|Faculty or Section :||USQ College|
|School or Department :||USQ College|
|Student contribution band :||Band 1|
|Grading basis :||Graded|
|Version produced :||23 May 2022|
Students from non-English speaking backgrounds can struggle to participate in the oral and aural academic life at an Australian university, due to lack to knowledge of the spoken and aural elements of Australian academic culture. This course aims to enable these students to gain skills in English for academic and professional purposes in order to equip them for successful university studies.
Students entering this course will possess an IELTS of 5.5 or equivalent, and will exit with the equivalent of an IELTS of 6, enabling entry to a range of USQ Bachelor degrees.
This course will develop speaking and listening skills in an academic context, focusing on three typical university activities; oral presentations, group discussions, and listening to lectures. It will build on the skills gained by these students in prior English studies, generally at O Level. Students will develop their abilities to give oral presentations to the academic standard required by USQ, improve their ability to discuss academic readings in a group situation, and expand their ability to give an oral presentation using academic structure. There is a focus on skill acquisition within the contexts of English-language development. Learning opportunities involve online group discussions based on academic readings, online presentations, and the chance to practise note-taking to online academic lectures.