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ENS7506 English - Level 6 (5 Week)

Full Year, 2015 On-campus Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Open Access College
School or Department : Open Access College

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Examiner: Angela Windsor
Moderator: Rosemary Taylor


The course prepares students by developing students' language skills and language proficiency in an academic context. It is an introduction to English for Academic Purposes and simulates tasks and processes encountered in a typical academic course at tertiary level.


In this course, reading, writing and listening have been organised around skills that students need to develop at this level to cope with the academic language encountered in a university preparation course. Students perform a variety of tasks which require them to apply appropriate skills. Reading focuses on the process of reading, from previewing through to demonstrating a good understanding of the text. Writing also works through a process from brainstorming, organising ideas to writing first and final drafts. Speaking is designed to prepare students for more formal discussions and to equip them with higher level functional language such as checking understanding, expressing an opinion, making suggestions and complaints. Listening provides opportunities for the students to know when and how skills such as listening for specific information, listening for gist and listening for main ideas and supporting details can be applied. Self study at the Upper-Intermediate level aims at further developing students' ability to work independently of the teacher on individual language problems/needs. Students also have the opportunity to develop English language proficiency assessment response techniques and examination strategies suitable for IELTS.


On completion of this course, the student should be able to:

  1. Carry out basic social activities and begin to use English for more academic purposes; (final examination)
  2. Use a variety of complex sentence forms and modifiers with reasonable correctness in both speach; (final examination and speaking activity 2)
  3. Use a range of basic connectives and cohesive features correctly; (final examination and speaking activity 2)
  4. Use and recognise a range of signposts and language signals in spoken texts; (speaking and listening activity 2)
  5. Apply aspects of non-verbal communication to assist the transfer of meaning; (speaking activity 2)
  6. Recognise and critically reflect on strategies for overcoming communication breakdown (spaking and listening activity 1)
  7. Develop and actively participate in formal and academic discussion; (speaking and listening activity 1)
  8. Develop and apply strategies for listening in academic contexts; (listening activity 2)
  9. Understanding the importance of relevent context and structure in an academic presentation; (speaking activity 2)
  10. Organise and construct spoken texts that develop one central idea and logically form part of a greater overall text; (speaking activity 2)
  11. Begin to recognise the relationship between ideas in aspoken text, and the viewpoints and inference of a speaker; (listening activity 1 & 2)
  12. Use a range of supporting details to substantiate and develop ideas; (speaking activity 2)
  13. Demonstrate familiarity with some of the tools available to assist the presentation of ideas in formal spoken contexts; (speaking activity 2)
  14. Understand and apply the process of preparing for formal discussion, presentations and/or seminars; (speaking actvity 1 & 2)
  15. Compare, evaluate, give opinions, and criticise with some depth in spoken texts; (speaking activity 1)
  16. Develop and demonstrate note taking skills in response to spoken academic texts; (listening activity 1)
  17. Develop efficient and effective examination strategies; (final examination)
  18. Demonstrate the ability to present a short formal talk to an audience; (speaking activity 2)
  19. Continue to develop students' ability to work indepentantly of the teacher (speaking activity 2)
  20. Continue to show students the importance of reviewing; (listening activity 1)
  21. Continue to give students the opportunity to work with other students in groups (speaking activity 1& 2)


Description Weighting(%)
1. Analysis of test prompts and test instruction 2.50
2. Planning and outlining appropriate responses 3.00
3. Organisation and structuring of texts with appropriate format and register 3.00
4. Logical and progressive organisation of information and ideas 3.00
5. Using a range of cohesive devises effectively and appropriately 2.50
6. Academic vocabulary and formal register 5.00
7. Collocations 2.50
8. Common errors of punctuation and spelling using a wide variety of complex structures with high precision 10.00
9. Monitoring output 2.50
10. Discourse markers 3.00
11. Linguistic functions such as comparing and contrasting information and data, evaluations of opinions and claims, supporting arguemuents with evidence, expressing opinion with reservations, acknowledging sources, and appropriately challenging ideas and opinions 10.50
12. Efficient and effective examination strategies 2.50
13. Listening to a variety of audio material for specific details 6.00
14. Understanding the main points and the functinal and logical organisation of texts 2.00
15. Note-taking and summary writing from texts 4.00
16. Analysis of reading and listenening tasks and question prompts 1.00
17. Responding appropriately to different task types 9.00
18. Listening and reading for gist 2.00
19. Listening and reading for detailed information 2.00
20. Using vocabulary and grammer to respond appropriately 2.00
21. Dealing with data 2.00
22. Short answer questions 2.00
23. Various matching activities 2.00
24. Summarising information 2.00
25. Labelling diagrams, flow-charts 2.00
26. Answering multiple choice questions 2.00
27. Answering true/false/not given questions 2.00
28. Matching heading with paragraphs 2.00
29. Classification exercises 2.00
30. Locating information 2.00
31. Strategies for exams 2.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

  • Black, M & Sharp, W 2006, Objective IELTS workbook, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
    (with answers.)
  • Black, M & Sharp, W 2006, Objective IELTS, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
    (Student's Book.)
  • Hopkins, D & Cullen, P 2007, Grammar for IELTS, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
    (with answers.)

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.
  • Bowler, B & Cunningham, S 1999, New headway pronunication: upper intermediate, Oxford University Press, Oxford.
  • Cambridge 2004, Advanced learner's dictionary, 2nd edn, Cambridge Unversity Press, Cambridge.
  • Wyatt, R 2008, Check your vocabulary for IELTS, Macmillan.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Directed Study 110.00
Private Study 55.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
READING \ ASSIGNMENT 20 20 TBA (see note 1)

  1. Test is for Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing. Students will be advised in class of assessment due dates

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Students are required to attend at least 80% of the scheduled class sessions and ensure their attendance is registered with the staff member in charge of the activity. An exception to this attendance level may be made by the university where the student can produce documentary evidence that clearly demonstrates compassionate and compelling circumstances. In this case attendance of at least 70% of the scheduled class sessions will be acceptable. It is the students' responsibility to access information regarding 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:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  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 for the core skill of reading, 50% for the core skill of writing, and an average of 50% for the combined total weighted marks for speaking and listening.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    As P is the only passing grade available for this course, all students who are qualified for a passing grade will be given a grade of P. Other students will be given either a Failing grade or an incomplete grade.

  6. Examination information:
    Closed Examination: 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