LANG 1031 Foundations of Academic English (WSTC)

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 700291

Coordinator Jade Alexander Opens in new window

Description Academic English is a special 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 1 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 1029 - Foundations of Academic English

Restrictions Students must be enrolled at Western Sydney University, The College. Students enrolled in Extended College programs must have passed 40 credit points of the preparatory subjects in these programs.

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 variety 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
Quizzes 1 hour each 25 N Individual
Essay 1 750 words 25 N Individual
Peer review 300 words 15 N Individual
Essay 2 1000 words 35 N Individual

Teaching Periods

2022 Trimester 1

Parramatta City - George St

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Subject Contact Natalie Quinlivan Opens in new window

Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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2022 Trimester 2

Bankstown

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Subject Contact Natalie Quinlivan Opens in new window

Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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Nirimba Education Precinct

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Subject Contact Natalie Quinlivan Opens in new window

Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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Parramatta City - George St

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Subject Contact Natalie Quinlivan Opens in new window

Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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2022 Trimester 3

Bankstown

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Subject Contact Natalie Quinlivan Opens in new window

Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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Nirimba Education Precinct

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Subject Contact Natalie Quinlivan Opens in new window

Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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Parramatta City - George St

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Subject Contact Natalie Quinlivan Opens in new window

Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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