This unit aims to develop the reading, writing, listening and speaking, grammar and vocabulary skills necessary to undertake a post graduate course at Victoria University.

Unit details

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Students must be assessed as having an Advanced level of English or an overall IELTS of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0 ( or equivalent).

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Reading: 1. Identify, analyse and evaluate information from a range of complex texts for academic research purposes 2. Follow complex formal instructions and explanations relevant to an academic context in relation to individual research requirements 3. Review own texts in relation to complex academic requirements.  
  2. Writing: 1. Write proficiently a range of texts for academic purposes ( academic summary, research report) 2. Produce a reference list according to specified conventions 3. Edit and format own texts in relation to complex academic requirements.  
  3. Speaking: 1. Engage in and facilitate sustained formal interactions in an academic study context 2. Prepare and give an extended oral presentation on an independently researched topic 3. Give and respond to complex oral instructions and questions for a range of academic purposes.  
  4. Listening: 1. Demonstrate understanding of sustained formal interactions in a complex academic setting; 2. Demonstrate critical understanding of complex extended academic oral texts 3. Follow and respond to complex oral instructions and questions for study and independent research tasks.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Essay Researched Essay Pass/Fail
Essay Timed Essay- Compare and Contrast Organisational Structure Pass/Fail
Essay Timed Essay- Discursive Organisational Structure Pass/Fail
Journal Reflective Journal Pass/Fail
Presentation Group seminar presentation Pass/Fail
Test Listening and reading tests Pass/Fail

Required reading

EAP6 Student Workbook. This is a student workbook developed by VU English.

Oxford EAP: A course in English for Academic Purposes
Edward de Chazal & Sam McCarter, 2012
Oxford University Press

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