Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject provides students who have already met the English prerequisites for enrolment with an opportunity to further develop their English academic skills. This is NOT a subject about how to teach English as an additional language. Rather, it is an interdisciplinary elective for students from language backgrounds other than English and a core subject for bridging students within the School of Education. The theoretical component analyses academic discourse in intercultural contexts and explores the cultural values that shape these forms of communication. The practical component includes essay writing using English patterns of expression with explicit argument and evidence. Issues of academic integrity and plagiarism are also addressed with a focus on improving referencing skills. Students are encouraged to contribute to class and small group discussions in ways that focus on understanding aspects of intercultural communication and development of the student's competence in this area.


Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorShem Macdonald

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesIndividual learning plan. Lectures and seminar discussions

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources

Student work book (available in the LMS)

Resource TypeOther resource

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorEnglish as an Additional Language Program



PublisherLa Trobe University


Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities


Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Reflect, describe and effectively communicate on a range of factors that relate to the study abroad experience.
02. Critically reflect on the internationalisation of education and the impact of culture, specifically 'academic culture', on the study abroad experience.
03. Develop strategies for improving areas of skills weakness through self-reflection on personal learning styles.
04. Demonstrated success in the conventions of academic discourse.
05. Maintain standards of academic integrity according to APA6 referencing style.
06. Collaborate in intercultural team work and individually analyse and theorise on the interrelationships between yourself and others.
07. Transfer and apply the academic skills covered across a range of disciplines.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorShem Macdonald

Class requirements

Lecture/SeminarWeek: 11 - 22
One 2.00 hours lecture/seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 11 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 11 - 22
One 1.00 hour unscheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 11 to week 22 and delivered via online.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Homework activities (Approx 450 words)

N/AOtherIndividualNo10 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5, SILO6, SILO7

Individual learning plan (Approx 900 words)

N/AOtherIndividualNo20 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5, SILO6, SILO7

Essay (Approx 2250 words)

N/AOtherIndividualNo50 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5, SILO6, SILO7

Final exam (Equiv. 450 words)

N/AOther written examIndividualNo20 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5, SILO6, SILO7