|Short Description:||Academic Reading Skills|
|Faculty or Section :||USQ College|
|School or Department :||USQ College|
|Student contribution band :||Band 1|
|ASCED code :||091501 - English Language|
|Grading basis :||Graded|
|Version produced :||31 October 2020|
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.
Students must have access to a personal computer, e-mail,and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at http://www.usq.edu.au/current-students/support/computing/hardware.
This course focuses on academic reading at the IELTS 5.5 to 6.0 level. Students will read a range of academic texts at this upper intermediate level. The course is organised into weekly themes such as globalisation, education, health and wellbeing, the environment, medicine, art and design, architecture, technology and society, and the brain. These subject areas will provide a practical and engaging medium for students to improve their academic reading skills. Students will learn to identify main ideas and supporting details in a reading text, and to evaluate a text's register (academic, informal, journalistic), purpose, audience, and use of evidence. Students will also learn to summarise and paraphrase effectively, in order to avoid plagiarism and communicate main ideas and key points of texts. Learning and teaching are student-centred, interactive, hands-on, and culturally responsive.
Teachers will guide and support students as they develop independent learning skills that they can use in their future degrees. Students will engage in group work and individual activities, at the same time enhancing their skills in intercultural communication, group work, and digital literacy. Students will take an active role in discussing and analysing texts, and reading texts will be supported by a range of video materials, quizzes, interactive online games, and learning forums.