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New Program – English as a Foreign Language

This year the Department of International Studies: Languages and Cultures has launched a new Program, English as a Foreign Language  convened by Dr Lai Ping Florence Ma.


Who is the new program for?

It is designed for students from non-English speaking backgrounds, aiming to further develop and consolidate their English language skills for academic, professional and social settings. It provides ample opportunities for students to practise reading, writing, listening and speaking skills through extensive in-class activities, online practice, and independent learning. Students will develop a deep understanding of the structural properties of English through analysing a variety of spoken and written English texts.

This program also develops students’ inter-cultural awareness and communication skills to enable them to become competent communicators in local, international and cross-cultural contexts. It equips students with useful language skills to complete their academic studies successfully and to broaden their career options.

Modes and units offered

This program is offered through both on-campus and external mode, and it currently consists of 4 units:

  • EFLA100 (English as a Foreign Language in Practice)
  • EFLA110 (English as a Foreign Language Consolidation)
  • EFLA201 (English as a Foreign Language Expansion I)
  • EFLA202 (English as a Foreign Language Expansion II)

For more information, please click on the link –  English as a Foreign Language or contact Dr Florence Ma: florence.lai.ma@mq.edu.au

New Assessment Policy and Schedules on Policy Central

The new Assessment Policy and Schedules are now up on Policy Central (links below).

The new policy has been approved for implementation from Session 2 this year so it is critical that all staff are familiar with the requirements.

  • Assessment Policy (effective Session 2 2016)
  • Schedule 1 Grading Requirements
  • Schedule 2 Unit Assessment Requirements
  • Schedule 3 Higher Degree Research Assessment Requirements (under development)
  • Schedule 4 Final Examination Requirements
  •  Schedule 5 Moderation Requirements

For a concise outline of the main changes to assessment, see Mitch Parsell’s post here.