Course Title: English Academic Literacies

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: English Academic Literacies

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


TRN RMIT Training


Term1 2019,
Term2 2019,
Term1 2020,
Term2 2020,
Term 1 2021,
Term2 2021

Course Coordinator: Team Leader

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3069

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Level 4, B108

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None. It is assumed that students have an English proficiency of 5.5 in IELTS or equivalent.

Course Description

This course lays the foundation for students to communicate in English in their Foundation Program and future studies. Students will increase their English skills in academic contexts and learn strategies to succeed in higher education. Themes will include social and digital connections, communication, education now and in the future, and professionalism.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

See Learning Outcomes.

Course Learning Outcomes

CLO1 Use strategies to understand and respond to listening and reading texts in formal and informal academic genres.

CLO2 Organise and present coherent ideas, arguments, opinions and reflections in speaking and writing.

CLO3 Collaborate with peers to share ideas and carry out tasks.

CLO4 Develop an understanding of academic conventions and use and attribute others’ ideas appropriately in your own work.

CLO5 Acquire a range of language structures and vocabulary related to your current and future study.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Employ academic English and communication skills appropriately in a range of academic contexts
  2. Demonstrate familiarity and capability in study skills for an Australian university environment
  3. Work independently and in groups to meet learning outcomes

Overview of Learning Activities

The course will comprise a combination of class exercises, projects, group work and oral presentations. Learning activities may include excursions, library sessions, research projects and group work.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

This portal gives you access to important announcements, staff contact details, the teaching schedule, assessment timelines and a variety of important teaching and learning materials. You can access online tools and content for your program and associated courses at myRMIT

The university has extensive resources for students. The Library has produced a number of subject guides that include quality online and print resources for your studies.

Library Guides The Library provides guides on academic referencing;ID=78hlzmgingnr and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarians.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.

Assessment will include:

Language Use Test 1: Grammar & Vocabulary


Week 2

Quiz A


Week 7

Quiz B


Week 16

Oral Communication 1a, 1b & 1c: Tutorials x 3


Wks 3,6, 9

Speaking 2a: Oral Presentation


Week 9

Writing 1: Paragraph & Conclusion Writing


Week 4

Writing 2: Referenced Essay


Week 14

Comprehension 1 (Listening & Reading)


Week 18