Academic English: Economics and Commerce

Subject ESLA10005 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 1 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 1-hour lecture and three hours of tutorials per week
Total Time Commitment: 4 contact hours/week, 4 additional hours/week. Total of 8 hours per week.
Prerequisites: Non-native speakers of English may enrol without sitting for a placement test but may be recommended to other subjects during the first two weeks of the semester depending on their English language proficiency. Native or near-native speakers of English are not eligible to enrol.
Corequisites: none
Recommended Background Knowledge: none
Non Allowed Subjects: Formerly available as 145-008/125. Students who have completed 145-008 or 145-125 are not eligible to enrol in this subject.
Core Participation Requirements: For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements for this entry.

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Dr Neomy Storch


Subject Overview:

This subject involves the study of economics and commerce content-based English for academic purposes. Students should develop their academic language through a study of Australia"s economy and its major economic institutions. Students will develop the ability to speak appropriately in academic settings, communicate confidently as part of a team, read economics and commerce texts critically, take effective notes in economics/commerce lectures, and write reports and assignments fluently and accurately.

  • read Economics/Commerce texts critically.
  • take effective notes in lectures.
  • write reports and assignments fluently and accurately.
  • communicate confidently as part of a team.
  • speak appropriately in academic settings.
  • have a greater understanding of Australia"s economy and economic institutions.
Assessment: Two integrated listening/reading/writing tasks totalling 1000 words (30%) completed in class during the semester, oral and written class exercises totalling 1000 words (20%) completed during the semester, a 700 word assignment due mid semester (20%) and a 1200 word assignment due week 14 (30%)
Prescribed Texts:

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Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

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Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • synthesise and organise material from spoken and written sources.
  • be more independent learners.
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: English Language Studies
English as a Second Language

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