Academic English 1

Subject ESLA10003 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 1 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 29-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-May-2016

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 25-Jul-2016 to 23-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 05-Aug-2016
Census Date 31-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 48 hours- 1 x 1 hour lecture, 1 x 2 hour tutorial and 1 x 1 hour tutorial per week
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours


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.

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects:

Native or near-native speakers of English or students who have completed ESLA10004 Academic English 2 are not eligible to enrol.

Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Dr Celia Thompson



Subject Overview:

Through the study of multiculturalism in Australian society, this subject develops students' ability to use academic English language. The subject is specifically designed for students who require intensive attention to their academic writing development. Its primary focus is on developing students' ability to structure an academic paper, develop an argument, make effective use of citations and draw conclusions. A range of other academic abilities are also developed such as critical thinking, effective reading, participation in small group work and oral presentations.

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this subject, students should:

  • be able to write academic assignments fluently, accurately and appropriately;
  • be able to analyse academic texts purposively and critically;
  • be able to speak effectively in academic settings;
  • have participated actively in group work;
  • have developed an understanding of the development of Australia as a multicultural society;
  • be able to synthesise and organise material from spoken and written sources.
  • Assignment 1 400 word summary due in week 4 [10%]
  • Assignment 2 (800 words) due end of week 6 [20%]
  • Oral presentation (600 words) due in weeks 7-11 [15%]
  • Assignment 3 (800 words) due end of week 9 [20%]
  • Assignment 4 (1400 words) due at the end of semester [35%]

Hurdle requirement: Students must attend a minimum of 75% of tutorials in order to pass this subject. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Note: Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per working day. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked.

Prescribed Texts:

A Subject Reader will be made available

Breadth Options:

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

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

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Generic Skills:

Students who successfully complete this subject should :

  • be able to synthesise and organise material from spoken and written sources;
  • be more independent learners.
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: English Language Studies

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