ENSLA202-22B (NET)

English as an Additional Language: Effective Academic Speaking

15 Points

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Paper Description

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This paper is designed to provide students enrolled in any Division of Studies with the ability to discuss and question academic texts with a view to participating in seminar and tutorial presentations. Students practise intensive reading and inquiry of academic texts with a view to understanding academic written work, learning to voice opinions, question views and engage those around them in discussions designed to raise awareness in academic settings. Students also undertake the design and development of supporting materials for tutorials and seminars to aid themselves and others in the learning experience.
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Paper Structure

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This paper is fully online and twice a week (Tuesdays and Thursdays), students will be expected to participate with the lecture materials, online exercises and discussion areas as these will be the methods used to deliver content and allow for student practice and participation.

Lecture materials will be delivered via Moodle on Tuesdays, and students will be expected to watch the videoed lecture recordings, read the accompanying materials and work through any set tasks designed to build knowledge and practice theoretical elements. The time this is expected to take is three (3) hours. There will also be online exercises and discussion tasks which students will be expected to complete and contribute to for further practice (Thursdays). These will be via Moodle. The time this is expected to take is two hours on Thursdays.

The paper is supported on-line via its Moodle page, and Panopto recordings of lectures will be one of the methods used to deliver lecture content. Zoom (or its equivalent) will also be used for tutorial discussions.

Zoom tutorial times will be arranged for all students once the paper commences. All students will be expected to participate in one x one hour zoom tutorial per week, from week 2 of the paper. These tutorials will run on Tuesday and Wednesdays. Arrangements for the timing of these tutorials will be conveyed and organised through the Moodle page.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • Competently:
    • read texts of a general academic nature,
    • recognise main points, extract relevant information and make useful notes from academic texts,
    • recognise a writer’s attitude and interpret a writer’s intention,
    • paraphrase and summarise information from academic texts,
    • work in co­operative groups for the production of oral presentations,
    • orally present materials suitable for academic situations such as tutorials and seminars,
    • be proficient in processing information effectively, including recognition of contextual indicators that contribute to messages conveyed,
    • be proficient with questioning techniques and engage in discussions to share ideas, thoughts and opinions.
    Linked to the following assessments:
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Assessments include individual pieces of written work and group and individual oral presentations completed throughout the course. Full and complete details of all assessments will be available via Moodle throughout the semester.

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. What are my speaking worries?
21 Jul 2022
11:00 PM
  • Online: Moodle Forum Discussion
  • Online: Upload to Moodle Forum
2. Communication Etiquette
  • In Class: In Tutorial
3. Personal Reflections x 5
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Reading Research Record Assignments x 3
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
5. Group Presentation 1
22 Aug 2022
No set time
  • In Class: In Tutorial
6. Group Presentation 2
19 Sep 2022
No set time
  • In Class: In Tutorial
7. Group Presentation 3
10 Oct 2022
No set time
  • In Class: In Tutorial
8. Individual Discussion Session
24 Oct 2022
No set time
  • In Class: In Tutorial
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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Lecture material which is required reading matter will be delivered via Moodle weekly as part of the lecture materials.
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Recommended Readings

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Note: Students are expected to have and use an English dictionary/thesaurus.

Other Text Resources:

Any other text resources needed for the paper will be available from the paper Reading List, which is accessible via Moodle or will be supplied within the lecture materials on Moodle.

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Other Resources

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Panopto Recordings:

Each lecture will be supported by a Panopto recording, the University preferred recording software. The recordings can be downloaded and watched in MP4 format.

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Online Support

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All enrolled students are automatically assignment an email username and password that can be arranged on enrollment and subsequently via http://tools.its.waikato.ac.nz/newuser.html. This registration process will make available a free gmail service provided by the University.

All enrolled students in the paper are given membership in Moodle which is available at http://elearn.waikato.ac.nz.

There is also a page for students learning from China, which is recommended for students to read: https://www.waikato.ac.nz/teaching-and-learning/student-learning/study-skills/learning-in-china

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The lectures for this paper will be delivered online for all students and accessing Moodle and working through lecture materials, exercises, readings and interactive discussions is necessary for completing the paper. Moodle logs for the paper will be frequently checked to ensure that all students are engaging with materials and activities provided. The tutorials for the paper will be delivered online for students off-shore via Zoom.


The workload for the paper will be easier to manage if students access Moodle and review lecture material, complete set activities and readings and allow plenty of lead-in time for assessments. Students should also make sure that advantage is taken of online tutorial help during the semester. As well as the four indicated online hours of lectures per week and the one tutorial hour, students are expected to spend upwards of 4 hours per week of their own time, preparing for and completing online activities, discussions and assignments, and reviewing materials.

This is a paper that promotes listening, reading and oral skills. To achieve the most from this paper, students are expected to work cooperatively and collaboratively. To work in a cooperative and collaborative manner means that students must be prepared, and are expected to exchange ideas and information with each other. Emphasis will be put, and time set aside within the paper lectures and tutorials for students to work together in small groups for this purpose.

Important note for International Students:

For international students in New Zealand with student visas, regular attendance is part of the visa obligation and is checked as a requirement of the University under the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students, to which the University is a signatory. Academic staff are formally required to monitor attendance in classes and submission of compulsory assessment event/items and to report to Waikato International in the event that any problem with irregular attendance or non-submission is not resolved.

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Restricted papers: ESLA202

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