University of Technology Sydney

59720 Academic English: Communication Fundamentals

6cp; 2hpw with preview and follow-up work through Canvas, on campus; availability: for students who have already completed at least one session at UTS and who would like to develop their academic English skills; students who have not completed at least one session at UTS should see either 59355 Developing Academic Writing and Speaking Skills (6cp) or 59356 Developing Academic Writing and Speaking Skills (8cp)


This subject provides an introduction to the nature of effective spoken and written communication in academic contexts. It examines what makes this form of communication different from communication in other contexts and makes its sometimes hidden rules explicit to students. Students study a range of spoken and written academic texts, unpack the features of the texts that make the communication effective, practise using these features, and receive peer and teacher feedback on their academic communicative competence.

Typical availability

Autumn session, City campus,
Spring session, City campus

The subject is usually offered in these sessions. To confirm availability check the UTS Timetable Planner.

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