English Language and Academic Literacy Support Programmes

Module Descriptions

Office of Learning and Teaching, Curtin University, Malaysia

  1. Science and Engineering Literacy and Language (SELL) Programme for Engineering and Science Students:
    SELL 1: Referencing, citing and plagiarism
    • Presentation on how to use Chicago 16th Ed. To cite and reference
    • What plagiarism is, what causes it and the process penalties if one is charged with it?
    SELL 2: Academic writing and paragraph structure
    • The eight characteristics of academic writing and why we must follow its conventions
    • Topic sentences
    • Paragraph design and development
    SELL 3: Cohesion and coherence
    • What cohesion and coherence are and how they work?
    • Using connectors and transition signals
    SELL 4: Editing, proofreading and common errors
    • Subject verb agreement
    • Redundancies
    • Group editing activities

    Note: Students complete all four 2-hour modules.

  2. Starting University Confidently and Competently English Support Scheme (SUCCESS) for Media Students
    SUCCESS 1: Assignment types
    • The defining features of essays and reflective journals
    • Recognising the requirements of each assignment type
    SUCCESS 2: Analysing the question
    • Analysing an assignment question
    • Identifying the subject, instructions and key aspects of an assignment question
    • Addressing the requirements of a task
    SUCCESS 3: Academic style
    • Identifying the key components and conventions of academic style
    • Applying these components of academic style to a text
    SUCCESS 4: Writing well-structured questions
    • Identifying the essential components of a sentence
    • Recognising different sentence types
    • Constructing grammatically correct sentences
    SUCCESS 5: Constructing paragraphs
    • General rules of paragraphs
    • Paragraph structure and organisation
    • Introductory/concluding paragraphs (for essays)
    • When and how to use dot/bullet points
    SUCCESS 6: Linking ideas
    • Recognising the structure of a cohesive text
    • Identifying the elements of a cohesive text
    • Applying the appropriate strategies to create cohesion within a text
    SUCCESS 7: Introductions and conclusions
    • Identifying the key features of an effective introduction
    • Constructing a well-organised introduction, and a succinct conclusion
    SUCCESS 8: Referencing and paraphrasing
    • Identifying the rationale for referencing in academic writing
    • Developing a clear understanding of what constitutes plagiarism
    • Demonstrating how to quote, summarise and paraphrase
    • Incorporate correctly referenced sources into your written work
    SUCCESS 9: Editing and proofreading
    • Identifying key processes involved in editing and proofreading
    • Applying these principles to a written text in a systematic way
    • Presenting your work in a professional manner

    Note: Students complete any seven 1-hour modules

  3. Language Support Modules Open for All students
    LSM 1: Academic vocabulary
    • Two-word verbs
    • Hedging
    • Formal, informal vocabulary
    • Nominalization
    LSM 2: Critical reading and thinking
    • Definition and examples of critical thinking
    • Reading activities and discussion of materials regarding critical thinking
    LSM 3: Note taking
    • Examples of methods of note taking
    • Listening comprehension and practice taking notes
    LSM 4: Presentation skills
    • Slide show on what it takes to be a good presenter
    • Tips on how to control nerves
    • Voice modulation and projection
    • Practice short introductions
    LSM 5: Editing, proofreading and common errors
    • Subject verb agreement
    • Redundancies
    • Group editing activities
    LSM 6: Redundancies and auxiliaries
    • Examples of redundancies
    • How they distort meaning bog down comprehension for reader
    • List of auxiliaries and those that are full verbs
    • How auxiliaries are used in combination with full verbs
    LSM 7: Referencing citing and plagiarism
    • Presentation on Chicago 16th ed. and how it works
    • Plagiarism and the consequences
    • Why people plagiarize and how to avoid it
    LSM 8: Cohesion and coherence
    • What they are and how they work
    • Using connectors and transition signals
    LSM 9: Sentence mechanics
    • What constitutes a sentence
    • Manipulating sentences for purposes of paraphrasing
    • Present and past perfect and passive voice

    Note: OLT offers the above LSM periodically or/and upon request by the faculties.

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