EAPA3004 English for Academic Purposes - Assignment

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Autumn 17English for Academic Purposes 1 (EAP 1)Portfolio (EAPA3004)Name:Student Number:Tutor name:This is your EAP 1Portfolio. Please save a copy on your computer and back it upregularly (e.g. by saving it on your computer / in the cloud (e.g. Google Drive) /emailing it to yourself. You will receive a printed copy which you should bring to alllectures and tutorials. However, at the end of the course, you need to submit acompleted electronic copy. Please refer to suggested word counts for each taskincluded within this portfolio.Assessed Learning Outcomes (LOs):1.Produce cohesive and coherent elements of academic writing.2.Read, compare and summarise written academic texts.
WeekContentsPageLearningOutcomeSection 1: Portfolio Evidence(These tasks will often be drafted in class and are designed to inform the written task in section 2.Suggested word counts are included are in brackets.)1Portfolio evidence I: Self-evaluation checklist3LO 1 & 24Portfolio evidence II: Summarising(recommended word count: 100)4LO 1 & 24-5Portfolio evidence III: Outline(recommended word count: 100)6LO 26Portfolio evidence IV: Paragraph structure(recommended word count: 250)7LO 29Portfolio evidence V: Self-assessment(recommended word count: at least 100)8LO 1 & 2Section 2: Written Task(The written task should be developed throughout the semester but completed in weeks 7-10.)1 - 10Academic writing [compare and contrast essay relevant to highereducation](word count: 750 words)10LO 1 & 2Total word count: Written Task (750 words) + Evidence (Approx. 850 words)(+/- 10%)version 1.02
Section 1: Portfolio Evidence ISelf-evaluation checklistBelow is a list of the skills you will need when working on extended pieces of writing duringyour university career. The work you do on the EAP 1 course will help you develop theseskills.Tick the appropriate box for each skill, according to how well you think you can do thisatthe beginningof this course. Look again at the checklist throughout the course in order toidentify areas for independent study.SkillsDo not knowabout thisFind thisdifficult/ can’tdo thisCan partiallydo thisCan do thiswellLooking for informationIdentify which books/journals/websites to useSelect relevant parts of a textUsing sourcesAcknowledge sources of informationAvoid plagiarismPlanning/ writingBrainstorm ideasPlan written workLink ideas effectivelyParaphrase & summarise ideasWrite an introductionWrite a conclusionPersonal studyWork independentlyManage my timeOral presentationDiscuss written work in a tutorialITAccess the internetUse search enginesCreate word documentsversion 1.03
Section 1: Portfolio Evidence IISummarising (recommended word count: 100)1.Find a text on university fees in the country of your choice (around 200 words) andpaste it below, in part 1. Then, read the two texts and highlight the main points.PART 1:Text 1:University fees in EnglandText 2 (paste your text below):University fees in.......................“University tuition fees in England will rise to £9,250 per yearfrom 2017 and the increase could apply to students who havealready started courses. The inflation-linked rise represents a2.8% increase and if that continued would mean fees risingabove £10,000 in the next few years. Universities face thedilemma that under consumer protection requirements theywill need to announce the £9,250 fee before the beginning ofthe next application cycle in early September. However, untilformally changed by Parliament, universities are not allowed tocharge a fee higher than £9,000, which is the current limit.The government says the increase can apply to students whohave already begun courses - but this will depend on the termsof student contracts in individual universities. The fees willincrease in subsequent years. Royal Holloway and theUniversity of Kent have to still to decide on whether to chargehigher fees for current students, but expect to apply them tonew students starting in 2017, if the fee limit increase goesahead. The University of Surrey will not increase fees for itscurrent undergraduates, but fees will increase each year forstudents starting in 2017.Universities minister Jo Johnson has published a statementsetting out plans to link higher fees to better teaching. LiberalDemocrat 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 aboutteaching quality at all. If universities need further support thenlet's have a proper discussion about where that money comesfrom, rather than pretending that this is somehow a quid proquo for providing the quality of teaching students shouldalready be able to expect". Sir Peter Lampl, chairman of theSutton Trust education charity, said the fee increase will add tostudent debts that we have shown to be by far the highest inthe English-speaking world. A real concern is that the removalof maintenance grants will almost certainly deter poorerstudents, who now face debts of over £50,000 on graduation”.From: Coughlan, S. (2017). University tuition fees rise to £9,250for current students –BBC News. [online] BBC News. Availableat:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-36856026 [Accessed19 Jan. 2017].Australians have about 18 months to study for anundergraduate university degree on current prices beforebeing slugged at least 30% and as much as 60% more infees.The 30% rise is the bottom end of the scale. This is roughlythe shortfall universities face after the Federal Governmentcuts it’s funding, starting in 2016, under Budget measuresannounced last month.The cost of popular courses at some universities, most likelythe prestigious sandstone ones such a Sydney andMelbourne universities, will likely rise by a lot more thanthat.Australia is one of the most expensive country for overseasstudents, according to research by HSBC, with a combinedaverage cost of university fees and living costs totallingmore than $38,000 per year.That’s made up of $25,375 in university fees and $13,140for cost of living. This is higher than even the US where feesare about the same, $25,226, but the cost of living ischeaper at $10,479.The cost of a degree will also cost moreto finance. Unless you have the money upfront, the studentloan scheme (HELP) will come with a bigger interest ratepegged to the 10 year government bond rate (as much as6%) rather than the Consumer Price Index (currently 2.9%).So far, the government and the universities have beenreluctant to put numbers on the changes to the feescharged for degrees in 18 months’ time. However, internalanalysis by two universities – and a review of themarketplace for degrees – is starting to give a clearerpicture.Postgraduate degrees won’t charge, at least in the shortterm. It’s the undergraduate degrees which will cost moreto those who aren’t enrolled now. Those already enrolledget a free kick, a freeze on fees, until 2020.From: Business Insider Australia. (2017).The Cost Of GettingA University Degree In Australia Is About To Change: Here'sWhat You Need To Know. [online] Available at:https://www.businessinsider.com.au/the-cost-of-getting-a-university-degree-in-australia-is-about-to-change-heres-what-you-need-to-know-2014-6 [Accessed 17 Dec. 2017].version 1.04
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