Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


This course is designed for students in any field or program who come from a language background other than English. The course focuses on developing students’ skills in writing, reading, speaking and listening to academic English. Lectures are designed to address typical issues with which non-native English-speakers tend to struggle, and the content will be customised to some degree to meet the particular needs of the student cohort. The tutorials will allow students to practise their developing language skills and help them deal with a range of typical situations and issues affecting international students.

The course enables international students to improve their English profiency and thereby supports their learning across all levels of university study.


Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 1 - 2022
  • Semester 2 - 2022

Learning outcomes

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

1. Describe key properties of academic language.

2. Construct properly structured sentences and paragraphs in speech and writing.

3. Cite and/or paraphrase scholarly works in compliance with established principles of referencing.

4. Develop coherent and evidence-supported arguments.

5. Create and present a visually effective poster.


Topics will include:

  • Basic properties of academic language
  • Essentials of sentence and paragraph structure
  • Key aspects of referencing, citations and paraphrasing
  • Constructing persuasive arguments
  • Essay writing
  • Preparing a review of literature
  • Creating and presenting a poster on a chosen topic

Assumed knowledge

This course is designed for international students with language backgrounds other than English. Native English-speakers are encouraged to enrol in other courses.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Assigments 1 and 2 (40%)

Presentation: Poster Presentation (20%)

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Group Discussion (10%)

Formal Examination: Examination: Formal (30%)

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting in week 1


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting in week 1

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.