Academic Language Skills for International Students

Course code ESLA1901Units 10Level 1000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

Designed for international students who are native speakers of languages other than English. The course focuses on the further development of students' academic English skills in writing, speaking, listening and reading. Lectures, tutorials and oral activities are presented on an appropriate range of topics which will help students to develop a higher language proficiency that will be of benefit to them at all levels of their University studies. During all sessions, students will be encouraged to participate actively in order to practise their increasing spoken-language skills. Problem based learning, discussions and individual talks presented in class will help students to efficiently absorb the material that is being taught.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1, Semester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn completion of the course, the student can be expected to have improved:
1. Writing skills, including academic essay writing, answering questions in an examination, taking notes from lectures and reading materials, structuring a piece of academic writing, arranging information in an understandable sequence, the correct use of quotations and referencing, and general skills of expression involving correct use of grammar and syntax;
2. Listening skills, including listening to lectures and talks and understanding the content of selected programs shown on videotapes;
3. Reading skills, including researching documentation, reading strategies: scanning and skimming;
4. Speaking skills, including speaking in an academic setting, encouraging rhetorical consciousness, answering questions and discussing topics confidently.
ContentThe content of the course will include a variety of lectures, tutorials and individual exercises including:
1. basic structural models for essays of various types;
2. writing good thesis statements;
3. techniques for improving essay writing quality;
4. researching and presenting information on assigned topics;
5. organising material for, and delivering an oral seminar presentation;
6. leading and participating in group discussions.
Replacing Course(s)N/A
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNo assumed knowledge.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments2 written assignments 1000 words at 20% each
Examination: FormalFinal Exam 30%
Other: (please specify)One individual oral seminar presentation 20%
Discussion leading group project 10%
Contact HoursSeminar: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for ESLA1901