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ACS0002 Advanced Communication Skills Two

Units : 2
Faculty or Section : USQ College
School or Department : USQ College
Student contribution band : Band 1
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 24 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 at an effective level with more fluency and spontaneity in English, to meet the more complex communication demands of tertiary studies in a range of academic contexts including face to face and digital environments at an independent level (CEFR B2, IELTS 7.0, Pearson 65, or TOEFL iBT 94). It also aims to prepare and help enable students to meet future registration requirements of a range of professional disciplines, and to enable students to engage in the academic requirements of a range of USQ degree programs. It will also enable articulation to ACS 3.

In this course, activities in English have been organised from an integrated communicative language teaching approach for the development of more independent academic reading, writing, listening, and speaking processes, purposes, attitudes, and strategies. Students should develop command of the English language to support a more confident expression of `voice' and to manage the comprehension, construction and delivery of a wide range of texts on concrete and abstract academic topics for technical purposes and academic audiences in his/her field of specialisation. Communicative English language activities are designed to develop students' capacity to integrate academic reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills more confidently and communicate meaning in spoken and written interactions with detailed and reasoned clarity. Special focus is given to developing the precision and efficiency of a students' English language skills to an upper intermediate level through emphasis on enabling skills such as grammar, oral fluency, pronunciation, spelling, vocabulary, coherence and cohesion, and test taking strategies.

Date printed 24 May 2022