Course Title: Professional English

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Professional English

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 2 2019


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 2 2019

Course Coordinator: Dr Erika Gonzalez Garcia

Course Coordinator Phone: +(61) 3 9925 0428

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 37.5.17

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

This course is suited to students who speak English as a second language and is recommended for those who have completed LANG1254 Advanced English 1.

Course Description

Professional English is aimed at refining and developing students’ ability to communicate effectively in English in a wide variety of professional settings and situations. This course is particularly suited to students whose mother tongue is a Language Other Than English. It will specifically support students who need a high command of written and oral English in their disciplinary field.

As this course comprises students from a variety of discipline areas, a great deal of emphasis is placed upon assisting students to identify and reflect on their own learning needs and goals. Students will be able to submit reports or present on topics that are relevant to their fields of expertise.The weekly session is broadly divided into 3 parts: theoretical presentations, hands-on practice and reflection.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development



Upon successful completion of the course you will be able to:

  • Draft professional cover letters for job applications
  • Be prepared for and handle job interviews successfully
  • Be familiarised with written and oral communication conventions in a variety of professional settings & situations
  • Deliver oral professional presentations using the appropriate tone, register and pronunciation in English

Overview of Learning Activities

A range of practical learning experiences are planned for this course including input from the lecturer, mock interviews/meetings, report writing, submissions of cover letters, group presentations and peer review activities. 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. The completion of weekly homework will be paramount in order to progress and achieve the goals of the course.

Overview of Learning Resources

Class work will be supported by an online component to facilitate communication and to provide additional resources.

Overview of Assessment

You will be required to submit a range of assessments throughout the semester. Assessment tasks may involve working independently and/or as part of a pair or team on a range of written, oral and interactive tasks.


You will also receive verbal and/or written feedback from your lecturers and/or peers on your assessment tasks.

There are 4 assessment tasks, involving written assignment, oral interview, report writing, and presentation.