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ACS0001 Advanced Communication Skills One

Units : 2
Faculty or Section : USQ College
School or Department : USQ College
Student contribution band : Band 1
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 23 May 2022

Overview

Today’s 21st century work and learning environments demand an accurate, fluent, and flexible range of contextually appropriate communication skills. This course develops students’ capacity to communicate clearly and sufficiently in English, to meet the more complex communication demands of tertiary studies, in both face to face and digital environments, with support at an early independent level (CEFR B1+ level, IELTS 6.5, Pearson 58 or TOEFL iBT 87). It also aims to enable students to engage in the academic requirements of a range of USQ degree programs and to enable articulation to ACS 2.

In this course, activities in English have been organised from an integrated communicative language teaching approach for academic reading, writing, listening, and speaking processes, purposes, attitudes, and strategies. Students' command of the English language should develop to a degree that supports an emerging expression of `voice' and enables students to begin to manage the comprehension, construction and delivery of a range of familiar and some non-familiar academic texts for routine purposes and audiences. Communicative English language activities are designed to develop students' capacity to integrate academic reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills reliably with some confidence. Special focus is given to developing the precision and efficiency of a students' English language skills to an intermediate level through emphasis on enabling skills such as grammar, oral fluency, pronunciation, spelling, vocabulary, coherence and cohesion, and test taking strategies.

Date printed 23 May 2022