Course Title: Advanced English Language 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Advanced English Language 1

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013

Course Coordinator: Dr Miranda LAI

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3523

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 37.5.18

Course Coordinator Availability: By appoitment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

Advanced English is aimed at reinforcing students' English in academic and professional domains, with special focus on grammatical structure, writing conventions, and oral skills. This course is particularly suited to students whose mother tongue is Language Other Than English. It will specifically support students who needs high command of written and oral English in their disciplinary field, e.g. translating and interpreting. Students from other areas will also benefit from enhanced capabilities in oral presentation, academic and project report writing.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

• an understanding of and an ability to conduct independent research on global issues using a variety of sources
• the ability to employ appropriate communication strategies and techniques informed by language and cultural knowledge
• the ability to identify personal strengths and weaknesses in academic study and English language development
• the ability to use (a variety of) English appropriately in order to facilitate communication
• the ability to critically analyse and evaluate texts
• the ability to use standard written English across a variety of academic genres and to use a recommended citation system appropriately

As above

Overview of Learning Activities

A range of learning experiences are planned for this course including input from the lecturer, student presentations, group discussions and Internet research on global issues. Students are encouraged to assess their individual needs and to set their own priorities and goals for the course. Class work will be supported by an online component to facilitate communication and to provide additional resources.

Overview of Learning Resources

Students should purchase a suitable grammar book and a dictionary for class use. A handbook of worksheets and readings will be given out in first class. Students will be expected to complete requested readings before each class and conduct independent research for some of their assessment tasks.
The online component will provide additional resources.

Overview of Assessment

Summary of assessment tasks:

Assessment tasks for this course may include the following:

 a reflective journal or blog; an oral presentation; a written essay or report and a class test.