English as a Second Language (ESL)

English as a Second Language (ESL)English as a Second Language subjects help students to study effectively at university by developing their academic English language. Subjects are available at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. In these subjects, students will produce research-based written and oral assignments, using a range of source materials. Emphasis is placed on students’ ability to communicate ideas clearly and fluently, using appropriate academic language.

Students from all faculties may enrol.

  • ESLA10003 Academic English 1
    In this subject students will develop their academic English through the study of the experiences of Australian migrants from different cultural backgrounds. Students focus on developing their ability to paraphrase, summarise and synthesise ideas from a range of source materials. They will learn how to incorporate these materials in their own writing, as well as learning how to create a systematic list of references. Attention is also given to structure, grammatical appropriacy and academic word choice. In addition, students will develop their ability to read purposively and to deliver short academic oral presentations.
  • ESLA10004 Academic English 2
    In this subject students will develop their academic language through the study of current issues in Australian society. This subject differs from Academic English 1 because its focus is on critically analysing texts and synthesising information from a number of spoken and written sources. Students are required to produce a collaborative formal oral presentation and independently researched written papers that are well-organised, with appropriate academic grammar, vocabulary and referencing.
  • ESLA10005 Academic English: Economics and Commerce
    This subject aims to develop ESL students' academic writing and speaking abilities through a study of topics in economics. Class exercises and assessment tasks provide students with opportunities to practice, receive feedback, and thus develop their academic language. The assessment tasks focus on the ability to synthesize information from a range of sources, communicate confidently in group work and individually, and write assignments which are well structured and use language accurately and appropriately.
  • LING90002 Presenting Academic Discourse
    This subject aims to develop the advanced language required for successful postgraduate study in English.In this subject students will develop critical approaches to researching, reading and writing. They will also develop the ability to plan and present confidently on a research topic and to write a literature review fluently and accurately. Particular attention is paid to grammatical and stylistic aspects of written and spoken academic discourse. Students write and present on a research topic that is relevant to their field of study. This subject is divided into engineering and general streams.

Staff in English as a Second Language (ESL)

ESL Coordinator for 2016

Dr Neomy Storch

Phone: +61 3 8344 5208
Email: neomys@unimelb.edu.au

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