English for Academic Communication (EAC)

Academic English classes for UQ Students

English for Academic Communication (EAC) courses support international students and students with English as an additional language to participate fully and succeed in their UQ course.

EAC courses:

  • Are free
  • Are interactive workshops with opportunities to practice language and receive feedback
  • Help you communicate clearly and effectively in academic contexts
  • Help you take part in academic life at UQ
  • Help you achieve your learning goals
  • Can be one of your five supplementary activities for a UQ Employability Award.

Course details and online registration are posted here around 2 weeks prior to the start of the semester.

There are two kinds of EAC courses:

EAC General

  • For students studying in any UQ degree program
  • A series of 3 workshops
  • A range of topics targeting Academic writing and speaking skills.

Communication challenges at university

This workshop is for students who want to build confidence in communication challenges such as emailing lecturers, giving peer feedback, or contributing to graded online discussions.

Grammar refresher for academic writing

These workshops are for students in any discipline who want to refresh their basic grammar to help them write clearly and accurately. Workshops may include topics such as clause and sentence structure, modality, or cohesion.

Introduction to annotated bibliographies and literature reviews

These workshops are for students who need an introduction to the structure and language of annotated bibliographies and literature reviews. Workshops may include evaluating sources, paraphrasing, and synthesising research.

Introduction to critical thinking and writing

These workshops are for students who need an introduction to the structure and language of reviews, critiques, evaluations, or critical essays

Introduction to effective oral presentations

These workshops are for students who want to learn strategies to deliver strong and effective oral presentations. Workshops may cover organisation, pronunciation, strong language choices, and use of voice.

Introduction to reflective writing

These workshops are for students who need an introduction to reflection tasks, reflective thinking, and the language of reflective writing.

Introduction to report writing for Business and Social Science

These workshops are for students who need an introduction to the structure and language of reports and how they differ from essays. The focus is on common report structures in Business and the Social Sciences.

Introduction to report writing for STEM

These workshops are for students who need an introduction to the structure and language of reports. The focus is on common report structures in STEM, such as lab reports. 

Introduction to research essays

These workshops are for students in any discipline who need an introduction to structuring research essays, paraphrasing and synthesising research and avoiding plagiarism.

Introduction to writing case studies

These workshops are for students from a range of disciplines who need an introduction to the structure and language of case studies.

The ABCs of language for writing

These workshops are for students who are confident about their basic grammar and want to polish their language and write with Accuracy, Brevity, Clarity, and Style.

 


EAC Discipline Specific

  • For students studying in specific UQ degree programs/courses
  • Workshops tailored to the academic English needs of those students

EAC Applied Linguistics

EAC Applied Linguistics is for students who have English as an additional language undertaking SLAT7706 as part of a postgraduate Applied Linguistics course.

EAC will help students achieve success in their studies with a focus on:

  • critical reviews
  • reflective writing
  • paraphrasing, summarising, and synthesising for essays
  • oral presentation skills.

EAC Business (MGTS7608)

EAC Business is for students enrolled MGTS7608 Business and Society.

The course provides an opportunity for students enrolled in MGTS7698 to practice reading, oral communication, and critical thinking skills, and to participate actively in tutorials.

Students will hone their ability to deliver oral presentations and write clear summaries. It is an opportunity for students to maximise their success in their studies at UQ and beyond.

EAC Engineering UG (ENGG1100)

EAC Engineering UG is for students enrolled in ENGG1100. This course is an opportunity for students to hone the academic language and communication skills they need to maximise their success as young Engineers. The program may include:

  • making accurate and clear language choices in texts
  • report writing skills
  • giving peer feedback
  • public speaking
  • reflective writing in portfolios.

EAC Engineering PG (ENGG7902)

EAC Engineering PG is for students studying postgraduate Engineering and enrolled in ENGG7902. This course is an opportunity for students to hone the communication skills needed for success as leaders in Engineering. Sample workshops include: 

  • writing corporate charters 
  • delivering effective pitches 
  • succinct language for Canvas 
  • writing essays and business plans.

EAC Masters of Pharmaceutical Industry Practice

EAC Masters of Pharmaceutical Industry Practice (MPIP) is for students enrolled in PHIP7121 and PHIP7122.

The course develops students’ ability to deliver persuasive business presentations and write clear and coherent reports for the Pharmaceutical Industry.  Workshops may focus on the structure of the text and strong language choices for clarity and impact.

EAC Postgraduate Law

EAC Postgraduate Law aims to enhance the academic communication skills of students who have English as an additional language.

This course is for postgraduate Law students and focuses on improving academic communication skills. Sample workshop topics include:

  • research proposals and essay writing
  • sentence and paragraph structure
  • paraphrasing and summarising
  • avoiding plagiarism
  • analysis of past assignments.

EAC HDR: STEM & HASS

EAC Higher Degrees Research: STEM & HASS aim to develop the students’ ability to write accurately, concisely, and clearly with a focus on theses and research papers.

Students meet weekly in multi-disciplinary groups. The program uses collaborative genre analysis and peer review activities to deepen student’s knowledge of the discourse practices of their disciplinary communities.  On the program, students will:

  • analyse the prose and schematic structure of research papers
  • study grammar to improve accuracy, brevity, clarity, and style
  • hone editing and proofreading skills through collaborative tasks and peer review.

EAC SCRIPT (Pharmacy)

 

EAC SCRIPT (Pharmacy) is for students enrolled in a Bachelor of Pharmacy.

The course develops EAL students’ oral communication skills. Through role-play, students develop their ability to communicate effectively and fluently with patients in a Pharmacy setting. It is also an opportunity for students to reflect on their practice and receive formative feedback to hone their skills. 

EAC Translation and Interpreting

EAC Translation and Interpreting is for students who have English as an additional language undertaking UQ MACTI or MAJIT studies.  

The course will help students achieve success in their studies through an integrated skills approach to developing students’ knowledge of Australian culture and idiomatic expressions. Class activities enhance fluency and provide an opportunity for students to receive formative feedback.

EAC Architecture UG

EAC Architecture UG is for students enrolled in the Bachelor of Architectural Design. This course is an opportunity for students to hone the academic language skills they need for achieving success through their studies. The program supports students in ARCH1140 and ARCH1100 and may include:

  • vocabulary building for Architecture
  • paraphrasing, summarising, and synthesising research into essays
  • public speaking and poster presentations
  • editing, proofreading, and peer review
EAC Architecture PG

EAC Architecture PG is for students enrolled in the Masters of Architecture course. This course is an opportunity for students to hone the academic language skills they need for achieving success through their studies. The program focuses on ARCH7014 and may include:

  • vocabulary building for Architecture
  • paraphrasing and summarising
  • synthesising research into essays
  • avoiding plagiarism
  • editing, proofreading, and peer review

EAC Dentistry

EAC Dentistry is a speaking and writing course for all students enrolled in DENT1050.

The course focuses on the specific listening and speaking skills required for effective dentist-patient communication. It is an opportunity for students to analyse the language and communication strategies of experienced dentists, reflect on their own practice and receive feedback to hone their skills. Reflective writing sessions will develop students’ ability to articulate their learning.

 

 

Register

Completing an EAC workshop series can contribute towards the UQ Employability Award. Teachers can offer advice on university assignments but will NOT edit your work.

Use the following button link to apply for an English for Academic Communication (EAC) course:

Apply (with existing EAC / ICTE account)

If you have applied for an EAC or ICTE English language course previously:

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