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Professional Speaking Communication (ESLA90001)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeESLA90001
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject is designed for graduate students who would like to improve their spoken English skills for professional contexts. It is aimed at speakers of English as an additional language.

Students who complete this subject will become familiar with Australian English pronunciation, will develop confidence and self-awareness, and will improve the clarity and fluency of their speech for use in professional communication. The content covers various aspects of pronunciation, such as individual sounds, sound combinations, syllables and word stress, rhythm, sentence stress, connected speech processes and intonation. Students will also improve their listening-discrimination skills, develop an understanding of the basic processes involved in speech production and gain practical knowledge about the communicative nature of sentence stress and intonation, especially as they apply to workplace settings.

Intended learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should have:

  • an understanding the basic processes involved in the articulation of sounds and speech production;
  • gained knowledge about the various aspects of pronunciation and their role in communication;
  • understand and be able to identify segmental and prosodic features of speech;
  • become familiar with the pronunciation aspects of Australian English;
  • improved their speech clarity and fluency; and
  • the ability to use spoken English effectively to improve their scope of employment options and professional advancement.

Generic skills

Students who successfully complete this subject should have:

  • developed enhanced problem solving skills;
  • sharpened their analytical skills;
  • further developed their written and spoken skills; and
  • improved their ability to function in the workplace.

Eligibility and requirements


Please note: this subject is only available to students for whom English is an additional language. It is not suitable for native speakers of English.



Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home



  • Production test, equivalent to 5 minutes oral exam (10%), due in week 4 of the teaching period
  • Peer-based speech assessment, equivalent to 5 minutes oral exam and 400 words (20%), due in week 5 of the teaching period
  • Perception test, equivalent to 750 words (15%), due in week 7 of the teaching period
  • Prepared role play, equivalent to 10 minutes oral exam (25%), due in week 9 of the teaching period
  • Oral presentation (mock job interview), equivalent to 15 minutes oral exam (30%), due in week 12 of the teaching period

Hurdle Requirement: Students are required to attend a minimum of 80% of classes in order to pass this subject and regular class participation is expected.

Dates & times

  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorOlga Maxwell
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hoursTotal 36 hours: 1 x 2-hour seminar and 1 x 1-hr laboratory practical per week
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019
    Census date31 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail27 September 2019
    Assessment period ends22 November 2019

Time commitment details

170 hours

Further information

Last updated: 3 April 2019