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Professional Literacies (ESLA90003)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeESLA90003
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject aims to develop effective written communication skills for use in professional workplace contexts. It is designed for graduate students, who are speakers of English as an additional language. Given the wide range of professional workplaces and modes of writing found within these, this subject aims to help students reflect on the different contexts and interactions that are at stake in professional reading and writing. It will do this by teaching students techniques of text analysis to assist them in identifying the conventions of a variety of genres encountered in the workplace. Students will also develop skills in structuring and writing texts that respond appropriately and flexibly to a range of communicative purposes and audiences. Particular attention will be paid to workplace modes of writing (including promotional and hortatory text types), and to the processes of collaborative professional writing.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should:

  • demonstrate a capability to analyze professional discourse/texts;
  • demonstrate a capability to adapt writing for different audiences & purposes;
  • show a knowledge of a range of work-related genres;
  • demonstrate skills in collaborative writing;
  • show an ability to reflect on language learning strategies and set goals for improving these strategies.

Generic skills

At the completion of this subject, students should:

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

Last updated: 14 August 2019