SCIE401 – English for Applied Science

Module code
Module title
English for Applied Science
To develop students' accuracy and fluency in language for success in a tertiary study environment in Applied Science programmes at the B2 level on the Common European Framework. This equates approximately to IELTS 5.5 and aims to move students to equivalent IELTS 6.0. They will further develop oral and writing skills commonly used in academic discourse.
  • SX1705
  • SX1706
  • SX1709
NZQA Level
Level 4
NZQA Credits
Delivery method
  • Web-Supported
Learning hours
Directed hours
Self directed hours
Total learning hours
Resources required
Learning Outcomes
Apply effective pronunciation and oral communication strategies fluently and accurately to engage in academic conversations and discussions and in extended discourse
Apply effective listening strategies for a variety of purposes including gathering information, interpreting instructions, seeking clarification and participating meaningfully in academic discussions
Use academic, topic, and task-specific, formal and informal vocabulary and lexical structures appropriate to context
Identify, describe and analyse key elements in English grammar, including parts of speech, language structures and punctuation in selected written texts
Identify and interpret themes, key ideas and details in a range of extended written texts such as text books, academic articles, essays and reports appropriate to context
Plan, compose and present information in a variety of written forms fluently and coherently, demonstrating broad knowledge of specified areas and appropriate referencing
-Oral communications strategies (listening and speaking)
-Listening: macro and micro skills
-Text-based grammar and vocabulary
-Forms and functions for communicative competence
-Active reading strategies
-Reading: macro and micro skills including predicting, skimming and scanning
-Language functions and structures as appropriate for academic discourse
-Models of genres and text types
Teaching and Learning Strategy
Learning will be facilitated using a range of teaching and learning methods, which may include:
Practical - laboratory; practical or workshop sessions and activities; demonstrations
Theory - includes web-supported tutor facilitated/directed presentations; lectures and tutorials; group activities; peer presentations and review; group/individual research; online learning activities; case studies; guest speakers
Assessment Criteria
Portfolio of Evidence100
Assessment in this module is competency based. The portfolio is comprised of multiple assessment tasks. To pass this module all assessable tasks must be complete with all learning outcomes achieved.