University of Seychelles Programme

Brush Up Your English

Upper-Intermediate

Campus
Anse Royale
Method
Short Course
Academic direction from
University of Seychelles
Faculty
Arts and Social Development
Study Level
Upper-Intermediate

RATIONALE

The course Brush Up Your English is designed for UniSey staff who want to improve their English grammar and writing skills. It caters for both foreign and local employees who use English as a tool of academic and administrative interaction. The course consists of 20 modules which focus on some challenging aspects of English grammar and writing applicable in university academic communication and administrative procedures.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

As a result of their participation in this course, it is anticipated that  the learners  will be able to:

  • Enhance their general English language competence.
  • Apply knowledge of some English grammar aspects to improve accuracy and literacy of written production.
  • Write more accurately, consistently, clearly in a variety of genres.

COURSE PLAN

Topic

Learning Outcomes

 Unit 1: Grammar and Vocabulary Focus

Module 1.1: Subject-predicate agreement Formulate the rules of subject-predicate agreement and apply the knowledge of these rules in speech and writing.
Module 1.2: Commonly confused words Differentiate between homonyms and close sounding words and make informed choices in using them in speech and writing.
Module 1.3: Infinitives Formulate the rule of using bare Infinitive. Differentiate between Infinitive phrase and Infinitive construction. Differentiate between different Infinitive forms and use them expertly in speech and writing.
Module 1.4:  Gerunds Differentiate between different Gerund forms and use them expertly to express relevant meaning. Identify the difference between Infinitives and Gerunds with certain verbs.
Module 1.5: Problems with prepositions Demonstrate knowledge of some challenging prepositional patterns and apply this knowledge in speech and writing.
Module 1.6: Modal Verbs Identify the relevant modal verb to be used to express different aspects of modality.
Module 1.7: Moods Identify the relevant mood form to be used to express different aspects of modality.
Module 1.8: Sequence of Tenses and Reported Speech Demonstrate knowledge of Sequence of Tenses and Reported Speech rules and apply them in speech and writing.
Module 1.9: Passive Differentiate between active and passive structures. Identify cases to use passive structures. Differentiate between passive tense forms and use them competently in speech and writing.
Module 1.10: Sentences and Clauses Differentiate between clauses types. Identify the proper connective.

Unit 2: Writing Skills

Module 2.1: Punctuation Formulate the rules of using comma, colon, semicolon and dash. Apply the knowledge in written production.
Module 2.2: Capitalization Formulate the rules of capitalization. Apply the knowledge in written production.
Module 2.3: Contractions Identify the main cases and rules for contractions. Apply the knowledge in written production.
Module 2.4: Numbers Formulate the rules of representing the numbers in writing. Apply the knowledge in written production.
Module 2.5: E-mails Demonstrate knowledge of the main principles and techniques of e-mail writing.
Module 2.6: Taking and making notes Demonstrate knowledge of the main principles and techniques of taking and making notes.
Module 2.7: Minutes Demonstrate knowledge of the main principles and techniques of minute taking.
Module 2.8: Memos Demonstrate knowledge of the main principles and techniques of writing memos.
Module 2.9: Official letters Demonstrate knowledge of the main principles and techniques of writing official letters.
Module 2.10: Reports Demonstrate knowledge of the main principles and techniques of writing reports.

 ASSESSMENT PLAN

Form

Weight

Class participation 80%
Assignments 20%

TOTAL STUDY TIME

20 hours contact time

RESOURCES

BOWDEN, J. Writing a Report: How to Prepare, Write and Present Really Effective Reports

CRYSTAL, D. Language and the Internet (Cambridge University Press, 2017)

EASTWOOD, J. Oxford Guide to English Grammar (Oxford University Press, 2002)

FOWLER, A. The Little Brown Handbook: Eleventh Edition. (London: Longman, 2010)

FROMKIN, V., et al. An Introduction to Language (Wadsworth Cengage Learning, 2011)

HAMP-LYONS, L., HEASLEY, B. Study Writing (Cambridge University Press 2009)

KANE, T.S. The New Oxford Guide to Writing

STRAUS, J. The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation (JOSSEY-BASS, 2008)

SWALES J. M., FEAK Ch. B. Academic Writing for Graduate Students (The University of Michigan Press, 2013)

SWAN, M. Practical English Usage (Oxford University press 2002)

TURK, Ch., KIRKMAN, J. Effective Writing (London and New York: Spon Press, 1996)

WATERS, M. A.WATERS Study Tasks in English (Cambridge University Press, 2009)

University of Bristol (2002-2005). Improve your writing. Available at http://www.bristol.ac.uk/arts/exercises/grammar/grammar_tutorial/page_41.htm

Massey University (2007).  Student learning development: Academic writing. Available at http://owll.massey.ac.nz/pdf/Academic-Writing-Guide.pdf

Department of Languages and Media

Applying

Submit the Programme Application Form either by:

Post: Student Registration & Admission Office, Anse Royale Campus, P.O. Box 1348, Victoria, Mahé; or

Email: registrationofficer@unisey.ac.sc

For more information, contact the Student and Information Centre on +248 4381225

Contact Us

Mrs Annie Laurette
Head of Department
Languages and Media

Anse Royale
P.O. Box 1348
Mahé, Seychelles

+248 4381220

Annie.Laurette@unisey.ac.sc