Basic English Reading and Vocabulary Skills for University


This course offers support if you need to improve your English for university studies. The aim is to develop your reading and vocabulary skills in order to enable you to undertake future academic assignments successfully. The course can be taken separately or as part of a series to complete a 30 credit semester:
Basic English Reading and Vocabulary Skills for University, 7.5 credits
Basic English Grammar Skills for University, 7.5 credits
Basic English Writing and Presenting Skills for University, 15 credits.

Admission requirements

General requirements for university studies.


credits 32% final grades 34% national university aptitude test 34%


Syllabus for students autumn 2021, spring 2021, autumn 2020, spring 2020, autumn 2019, spring 2019

Course Code:
AK202E revision 1
Swedish name:
Grundläggande engelska för universitetsstudier, läsning och ordkunskap
Level of specialisation
Main fields of study:
No main fields
Date of ratification:
27 August 2018
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Education and Society
Enforcement date:
21 January 2019

Entry requirements

General requirements for university studies.

Specialisation and progression relative to the degree regulations

The course credits can form part of a degree, but not as a part of English as a major subject.


The aim of the course is to develop students’ vocabulary and reading comprehension skills in English in order to facilitate successful study at university level.


The course focuses on:
1. developing awareness of a critical response to readings through the analysis of rhetorical patterns of organization and development (structures, purpose, audience, relationship of ideas)
2. enhancing reading fluency in English through the recognition of contextual clues and the acquisition of vocabulary-building strategies

Learning outcomes

After finishing the course, the student:
1. can confidently apply strategies in order to understand and critically reflect on themed readings in English;
2. has acquired a wider vocabulary, can confidently use these words in a number of contexts, and has developed strategies for learning new words; and
3. can express their thoughts and opinions on readings in a clear and structured manner , both orally and in writing, at a level sufficient for basic university work in English.

Learning activities

A combination of resources is available, including lectures, seminars, peer-reviews and self-study of course literature.
1. To build greater understanding and develop critical reflection:
• During seminars, students are encouraged to explore various interpretations and perspectives in relation to the themed texts, and through this exploration to arrive at a viable standpoint in relation to the issues involved.
2. To develop strategies for using new words and the ability to employ these in new contexts:
• Students are introduced to word-building exercises and other exercises that encourage cross-referencing of meaning in different contexts. In addition, there is a brief introduction to the use of corpora as a vocabulary-building tool, emphasizing collocation.
3. To learn how to express thoughts and opinions orally and in writing:
• Students engage in a range of discussion activities, peer reviews and written tasks where the emphasis is on a rational, balanced, well-argued, and evidence-based approach.


The forms of examination are:

1. written in-class examination, 5 credits : This assesses learning outcomes 1, 2, and 3 (writing)

2. written assignment, 1,5 credits: This assesses learning (mainly) learning outcomes 1 and 3 (writing)
3. oral presentation, 1 credit: This assesses learning (mainly) learning outcomes 1 and 3 (spoken)

Grades for the written assignments are A, B, C, D, E, U (Fail); the grade for the peer-review is PASS/FAIL
Students who do not pass the regular course exams are offered two additional re-sit opportunities in connection to the course. After these first three opportunities, students’ right to further re-examination is limited to three additional opportunities. All re-sits follow the same form as the original exams.

Grading system

Excellent (A), Very Good (B), Good (C), Satisfactory (D), Pass (E) or Fail (U).

Course literature and other teaching materials

Teaching materials will be supplied by the teacher, either in the form of a compendium and/or handouts, or via the course’s electronic platform.
Further reading (recommended but not obligatory):
Godfrey, J. (2013). The Student Phrase Book: Vocabulary for Writing at University. London. Palmgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-0-230-28933-8
Additional material may be introduced in the course, but no more than 250 pages.

Course evaluation

The University provides students who participate in or who have completed a course with the opportunity to make known their experiences and viewpoints with regards to the course by completing a course evaluation administered by the University. The
University will compile and summarize the results of course evaluations as well as informing participants of the results and any decisions relating to measures initiated in response to the course evaluations. The results will be made available to the students (HF 1:14).

Interim rules

If a course is no longer offered or has undergone major changes, students will be offered two re-take sessions based on the syllabus in force at registration during a period of one year from the date of the implementation of the changes.

Other Information

Language of instruction: English


The education is provided by the Faculty of Education and Society at the Centre of Academic Learning.

Further information

Stephen Myers, Course Coordinator
Phone: 040-6657296
Anita Marttila, Student Administrator
Phone: 040-6657345


18 January 2021 - 28 March 2021 Day-time 50% Malmö Schedule Application code: mau-16131

National application round

Tuition fees

for non-EU students only

First instalment: 10000 SEK
Full tuition Fee: 10000 SEK

Open for late application


30 August 2021 - 07 November 2021 Day-time 50% Malmö Application period for this offer starts 15 March 2021.