Available in 2021
Course code



10 units



Course handbook


This course has been designed for students from a culturally and linguistically diverse background, who would benefit from focused language and academic literacy development, to support their discipline based study.

Students will develop institutional, digital, social and cultural, critical, language and academic literacies skills which are required for success in their enabling and undergraduate degree studies.

Students will use and interact with University software, systems and processes. Academic literacies will be analysed, practised and applied in a forum that is discipline specific.

Availability2021 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2021

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Apply critical reading techniques to academic texts

2. Critically analyse information from academic texts in order to evidence an argument

3. Apply academic vocabulary, grammar and skills, and feedback to produce authentic text types

4. Apply effective speaking skills to discuss course issues and engage an audience to demonstrate an understanding of academic vocabulary and grammar

5. Demonstrate an understanding of institutional and digital literacies including adherence to the principles of academic integrity and referencing


To develop academic literacies and language skills for success in their degree studies students will undertake:

  • activities to develop academic vocabulary and grammar; 
  • development of quoting, paraphrasing, summarising and synthesising skills;
  • analysis of a range of authentic written texts, including journal articles, essays and /or research-reports and reflective tasks;
  • discussion of academic integrity and practising common referencing systems relevant to disciplines;
  • the production of authentic written text aligning with specific disciplines;
  • development of oral skills/practices to enable students to speak more confidently in group/tutorial settings;
  • exposure to, and practice of, using Learning Management Systems, and searching for and evaluating source material, academic integrity and the principles of referencing.

Assumed knowledge

This course is designed for students from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds. This course is not suitable for students who are native English speakers.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Writing Portfolio (weekly journal entries)

Written Assignment: Written Task (essay or report)

Presentation: Oral Reflection Task

In Term Test: In-class Language Test (x 2)

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.