LANG 1029 Foundations of Academic English

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 102735

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Description Academic English is a particular kind of English that is used in academic writing and other professional contexts. This unit aims to improve students' written communication skills in academic English. The unit content includes English grammar as well as analytical reading and writing in academic English. Students will also learn to identify and to make cogent and sophisticated arguments using various written formats. Student work will be assessed in terms of theoretical and applied knowledge as well as in terms of writing skills.

School Humanities & Comm Arts

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 4 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 1 subject

Equivalent Subjects HUMN 1002 - Analytical Reading and Writing HUMN 1003 - Analytical Reading and Writing (WSTC) LANG 1031 - Foundations of Academic English (WSTC)

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Demonstrate university-level skills in reading, writing and analytical reasoning.
  2. Identify and analyse arguments across different textual genres.
  3. Construct formal and structured responses in academic English.
  4. Develop practical and theoretical skills in formal grammar.
  5. Construct logical arguments.
  6. Engage with a range of Englishes, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander varieties of English.
  7. Integrate source material into student responses.

Subject Content

The history of the English language.
Vocabulary, lexicon and register in Academic English.
Performance of writing and reading across different academic texts.
Research, structure, argumentation and referencing in formal writing.
The sociolinguistics of grammar, accent and registers in different Englishes.
The semiotics of denotation and connotation in English words.
Formal and applied grammar.

Assessment

The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Multiple choice: 4 x Quizzes (5% each) 30 minutes per quiz 20 N Individual
Quizzes: 2 quizzes (10% each) 2 hours per quiz 20 N Individual
Short answer: 3 x Short writing tasks 1,500 words in total 30 N Individual
Essay 1,000 words 30 N Individual

Teaching Periods

2022 Semester 1

Bankstown

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2022 Semester 2

Bankstown

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