Academic Language Skills for International Student

Course code ESLA2001Units 10Level 2000Faculty 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 some videos are presented on an appropriate range of topics and will help students to develop a high language proficiency that will be of benefit to them at all levels of their University studies. During both lectures and tutorials, 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 efficiently to absorb the material that is being taught.

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesThe course aims at assisting international and exchange students in developing further their English language skills in an academic environment. The course is concerned with the development of a number of particular aspects of academic English.
Completion of this course will improve the proficiency of students in the following skills, with the degree and direction of improvement depending upon the varied individual proficiencies from which the students begin:
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 course is concerned with the development of a number of particular aspects of academic English. Its content is designed to improve the proficiency of students in the following skills:
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.
Replacing Course(s)ESLA1010
TransitionNA
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeInternational and exchange students should have a sound knowledge of basic written and spoken English as an adequate foundation for developing proficiency in the academic uses of the language.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Tutorial
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsFive written assignments on selected academic topics (300 words each) 40%

Written assignments assess improvement in listening skills through writing about themes from videotapes shown; improvement in reading skills through the need to become familiar with the topic to be written about; improvement in written expression proficiency through practice in writing about a specific theme using properly structured and grammatically correct argument.
Examination: FormalThree-hour written final examination 50%

Written final examination assesses improvement in written expression proficiency through the need to write about specific themes using properly structured and grammatically correct argument.
Other: (please specify)One oral seminar presentation (10 minutes) 10%

Oral seminar presentation assesses improvement in ability to speak clearly and fluently to an audience about a particular academic topic; improvement in reading skills through the need to become familiar with the topic to be spoken about.
Contact HoursTutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 13 weeks
Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term