Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


1000 level

Course handbook


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.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 2 - 2020.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Present a well-structured and cohesive argument

2. Adhere to standard academic standards of communication and written presentation

3. Apply effective presentation skills to deliver a presentation related to their field of study

4. Critically analyse information for use as evidence and support for arguments

5. Critically and independently discuss a range of issues related to the course


The 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.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Assignments 1 and 2 (40%)

Formal Examination: Examination: Formal (30%)

Presentation: Seminar Presentations (20%)

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Group Discussion (10%)

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