59721 Academic English: Communication Fundamentals
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Credit points: 8 cp
Result type: Grade, no marks
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. Students also begin to explore the distinguishing features of communication within their own discipline.
Subject learning objectives (SLOs)
|Read critically and identify relevant information in academic texts
|Locate and evaluate relevant texts to support an academic argument
|Recognise the generic stages and features of academic texts written and spoken in English
|Produce written texts appropriate to the register and genres of academic writing
|Produce spoken texts appropriate to the register and genres of academic speaking
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
In this subject, students will engage in a variety of learning activities, including lecture, discussion, pair and group tasks, language exercises, reading and reflection. The lecturer scaffolds the reading of research-based texts and students participate in collaborative pair/group tasks to discuss, analyse, and critique the readings. Students also analyse samples of academic assignments. Based on lecturer input and self-study, students complete weekly tasks to check their learning on key aspects of academic reading, writing and referencing. Formative feedback will be provided on tasks completed in class.
In addition to weekly lectures and learning activities, students will read prescribed texts, locate appropriate academic resources to support written assessment tasks, and write, revise and edit their assignments. Students will access and study a range of academic learning materials available online and on the UTS Library website. They will reflect on their development as learners, and on the ways in which their knowledge from this subject can be applied across a range of academic contexts and in their professional practice.
The subject consists of three components as follows:
- Understanding academic culture and academic communication
- Locating, evaluating, and analysing academic readings
- Analysing and producing spoken and written academic texts and argumentation
Assessment task 1: Annotated bibliography and summary of one journal article
a, b, c and d
1200 words (not including citations or references)
Assessment task 2: Recorded oral presentation
b, c and e
Assessment task 3: Literature review
b, c and d
2000 words (not including citations or references)
There are no set textbooks for this subject. Weekly readings will be posted on Canvas.