Course Title: Advanced English Language

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Advanced English Language

Credit Points: 12.00


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,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 1 2023,
Sem 1 2024


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 2 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 1 2023,
Sem 1 2024


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 2 2020

Course Coordinator: Dr Caroline Norma

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 8306

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 37. 05 .01A

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

Advanced English aims to extend knowledge and skills English in academic and professional domains, with a special focus on grammatical structure, writing and postgraduate research conventions, and oral skills. 

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, e.g. translating and interpreting. Students from other areas will also benefit from advanced capabilities in oral presentation, academic convention and essay writing. 


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes 

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes

  • Critically reflect on and apply advanced concepts and knowledge of languages, cultures and research methods in order to facilitate communication across cultures and languages.
  • Use advanced level cognitive, technical and creative skills to resolve issues of transfer and professional practice to creatively transfer the communicative intent of a speaker or written discourse or postgraduate-level written text, from one language into another.
  • Investigate, critically analyse, and apply a range of approaches to translating and interpreting, based on professional practice and discipline knowledge locally and globally.
  • Apply professional communication skills in multi-lingual environments to an advanced level appropriate for formal, academic environments in a range of settings

Course Learning Outcomes 

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Understand and be able to conduct independent research on global issues using a variety of sources  in high registers and multiple genres
  2. Employ advanced-level communication strategies and techniques based on linguistic and cultural knowledge 
  3. Identify personal strengths and weaknesses in academic study and English language development to develop postgraduate-level academic skills and knowledge of university conventions. 
  4. Use a range of English styles appropriately, in order to facilitate communication in a range of genres in high registers
  5. Critically analyse and evaluate texts that are found in postgraduate settings
  6. Use standard written English across a variety of genres, and to use a recommended citation system appropriately for high-level postgraduate research and writing

Overview of Learning Activities

Students will improve their grammatical correctness, oral presentations capabilities, and academic/essay writing skills.  A range of learning activities are planned for this course including input from the lecturer, essay writing, student presentations, group discussions and peer review activities.

Students are encouraged to assess their individual needs and 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 is paramount for progressing and achieving the goals of the course. 

Overview of Learning Resources

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

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal. 

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 Tasks 

You will be required to submit a range of assessments throughout the semester to demonstrate how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and capabilities. Assessment tasks may involve working independently and/or as part of a pair or team on a range of written, oral and interactive tasks (for example, in-class tests, essays, class presentations, group projects, debates, learning diaries, final exams etc).  

Assessment Task 1: Referencing for postgraduate research writing (20%) (CLO 6) 

Assessment Task 2: Oral Presentations for postgraduate research settings, 10 minutes (30%) (CLO 1,2,4) 

Assessment Task 3: Advanced-level written composition and editing task for postgraduate genres, 1000 words (30%) (CLO 1,2,3,4,5) 

Assessment Task 4: Weekly Homework (20%) (CLO 1,3,4,5,6) 

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks. 

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more. 

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.