Improve students’ communication skills

Student Learning has developed a range of resources to help teaching staff assess and develop students' communication skills.

The new resources came out of a HEPPP-funded project to investigate the assessment and development of students' written and spoken communication skills at La Trobe. With over a third of our students coming from non-English speaking backgrounds and around 18% from low socio-economic backgrounds, many students lack the highly developed communication skills they will need for academic success.

As 'literacies and communication skills' feature among our Graduate Capabilities, developing these skills is a responsibility that we share with students. It is also a responsibility which all teaching staff can fulfil by using their knowledge of discipline-specific texts and styles as well as of standard academic English.

The user-friendly resources provide simple guides and useful tools to help staff:

  1. Analyse students' written communication skills
  2. Assess their communication skills and give helpful feedback
  3. Provide opportunities for students to develop their skills
  4. Communicate effectively in culturally and linguistically diverse classes

The resources include a sample marking rubric template and comments bank, an annotated example of a minimum graduating standard for written communication, tips for teaching, and links to further help and resources.

The resources can be accessed from the LTLT Resource Library.

For more information or support using the tools, contact Student Learning, La Trobe Learning and Teaching (LTLT): SL@latrobe.edu.au.

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