Communication skills resource 8: Language audit tool

Communication skills language audit tool [PDF 69KB]

Use this Communication skills language audit tool to analyse how language is being taught and assessed in your subject. This can help you identify areas that require attention.

Subject name:Subject number:
School: 
Year:Semester:
  1. At what level is this subject?
    1. cornerstone
    2. mid-point
    3. capstone
  2. Does the subject include graduate communication capabilities (speaking and/or writing) in its intended learning outcomes?
    1. Yes (go to next question)
    2. No (go to question 6)
  3. How does the subject assess these graduate communication capabilities? Please describe. (e.g. Students are awarded 5% for essay structure as part of their first essay task.)
  4. Are these communication skills being addressed in the course content?
    1. Yes (go to next question)
    2. No (go to question 6)
  5. How are the communication skills addressed?
    (e.g. Week 2 lecture includes 30 minutes of teaching on essay structure by subject lecturer or Student Learning lecturer, students are provided with annotated model essays on the subject LMS space, tutors provide assistance with draft essays during tutorials.)
  6. Does the subject address other communication skills? (e.g. reading, listening)
    1. Yes (go to next question)
    2. No (go to question 10)
  7. How are these skills addressed? Please describe.
  8. Are these skills assessed?
    1. Yes (go to next question)
    2. No (go to question 10)
  9. How are these skills assessed? Please describe. (e.g. Students are awarded 10% for demonstrating understanding of course readings in two short summary tasks.)
  10. Does the unit offer any other opportunities for developing English language skills?
    1. Yes (Please describe)
    2. No