Science Communication (ESL)

Subject ESLA10001 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

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

This subject is not offered in 2012.

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.


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.



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Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request 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 of this entry.The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:

Subject Overview:

This subject is designed for undergraduate students from a non-English speaking background studying for a degree in Science. The subject uses themes in science to develop academic English language. In this subject, students will develop the ability to take effective notes in lectures, interpret assignment and exam questions correctly, read science texts efficiently, and write assignments fluently and accurately.




A written report of 1250 words 30% (due at the end of semester). six assessment tasks completed in class and totalling 1250 words in speaking, reading and writing 30% (5% each task, due throughout the semester). three 1-hour integrated listening, reading and writing tasks totalling 1500 words (10%, 10% and 20% respectively) to be completed in class in weeks 6, 8 and 11.

Prescribed Texts:

Students will be required to purchase a subject reader.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • Students who complete this subject should be able to take salient notes in lectures.
  • speak appropriately in academic settings. read academic texts effectively.
  • write assignments and short exam answers fluently, accurately and appropriately.
  • demonstrate an understanding of the interrelationship between a range of science subjects.
  • and synthesise and organise material from spoken and written sources.

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