59712 Australian Language Studies
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Credit points: 8 cp
Undergraduate and PostgraduateResult type: Grade and marks
There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.
Requisite elaboration/waiver: Non-English-speaking background international, exchange or study abroad students who meet the requisite English proficiency score (IELTS: 5.0-6.0 overall with a writing score of 5.0; TOEFL: paper based: 510-550 overall with TWE of 3.0, internet based: 35-78 overall with a writing score of 14)
This subject is designed for international students as part of an Australian Language and Culture Studies program. The subject aims to develop students' oral and written English, and their sociolinguistic awareness of Australia, through the study of a range of topics related to Australian society and culture. The subject also provides an overview of the Australian education system and introduces the key genres relevant to participation in an Australian tertiary education environment. Students who have successfully completed this one-session.subject are eligible to audit a mainstream FASS subject in their second session.
Subject learning objectives (SLOs)
|a.||Comprehend short texts in written and spoken English|
|b.||Argue coherently in a short written text in English|
|c.||Participate effectively in a short oral interview in English|
Contribution to the development of graduate attributes
As this is a stand-alone subject and not part of a specific degree program, the subject engages with the following
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Graduate Attributes:
1. Professional Readiness
2. Critical and Creative Inquiry
3. International and Intercultural Engagement
5. Active Citizenship
6. Effective Communication
Teaching and learning strategies
Preparation for classes
Students will be expected to (1) preview material either posted to UTS Online or provided in class the week before, and (2) have completed any homework tasks, such as a reading comprehension task, a writing skills development task, or preparation for a speaking task.
The in-class activities will feature of mix of:
lecturer input on language systems and language macro-skills, notably in response to student achievement on set tasks
individual student practice of listening, reading and writing skills through concrete and in-context tasks
interactive student discussion of how to best approach set tasks
collaborative writing activities where appropriate
peer feedback on writing
interactive speaking practice activities
interactive student evaluation of task achievement.
Students will be expected to complete short language skills development tasks that consolidate and extend activities done in class.
The content in this subject includes texts and activities relevant to entry and participation in an Australian tertiary education environment.
Assessment task 1: Critical listening and reading
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Assessment task 2: Short essay
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Assessment task 3: Short interview
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Attendance at weekly classes is important for this subject because it is based on the interchange of ideas with other students and with the lecturer. Students must attend at least 9 of the 11 classes. Students who do not meet this attendance requirement will not have their final assessment task (Short interview) marked.
As each assessment task evaluates a unique subject learning objective, students must pass each assessment task In order to pass the subject.
Australia Network n.d. Study English: IELTS preparation, viewed 28 January 2015, http://australianetwork.com/studyenglish/
Australia Network n.d. Passport to English: IELTS speaking test, viewed 28 January 2015, http://australianetwork.com/passport/
Bradley, D., Dyer, W., Hayman, J., Soars, J. & Soars, L. 1997, Headway Australasia pre-intermediate student's book, Oxford University Press, Australia.
Bradley, D., Dyer, W., Hayman, J., Soars, J. & Soars, L. 1996, Headway Australasia intermediate student's book, Oxford University Press, Australia.
Brick, J. 2006, Academic culture: A students guide to studying at university, National Centre for English Language Teaching and Research, Macquarie University, Australia.
Hay, I. Bochner, D. Dungey, C. 2006, Making the grade: A guide to successful communication and study, 3rd edn, Oxford University Press, South Melbourne, Vic, Australia.
Shiels, K., Garnsworthy, M. & Robinson, J. 2012, Read it write it pre-intermediate Australasia student book, Oxford University Press, Australia.
UTS Insearch, 2011, Prepare for IELTS practice tests: academic module, Insearch, Sydney.