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Our Courses 2017-05-09T07:37:41+00:00

Term Dates:

2017: Semester 1: 30 January – 30 June 2017 | Semester 2: 17 July – 15 December 2017

2018: Semester 1: 29 January – 29 June 2018 | Semester 2: 16 July – 14 December 2018

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EAP

The English Language School for Pastoral Ministry (ELSPM) offers a special English Language course for students wanting to enter tertiary/university studies at the University of Divinity (UD) including the Yarra Theological Union (YTU). The course is known as English for Academic Purposes (EAP) and ensures direct entry into courses run by the University of Divinity and YTU. The EAP course is tailored to ensure students can handle formal academic studies in Theology and other allied religious disciplines before they begin to enrol in such courses. The course covers all the tertiary academic skills required for a student’s UD/YTU programme of study. Students need a level of English equivalent to IELTS 5.5 to complete a 20 week programme of EAP.

Students will be introduced to skills of:

  • speaking effectively in an academic context through making tutorial presentations and learning how to debate and discuss differing viewpoints and opinions
  • planning and developing strategies for assessments, assignments and exams
  • being able to use a variety of media and audiovisual material
  • writing referenced papers through being able to apply and use independent study skills
  • listening effectively and note-taking

This course aims to provide teaching/learning modules for adult learners across the four macro skill areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing. Additional supportive modules are also provided in the structural skills areas of grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation.  Students need a level of English equivalent to IELTS 4.5 to study English in this course.

MACROSKILLS:

Listening.

  • To practice the following skills when listening — listening for gist, listening for main ideas, inferring,
  • To identify how language structures are used in context
  • To increase size and utilisation of vocabulary
  • To understand the relevant cultural contexts of oral communication

Speaking

  • To improve students’ fluency of expression, through practising and increasing the students’ variety of lexical phrases when participating in discussions and conversations

Reading

  • To know, recognise and understand the different associated language features of the various text types
  • To practice the following skills when reading — reading for meaning, reading for main ideas, making inferences
  • Developing academic reading skills through strong vocabulary development — especially with an eye to the needs of future academic purposes

Writing

  • To write a variety of text types through utilising the associated language features of each and practise this through becoming familiar with the “writing process”
  • To develop the skills of reflection, analysis and interpretation when writing a personal text
  • To empower students towards autonomy and independence in the practising of their writing skills
  • For students to show cross-cultural awareness in their writing, especially through the areas of vocabulary and grammar
  • To gain control over sentence structure, punctuation practices and paragraph structures
  • To write a variety of texts including, the ability to write descriptive texts, to write letters and essays, to write journals, to express opinions, and to compare and contrast ideas
  • To write a variety of texts through utilising the skills for; i) the correct order of paragraphing and the logical division of ideas; ii) the use a topic sentences and noun phrases; iii) the use of personal pronouns, contractions and informal vocabulary; iv) the ability to distinguish between personal and impersonal register; and v) the use of passive and active sentence structures;
  • To engage in self and peer assessments, through the critical use of given criteria

Structure

  • To develop students’ knowledge of grammar and vocabulary by the developing their awareness and utilisation of the specific features needed for impersonal and academic texts. This is done through a precise focus on sentence structure, and word and phrase formation
  • To show how pronunciation affects meaning (including word order, stress etc)

This course aims to provide teaching/learning modules for adult learners across the four macro skill areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing. Additional supportive modules are also provided in the structural skills areas of grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation.  Students need a level of English equivalent to IELTS 3.5 to study English in this course.

MACROSKILLS:

Listening.

  • To practice making PREDICTIONS about a speakers discourse
  • To listen to the speaker’s gist and interpolate the MAIN IDEAS of the speaker
  • To make relevant INFERENCES, when listening
  • To remember and understand new VOCABULARY
  • To identify INTERCULTURAL references in a speakers discourse

Speaking

  • To develop and demonstrate skills of reflection, analysis and interpretation, when speaking on any given topic
  • To develop and reinforce student’s self-confidence, so as to give speakers an independence in their communication and a sense of self-autonomy in their self-expression for both formal and informal situations

Reading

  • To gain a greater understanding and awareness of Current Affairs through the reading of news and stories as they appear in newspapers
  • To understand and identify different text types and genres, as they appear in their varying contexts within newspapers
  • To understand and become familiar with the purpose, structure and language features of all these text types, as they appear in the newspapers

Writing

  • To learn how to write particular text types and to understand and use their associated language features
  • To choose examples of these text types in accordance with students needs and interests
  • To write text types through ‘The Writing Process’, showing a control and mastery over spelling, punctuation, and sentence and paragraph structures

Structure

  • To know, understand, and use the grammatical structures needed to express abstract and impersonal concepts in both written and spoken English
  • To use these skills for impersonal expression in the beginnings of sentences, and in the structure of noun phrases
  • The use of present and past participles as adjectives
  • The knowledge and use of relative clauses and prepositional phrases

The knowledge and use of noun phrases

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