AELR Approved Courses - Course Outlines


Find out more about the approved AELR courses and which course(s) might be suitable for you.

ACADENG 100 Forms in Academic English

Description
This course helps students to read, understand, and write academic texts more accurately. We analyse the way that university texts are organised and how the language is used, especially academic words, grammar, sentence patterns and paragraph structure. Students develop ways to edit their writing for clear and accurate meaning in a range of academic text-types including cause and effect, comparison and contrast, and problem-solution.

Who this course might particularly suit
The course is for students who have English as an additional language. It is not meant for students whose first language is English.
Students who want to improve their accuracy in reading, grammar and writing skills will find this course beneficial. It is recommended for students who score band 5 for writing in the Diagnostic English Language Needs Assessment (DELNA). Non-recommended students can choose this course but all students complete a language task in their first lesson and if their language proficiency is judged to be too high then they are not permitted to take this course and must swap to a more appropriate course.

 

ACADENG 101 Academic English Writing

Description
This course guides the student through the process of writing academic expository and argument essays. It begins with planning using brainstorming including freewriting, mind mapping, listing and outlining. It then moves on to the structure of an essay developing an introduction with a strong thesis statement, paragraphs including topic sentences with logically developed supporting sentences and conclusions. Linking expressions and cohesive devices develop fluency. Learning how to use the library to find appropriate academic sources and then integrating and referencing them accurately in essays through summarising and quoting helps students avoid plagiarism. The features of argument academic essays are practised: argument, counterargument and refutation.

Who this course might particularly suit
The course is designed primarily for speakers for whom English is an additional language. It is not meant for students whose first language is English.
Students who want to improve their academic writing skills, particularly essay writing, will find this course beneficial. It is also recommended for students who have not met the Academic English Language Requirement.
One advantage of this course is that each stream is limited to 30 and meets twice a week for 2X 2hour sessions. This gives plenty of opportunity for students to practice writing as sessions include both information giving and writing tasks.

 

ACADENG 104 Academic English for Business

Description
This course focuses on academic English skills to help Business students understand and express business-related concepts. Students develop effective strategies for reading, writing, and vocabulary-building by studying the language features of texts for academic style and communicative effects. Students will apply the skills and knowledge they develop from reading and language analysis activities, and will follow the process of writing, revising and editing to produce accurate texts that have clear communicative purpose and meaning.

Who this course might particularly suit
This course is intended for undergraduate students who are doing a Business degree and who have not met the Academic English Language Requirement or who score band 6 or below for writing in the Diagnostic English Language Needs Assessment (DELNA). It will help to increase students’ confidence in their academic English reading and writing when completing tasks relevant to their university Business studies.

 

ENGLISH 121/121G Reading / Writing / Text

Description
This course is designed to develop university-wide skills of reading, writing and analysis. It addresses the needs of students in English and other disciplines where both writing and reading have an important role in learning. The course fosters personal writing skills and also introduces writing as a subject of study in itself.

Who this course might particularly suit
This course concerns university-level reading and writing skills, and is taken by students from all faculties and programmes across the university. Through a range of reading and composition exercises, the course addresses writing at the levels of sentence, paragraph and larger essay. It is suited to students who have a grasp of the basics of grammar and syntax but who wish to develop their ability to organise, craft and express responses to coursework and exam tasks. The course also considers and develops literacy skills that are transferrable to workplace contexts beyond the university.
This course is not suited to students who are not yet able to construct coherent sentences that would constitute an acceptable baseline standard of writing at stage 1, and therefore a pass, in Arts. It is an intensive writing course which assumes basic literacy, and which works to improve this in the context of university-level assignments.

 

ENGWRIT 101 English Writing for Academic Purposes

Description
This course is useful if you want to improve your existing writing skills. The course aims to help you write clear, well-developed, properly referenced essays, which directly address the topic in an appropriate way. It focuses on sound principles of essay writing, provides practice in the various stages of writing and develops understanding of the different rhetorical styles required at university. Academic texts considered in this course include arguments, comparison and contrast, classifications, summaries, critiques, literature reviews and reports.
ENGWRIT101 can be taken as a first year course in a Writing Studies major or minor.

Who this course might particularly suit
The course is designed primarily for first language users of English who want to develop their academic writing skills. They may not have taken writing-intensive subjects at high school, or simply lack confidence in their ability to produce university-level writing. Students with English as a second language who moved to New Zealand when they were young or students with another language background but schooled in English also find the course useful, as do mature students who take the course as a way to refresh their knowledge in the area.
This course is more suited for students with above 6 overall in the Diagnostic English Language Needs Assessment (DELNA).

 

SCIGEN 101/101G Communicating for a Knowledge Society

Description
This general education/science course is designed for any student from any discipline with an interest in learning practical ways to effectively communicate knowledge. It differs from traditional communication courses by concentrating on how to communicate specialist knowledge – (the knowledge you learn here at University in your chosen field of study). On the course you will choose a topic of interest to you and using this topic learn how to effectively access literature and data, interpret this, extract meaning and present this in an understandable way through written, oral and visual communication. You will also critically examine real world cases to explore how knowledge experts communicate with society over a variety of potentially controversial issues, and you will gain first-hand experience of negotiating and building consensus through group dialogue. This course provides you with essential communication skills in a supportive environment so you can communicate confidently during your time at University and beyond.

Who this course might particularly suit
This course is designed for any student with an interest in learning practical ways to effectively communicate knowledge. While the course appeals particularly to science and engineering students, it is relevant and currently attracts students from all disciplines and at all levels, as the internal assessment is based around a topic relevant to each student’s interest and study. Students are accepted with varied levels of English competency, from highly competent wanting to fine tune their communication skills to those with difficulties in English language. Students who have significant English language difficulties are recommended to complement SCIGEN 101 with other English support at the University (e.g. ELE and Student Learning Services).