School of Education
Centre for English Language Education

Presessional English for Academic Purposes (Pre-Foundation)

This module has been designed to prepare students for entry onto a Foundation programme. It is a pathway for students planning to enter the Engineering Foundation Programme at the University of Nottingham. It is also suitable for students planning to enter a Foundation Programme at another institution.


Over the course of the 10 weeks, the main aims of the module will be to:

  • Develop and improve your knowledge of academic English
  • Familiarise you with the kinds of tasks and texts you will meet on your Foundation programme
  • Develop your confidence and ability to take responsibility for your own learning
  • Develop your ability to work collaboratively with others
  • Provide you with support and guidance


The aims are achieved through a series of tasks, as follows: 

  • Making a bid for and organising a conference
  • Writing biodata
  • Writing an abstract and presenting a paper
  • Writing for conference proceedings
  • Reflecting on the conference experience through discussion
  • Digital literacy
  • Evaluating the work of others
  • Reflection and analysis of your own work


You will be formally assessed as follows:

  • Conduct a literature based research project
  • Present a paper at a CELE conference which you will organise with your classmates
  • Reflect orally on the conference experience

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