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EUS1001 Language for Study 1

Semester 2, 2020 On-campus Springfield
Short Description: Language for Study 1
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : USQ College
School or Department : USQ College
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 070115 - English as a SecLangTeach
Grading basis : Graded

Staffing

Examiner: Angela Windsor

Rationale

Student language proficiency levels need to be benchmarked to internationally recognised and accredited English proficiency scales. This course develops students' capacity to prepare for and complete an online test of academic English, benchmarked to either a score of at least 58 on the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) or the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) C1 level, to therefore enable students to prepare to meet future registration requirements of a range of professional disciplines. It also serves as a prerequisite for EUS1005 Language for Study 2.

Synopsis

In this course, activities in English have been organised to develop students' capacity to integrate academic reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills in an online test of academic English. In this course, special focus is given to developing the precision and efficiency of a students' English language skills to an advanced level through emphasis on grammar, oral fluency, pronunciation, spelling, vocabulary, and coherence and cohesion.

Objectives

On successful completion of this course students will:

  1. communicate with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that enables communication without strain for all interlocutors in an online English language test at an advanced level, benchmarked to at least 58 on the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) and the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) C1 level
  2. comprehend the main ideas in complex texts on both concrete, abstract, and personally relevant technical topics in an online English language test at an advanced level, benchmarked to at least 58 on the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) and the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) C1 level
  3. apply language flexibly and effectively for a range of purposes and topics in an online English language test at an advanced level, benchmarked to at least 58 on the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) and the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) C1 level
  4. produce clear detailed text on a range of complex subjects and justify viewpoints on topical issues with little strain for all interlocutors in an online English language test at an advanced level, benchmarked to at least 58 on the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) and the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) C1 level
  5. apply test taking strategies to complete both communicative and enabling skills test tasks in an online English language test at an advanced level, benchmarked to at least 58 on the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) and the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) C1 level.

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) preparation and strategies 10.00
2. English reading and listening development 25.00
3. English speaking and writing development 25.00
4. Academic English vocabulary and grammar development 40.00

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). (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/textbooks/?year=2020&sem=02&subject1=EUS1001)

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/info/contact/)

Hill, D 2014, PTE academic expert B2 coursebook with myEnglishLab, Pearson, Essex.
(These resources are also required for EUS1005 Language for Study 2.)
2015, The official guide to PTE academic: Pearson test of English academic from the test developers, Pearson, Essex (These resources are also required for EUS1005 Language for Study 2).

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.
Chandler, K, Cotterill, S, Da Silva, L, O’Dell, F & Hogan, MJ 2013, Practice tests plus with key PTE academic Pearson test of academic English, Pearson, Essex.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 6.00
Directed Study 70.00
Private Study 89.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
Final Closed Online Exam 100 100 30 Oct 2020

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures and tutorials) scheduled for them, and 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:
    To complete assessment items satisfactorily, students must obtain at least 50% of the overall marks available for each item. To qualify for entry to USQ category 3 programs, students must obtain at least 65% of the overall marks available for the on-line test. This is benchmarked to an overall score of 58 in the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE).

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents.php?id=14749PL (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To complete assessment items satisfactorily, students must obtain at least 65% of the overall marks available for each item. To qualify for entry to USQ category 3 programs, students must obtain at least 65% of the overall marks available for the on-line test. This is benchmarked to an overall score of 58 in the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE).

  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 obtained for each of the summative items for the course.

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

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period.

  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 http://policy.usq.edu.au.

Assessment notes

  1. Students must familiarise themselves with the USQ Assessment Procedures (http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents.php?id=14749PL).

  2. If electronic submission is specified for a course assessment, students will be notified of this on the Course Study Desk. The due date for an electronically submitted assessment is the date by which a student must electronically submit the assignment irrespective of holidays. The assignment files must be submitted by 11.55pm on the due date using USQ time (as displayed on the clock on the course home page; that is, Australian Eastern Standard Time).

  3. If hardcopy submission is specified for a course assessment students will be notified of this on the Course Study Desk. The due date for a hardcopy assignment is the date by which a student must submit at USQ or despatch the assignment to USQ irrespective of holidays.

  4. USQ will NOT accept submission of assignments by facsimile or email unless expressly requested by the course examiner.

  5. Referencing in Assignments must comply with the Harvard (AGPS) referencing system. This system should be used by students to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (APGS) style to be used is defined by the USQ library’s referencing guide. These policies can be found at http://www.usq.edu.au/library/referencing

Evaluation and benchmarking

In meeting the University’s aims to establish quality learning and teaching for all programs, this course monitors and ensures quality assurance and improvements in at least three ways. This course:

  1. conforms to the USQ Policy on Evaluation of Teaching, Courses and Programs to ensure ongoing monitoring and systematic improvement.
  2. forms part of the Diploma in English for University Studies and is benchmarked against the internal USQ accreditation/reaccreditation processes which include (i) stringent standards in the independent accreditation of its academic programs, (ii) close integration between business and academic planning, and (iii) regular and rigorous review.
  3. is benchmarked to the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) and the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

Other requirements

  1. Computer, e-mail and Internet access:
    Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at http://www.usq.edu.au/current-students/support/computing/hardware.

  2. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in this course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect the same grades as those students who do possess them.

Date printed 6 November 2020