Courses for Academic English

There are a number of formal opportunities to further improve your academic English and communication skills while at ANU. 

ANU College

ANU College offers two academic English courses that you can undertake as part of your degree program. Students should consult with your College student office to discuss how to fit these into your program.

Essential University English, ESEN1101: aimed at undergraduates students and covers general academic English to help students to improve their language skills, and learn about Australian academic style in terms of critical thinking, referencing, plagiarism. Additionally students learn about English requirements from their own study areas, to cope with the language particular to their own disciplines.

Extended University English, ESEN6101: aimed at postgraduate students and covers learning to communicate through interaction in English. Students learn to develop their communication skills through pair work, group work, and fluency-based activities that develop confidence.The course provides opportunities to practice and develop language functions, grammar and pronunciation activities.

Additionally, ANU College has a two fee paying preparatory English Language courses that you can take to help you to prepare for your studies at ANU.

ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

CASS offers a course that students can take as part of their degree program, subject to the completion of prerequisite courses. The course can be taken as part of an undergraduate or postgraduate program.

Advanced Academic English, LING2107/6030: designed to help students engage with academic sources and write accurately and persuasively for an academic audience. Activities will develop academic reading strategies, writing skills (such as note making, annotation, planning, drafting, peer reviewing, revising, editing) and speaking and listening skills for discussions and presentations. Students will be encouraged to develop reading, writing, listening and speaking skills in their own areas of interest. 

ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science

Students enrolled in the Master of Engineering and the Master of Computing programs complete two Professional Practice courses that have a strong focus on communication skills as part of their program of study.

Professional Practice 1, ENGN6250/COMP6250: aims to heighten students' awareness of professional practice, and to develop new interpersonal and communication skills, leading to students becoming more competent professionals in their field.

Professional Practice 2, ENGN8260/COMP8260:  builds upon individual capacity, and further develops students' professional skills, values, and attributes in ways that directly complement their technical expertise. In particular, the course will provide students with skills to interpret, critically evaluate, and justify their own and others' decisions with reference to ethical and professional standards and expectations. 

ANU College of Law

ANU College of Law offers a non-compulsory course designed to assist first year law students who have English as a second language.

English in a Legal Context, LAWS4209: assists first year law students who have English as a second language. The course takes material from subject areas to which students are exposed in their first year of law studies (Foundations of Australian Law, Torts, Lawyers Justice and Ethics and Contracts) and creates activities designed both to help students to develop a cultural context for their legal studies and to acquire the practical legal skills they will need for their future study and practice.

ANU College of Science

The Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science offers a range of science communication courses aimed at educating students to become skilled communicators who can engage people with the science, technology or medical information that is most relevant to them. Courses in Science Communication are open to any undergraduate and postgraduate students who have an interest in learning about communicating scientific issues with the public. The College of Science also offers a course in presenting research designed for postgraduate Biology students. 

Science and Public Awareness, SCOM1001: is an undergraduate course which provides an introduction to contemporary social and communication issues in science, technology, and society. The course focuses on current events and issues facing scientists, science communicators, policy makers, and the community. Students are encouraged to discuss their own perceptions of science and technology in the context of the broader community, and the problems with (and solutions to) communicating science with non-expert audiences. A strong emphasis is placed on collaboration with other students, and students are expected to take an active approach to learning.

Communicating Science with the Public, SCOM8014: is a postgraduate course highlighting the problems commonly encountered by those of the public who have not 'succeeded' in science or suffered from poor early experiences. The course content includes: aspects of gender and multiculturalism; language in science, misconceptions and analogies; current developments in science communication; research in science communication.

Research Presentation Skills, BIOL8291: is a course for postgraduate students in biology and related disciplines, designed to provide students with the opportunity to develop reading, writing and presentation skills that are now critical in career development and advancement in science. The course will be taught as a series of workshops emphasizing scientific writing and communicating to a scientific audience through written work, oral and poster presentations.