EDUC 2003 - Academic English II

North Terrace Campus - Winter - 2021

Students undertaking this course will develop their skills in reading, writing and speaking English in an intensive study situation. They will read selected English academic texts (or extracts from them), learn skills for understanding these texts, and develop written and spoken responses to them. The course is appropriate for both students whose first language is not English and for native speakers of English. Students will develop transferable skills in critical thinking, research, the evaluation of secondary sources and the planning and drafting of academic assignments.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code EDUC 2003
    Course Academic English II
    Coordinating Unit School of Education
    Term Winter
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact 4 hours per week for 4 weeks
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange
    Incompatible ENGL 1110, ENGL 2110 and EDUC 1016
    Assessment Online grammar quiz 5%, Online punctuation quiz 5%, Online academic honesty quiz 5%, Essay plan presentation 50%, Final essay (hurdle requirement) 35%
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Julia Miller

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course, you should have had experience in:
    1 Preparing and delivering a range of academic texts (essay and oral presentation).
    2 Demonstrating skills in the genre of academic writing, including structuring at macro and micro levels; working with primary and secondary sources; developing an argument; and using register, audience and authorial voice.
    3 Developing research skills relevant to the analysis of primary and secondary sources.
    4 Developing and practisng skills in referencing, quoting, paraphrasing and avoiding plagiarism.
    5 Preparing and delivering coherent and logically argued material in both written and oral forms.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1, 3, 5
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    2, 3, 5
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    1, 5
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    1, 4, 5
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    1, 4, 5
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Course handbook - You can download a free pdf from the course in MyUni.

    It is better to bring a printed copy or a laptop/tablet, as we will use  this handbook a lot in class. Your mobile phone screen will be too small for most activities!
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    2 x 2-hour tutorials per week
    2 x 1 hour online lectures per course
    1 x 2 hour online discussion per week

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    2 x2-hour tutorials per week 16 hours per course
    12 x 1 hour online lectures per course 12 hours per course
    1 x 2 hour online discussion per week 8 hours per course
    Reading, assignment planning and online assignments 100 hours per course
    Group meetings to prepare your final online oral presentation 20 hours per course
    TOTAL 156 hours
    Learning Activities Summary
    This is a guide only. Tutorial activities may change slightly according to the needs of the class.

    Week 1
    Online lecture 1: Introduction to academic writing; Naming files; writing emails
    Online lecture 2: Building a sentence
    Online lecture 3: Thesis statements
    Online lecture 4: Academic integrity and referencing
    Online lecture 5: Punctuation
    Face to face tutorial 1: Critical and effective reading; note taking from readings; thesis statements
    Face to face tutorial 2: Essay examples; writing complete sentences; library research skills and referencing; choosing search terms

    Week 2
    Online lecture 6: Paragraphs and introductions/conclusions
    Online lecture 7: Critical thinking
    Online lecture 8: Creating a narrated PPt or video to present your essay plan
    Online lecture 9: Constructing and presenting an argument
    Face to face tutorial 3: Essay planning; grouping information
    Face to face tutorial 4: Referencing; plagiarism workshop; academic sources

    Week 3
    Online lecture 10: Paraphrasing
    Face to face tutorial 5: Developing an argument/thesis statement; introductions and conclusions; paragraph structure
    Face to face tutorial 6: Using quotations and secondary sources

    Week 4
    Online lecture 11: Editing and proofreading
    Online lecture 12: Different academic genres
    Face to face tutorial 7: Strengthening your voice and achieving cohesion
    Face to face tutorial 8: Final questions and essay peer review
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Online grammar quiz  - 5%
    Online punctuation quiz - 5%
    Online academic honesty quiz - 5%
    Essay plan presentation - 30%
    Final essay - 50%
    Participation and online discussion - 5%
    Assessment Detail
    Essay plan presentation: students will be required to create a narrated PowerPoint explaining the plan for their final essay and their reasons for planning and structuring the plan in this way,  including reflections on any difficulties encountered and areas still to be addressed – 30% weighting

    Final essay: students will be given a choice of 6 essay topics relating to Academic English skills. They will choose one topic and write an essay on it,  including support from at least four peer reviewed journal articles.
    Academic English 1 students – 1500 words total, including at least 4 references
    Academic English 2 students – 2000 words total, including at least 6 references

    Participation and online discussion: students will be assessed on their contribution to in-class activities and to the online discussion forum (N.B. online contributions can be  made at the time of the online discussion or after the scheduled discussion time, ie synchronously or asynchronously) – 5% weighting
    All assignments will be submitted online.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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