Academic English: Economics and Business

Subject ESLA10005 (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

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. Native or near-native speakers of English are not eligible to enrol.

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


Ms Kellie Frost



Subject Overview:

This subject aims to develop ESL students' academic writing and speaking abilities through a study of topics in economics. Class exercises and assessment tasks provide students with opportunities to practice, receive feedback, and thus develop their academic language. The assessment tasks focus on the ability to synthesize information from a range of sources, communicate confidently in group work and individually, and write assignments which are well structured and use language accurately and appropriately.

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this subject, students should:

  • be able to extract main points from a range of texts;
  • be able to synthesize information from spoken and written sources;
  • be able to participate confidently in group work;
  • be able to present information in oral and written form fluently and accurately;
  • have a greater understanding of Australia's economy and its key institutions.
  • Assignment 1 (1000 words) first draft due in week 6, final draft due in week 8 [20%]
  • Assignment 2 (1500 words) first draft due in week 12, final draft due at the end of semester [30%]
  • 2 x Integrated tasks (600 words total) due in week 8 and week 11 [30%]
  • Short oral presentation (equivalent to 500 words) [10%]
  • 2 x short writing tasks (400 words total) due in week 5 and week 7 [10%]

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.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
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

Download PDF version.