English for University Studies II

Spring 2019 (3 credits)

Co-ordinator: Melissa Megan
Melissa Megan

Co-ordinator: Irene Ng
Irene Ng

Co-ordinator: Ivy Sek
Ivy Sek

Co-ordinator: Polung Li
Polung Li

Course Description

LANG 1003S is a task-based, integrated-skills, English language course developed for first year students. It is the second of two one-semester courses which students take in order to fulfill the Common Core English requirement. The course is designed to raise your language proficiency and equip you with the underlying competence – e.g. thinking critically, discussing and presenting ideas logically – necessary for you to succeed in English-medium study in tertiary education.

In this course you will develop your ability to use English to communicate appropriately and effectively. The thematic focus of the course provides context for tasks, most of which require small group collaboration and discussion. They are central to the course methodology. The course materials have been designed to present you with in-class challenges to your present language proficiency and communication skills, and the out-of-class project will help you to develop these further.

Both research and experience have indicated that the major academic language needs of students are in the areas of writing, speaking, vocabulary and extensive reading. The specific emphasis of LANG1003 is, therefore, on increasing your ability to:

  • write in a coherent, well-organised way;
  • speak fluently, clearly, and effectively in a variety of contexts;
  • use a range of complex language, where appropriate to the task;
  • extract key information quickly from written texts;
  • take charge of your own language learning, particularly with respect to increasing your vocabulary.

The course is graded and carries three credits.

Important note:
Students are pre-registered into this course based on the grades they received for LANG 1002. 

Intended learning outcomes

Graduate attributes
By the end of this semester, students will be able to …
Competency- building

  • Understand and use a range of vocabulary and expressions that are commonly used in social and general academic contexts.


Critical thinking and reading skills

  • Select appropriate information to support a position taken in an argument essay, a short talk and an academic discussion.
  • Distinguish key points from details in a text.
  • Identify a writer’s point of view and attitude.


Writing skills

  • Plan and structure a piece of writing according to the needs of a specific reader and purpose.
  • Write an essay, consisting of a series of coherent and cohesive paragraphs, in which topic sentences containing controlling ideas are expanded with details, examples and explanations.
  • Put forward and support a position in an argument essay.
  • Support ideas and claims by referring to appropriately acknowledged sources.


Speaking skills

  • Speak about a topic for at least two minutes.
  • Put forward and support a position in an academic discussion.

Pronounce sounds clearly and use rhythm appropriately.

Leadership and teamwork
  • Collaborate with others in discussions to achieve specific outcomes.
International outlook
  • Demonstrate understanding of the impact of local influences on people’s attitudes and values.
Vision and orientation to the future
  • Demonstrate the ability to use appropriate strategies, tools and resources to develop language proficiency and academic literacy.