Academic English Language Requirement (AELR)


In 2016, the University will introduce an Academic English Language Requirement into all its bachelor’s degree programmes. The Requirement will not affect whether you are offered a place on a programme.

Why is the Requirement being introduced?

The aim of the Academic English Language Requirement (AELR) is to ensure you have a sufficient level of competence in academic English to support your study at University.

Maree McEntee, the 2015 Sustained Excellence Award in teaching recipient, explains how the AELR will help students. Find out more by visiting How will the AELR help students?

Who must meet the Requirement?

You must meet the AELR if you are admitted to a University of Auckland bachelor’s degree programme and you are:

  • a domestic student
  • an international student applying on the basis of a New Zealand secondary school qualification
  • an international student applying on the basis of results at another New Zealand tertiary institution

How do I meet the Academic English Language Requirement?

The AELR may be met through your entry qualification or through satisfactory completion of an approved course in your first 12 months of study.

Meeting the Requirement through your entrance qualification

School qualifications

  • For those applying on the basis of NCEA results: You will meet the Requirement if you have gained the University Entrance Literacy Standard and a minimum of 17 credits in English at Level 2 and/or 3.* #
  • For those applying on the basis of CIE (taken in NZ) results: You will meet the Requirement if you have gained the University Entrance Literacy Standard and a minimum of a D grade in an English course at AS or A Level.
  • For those applying on the basis of International Baccalaureate (IB) (taken in NZ): You will meet the Requirement if you have gained the University Entrance Literacy Standard and are in receipt of 26 points.

Previous study completed elsewhere

  • For those applying on the basis of results at another tertiary institution, you will meet the Requirement if you have:
    • satisfied the AELR through NCEA, CIE (taken in NZ) or IB (taken in NZ) qualifications as outlined above, or
    • completed and passed 60 points or more of study at a tertiary institution and have achieved an acceptable result in DELNA testing.

Graduates

  • For those who have previously completed a qualification, you will meet the Requirement if you have:
    • completed a bachelor’s degree, or a higher qualification from the University of Auckland, or another recognised tertiary education provider in New Zealand, or 
    • completed a qualification from an overseas tertiary institution that is recognised by the University as the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree, or higher, in New Zealand

Completed an approved University of Auckland foundation programme

  • For those applying on the basis of completed foundation study at the University of Auckland, you will meet the Requirement if you have 

Special Admission

For those applying under Special Admission regulations: You will meet the Requirement if you have achieved an acceptable result in DELNA testing.

Meeting the Requirement in your first 12 months of study

If you do not meet the Requirement through your entrance qualification as outlined above, but otherwise qualify for admission, you can satisfy the AELR during your first 12 months of study by passing an approved academic English language course.

The approved courses for each programme are listed below.

For further information, please contact aelr@auckland.ac.nz or call 0800 61 62 63.

 

*Does not apply to applicants who meet the University Entrance Literacy Standard in Te Reo.

#English for Academic Purposes standards US 22750 and US 22751 will contribute to meeting the AELR.

How will the AELR help students?

Maree McEntee
Maree McEntee

Marie McEntee, who coordinates one of the approved AELR courses (SCIGEN 101/101G Communicating for a Knowledge Society), explains the benefits students will gain from completing an approved Academic English Language course to meet the Academic English Language Requirement.

When you come to University you need to know how to successfully access literature (that is the academic material relevant to your specialty), to understand it and interpret it and to be able to use this material effectively in your own work. While some students experience difficulties doing this because of English language concerns, this is not always the case. Other students simply do not always enjoy writing, presenting seminars or reading literature.

The Academic English Language Requirement (AELR) courses at the University of Auckland are specifically designed to give you the necessary skills to become familiar with the language of University, so you can communicate effectively in all your courses. Being able to communicate competently at University will assist you with your study and enable you to be a more successful learner.

Why are good communication skills important for students?

To be able to effectively communicate your work in an understandable way requires you to present your work in a logical, coherent and well-structured manner. It must draw on appropriate academic sources and be well referenced. To do this effectively assists you with understanding and engaging with your specialist knowledge. It also enables you to communicate your knowledge to others, including your lecturers and tutors who have to mark your work. Course assignments and exams require good communication, so being able to communicate effectively can have a direct impact on your grades. However, most importantly effective communication enhances your enjoyment and engagement in learning at University.

What are the benefits for students to be effective communicators?

Learning to communicate effectively at University not only helps you with your study and coursework, but it will also provide you with essential employment skills. While at University you will learn to master a body of specialist knowledge in your chosen field – whatever that may be. However, employers also want you to develop a range of transferable skills of which communication is one of the most important.

Communication enables you to connect with people and to share your specialist knowledge and gain understanding and knowledge from others. When you graduate you will engage with people inside and outside your specialist field. You will need to work and collaborate with others – and for this you need to be an effective communicator. Employers rank communication as one of the most important skills they look for in graduates.

Marie McEntee

Marie McEntee is a 22-year teaching veteran who teaches science communication in the School of Environment, Faculty of Science, as well as running a number of public outreach programmes. Marie recently received the 2015 Sustained Excellence Award at the AKO National Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards, and feedback on her teaching includes many unsolicited comments that highlight the engaging, demanding and often transformative nature of her courses.

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