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ACS0002 Advanced Communication Skills Two

Full Year 3, 2022 Toowoomba On-campus
Units : 2
Faculty or Section : USQ College
School or Department : USQ College
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules


Examiner: Angela Windsor


Today’s 21st century work and learning environments demand an accurate, fluent, and flexible range of contextually appropriate communication skills. This course develops students’ capacity to communicate at an effective level with more fluency and spontaneity in English, to meet the more complex communication demands of tertiary studies in a range of academic contexts including face to face and digital environments at an independent level (CEFR B2, IELTS 7.0, Pearson 65, or TOEFL iBT 94). It also aims to prepare and help enable students to meet future registration requirements of a range of professional disciplines, and to enable students to engage in the academic requirements of a range of UniSQ degree programs. It will also enable articulation to ACS 3.

In this course, activities in English have been organised from an integrated communicative language teaching approach for the development of more independent academic reading, writing, listening, and speaking processes, purposes, attitudes, and strategies. Students should develop command of the English language to support a more confident expression of `voice' and to manage the comprehension, construction and delivery of a wide range of texts on concrete and abstract academic topics for technical purposes and academic audiences in his/her field of specialisation. Communicative English language activities are designed to develop students' capacity to integrate academic reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills more confidently and communicate meaning in spoken and written interactions with detailed and reasoned clarity. Special focus is given to developing the precision and efficiency of a students' English language skills to an upper intermediate level through emphasis on enabling skills such as grammar, oral fluency, pronunciation, spelling, vocabulary, coherence and cohesion, and test taking strategies.

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. Communicate in English with some fluency, accuracy, and spontaneity using clear, detailed, and reasoned spoken and written texts on concrete and abstract integrated academic content in higher level interactions, at an independent level.
  2. Comprehend and follow aural and written English in complex integrated academic texts on concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of study, at an independent level.
  3. Apply the English language effectively at an independent level on concrete and abstract academic topics across a wide range of academic spoken and written genres.
  4. Produce complex integrated academic texts in English on concrete and abstract topics for a wide range of academic purposes, showing critically selective use of organisational patterns, connectors, and cohesive devices with higher level accuracy, at an independent level.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Academic reading development for independence 20.00
2. Academic speaking development for independence 20.00
3. Academic listening development for independence 20.00
4. Academic writing development for independence 20.00
5. Test strategies for internationally recognised English language standardised tests 10.00
6. Academic vocabulary and grammar development for independence 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

Hill, D 2014, PTE academic expert: B2 coursebook with MyEnglishLab, Pearson Education, UK.
(ISBN: 9781447962038.)

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Written Quiz No 100 1,2,3,4
Date printed 10 February 2023