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USE OF SOURCES AND REFERENCING

J. Has a minimum of 2 sources per paragraph.

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K. Has in-text citations which follow Harvard style. E.g. (Coughlan, 2014).

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M. Has avoided plagiarism.

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USE OF ENGLISH

N. Writes accurate sentences.

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O. Spells and punctuates accurately.

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P. Uses a range of language.

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Q. Writes in an appropriate academic style.

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Things you feel competent at (approx. 50 words):

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Things you need to work on (approx. 50 words):

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Section 2: Written Task

Academic Writing (750 words)

 

Please type your essay below (750 words) You can modify the title to reflect the content of your work.

Make sure that:

  • Your essay has an appropriate title, an introduction, two main body paragraphs, a conclusion and a reference list.
  • You have used at least 2 references (in-text citations) in each of your main body paragraphs (at least 4 references in total).
  • You have discussed BOTH countries in EACH of your main body paragraphs (point-by-point approach).
Title:

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Reference List:

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