The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019

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.

Availability2019 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2019
  • Semester 1 - 2019

Learning outcomes

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

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.


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

Formal Examination: Examination: Formal

Presentation: Seminar Presentations

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Group Discussion

Contact hours



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

After week 2, students will attend a total of three hours per week; 1 lecture hour and 1 tutorial hour (according to the group that they have been assigned to) and all students together will attend the group discussion hour (Seminar).


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