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EAP7340 Academic English Skills

Semester 1, 2013 External Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Open Access College
School or Department : Open Access College
Version produced : 21 July 2014

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Examiner: Rosemary Taylor
Moderator: Sang-Soon Park

Other requisites

Pre-requisite: Successful completion of EAPI or English Proficiency equivalent to IELTS Band 5.5 plus completion overseas or in Australia of Senior High School or Post-secondary diploma or first year degree or equivalent work experience.


A need has been recognised for students from non-English speaking backgrounds to gain skills in English for academic purposes and develop strategies to equip them for undergraduate study prior to entering an Australian university. The skills particularly of reading, writing, listening and speaking require specialised attention, as well as strategies to facilitate the acquisition of those skills.


There are three parts to the course; each part is accessed simultaneously. Students develop reading skills by processing a range of texts typical of undergraduate reading styles. They also develop academic expository writing skills. The section on listening and speaking develops skills in organising, presenting and participating in online discussions or tutorial presentations at first year university level.


On completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. Read with comprehension and analyse both the written structure and layout of a range of texts; (Reading Assessment & Final Test)
  2. Write stylistically appropriate paragraphs and analyse the structure of written text; (Writing Assessment & Final Test)
  3. Speak, listen and respond in English appropriately on a range of issues in a university context; work in a group to prepare, organise and present a tutorial; present a short, formal and correctly structured talk to an audience; (Speaking/Listening Assessment & Final Test)
  4. Reflect upon and review their own work and use self awareness to foster independent and sustainable learning. (Class Activities)


Description Weighting(%)
1. Reading Module 4: Active learning, active learning applied to reading, strategies of recall and prediction, layout features of text and textbooks, analysing structure of expository writing - introductions, body and conclusions. 12.00
2. Reading module 5: Analysing discourse markers, logical relationship in text, application of text structure in reading, planning and writing to make explicit logical relationship in text, skill development through set activities. 20.00
3. Writing Module 1: Analysis of academic writing style, formality, objectivity and credibility. 7.00
4. Writing Module 2, 3: Analysis of paragraph structure, introductory sentences, topic sentences, explanatory detail and supporting details, concluding and linking sentences; writing linear paragraphs and paragraphs that express two points of view. 20.00
5. Skills Development Module 6: Application of reading and writing skills through set activities. 8.00
6. Speaking and Listening:
1. Preparing, managing and participating in tutorial or discussion sessions focused on current social issues. Listening to audio material and generating group discussions about current social issues. Delivering verbal summaries of topics discussed in the group to a larger audience.
2. Using spoken language and non-verbal communication to make a short, clearly structured presentation about a social or environmental issue, using power point.
3 Taking notes and answering comprehension questions from listening activities. Developing strategies to assist listening in an academic context.

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • 2010, EAP7340 Study Package, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Australia.
    (EAP7430 Study package available from USQ bookshop.)

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Directed Study 81.00
Private Study 85.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
FINAL TEST SPEAKING 25 10 07 Jun 2013

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the studentsí responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    Refer to statement 4 below for the requirements to receive a passing grade in this course. All assessment items must be received prior to the start of the examination period for the intake in which the course is offered. Students may be required to re-submit an assessment piece that is unsatisfactory.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without (prior) approval of the examiner then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of a passing grade a student must attempt all summative assessment items and achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks in the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks /grades obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    Candidates are allowed to bring only writing and drawing instruments into the closed examination.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held at the end of each intake.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at