Embedding Language Development in the Disciplines and Credit-Bearing Units

Communication Skills Framework – University of Western Australia

The University of Western Australia has developed a whole of institution Communication Skills Framework 'for the coherent, incremental, explicit and cyclic development of students’ communication skills'. Information is available from the University’s Centre for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning. The Framework, which can be used to demonstrate how communication skills are developed across a course or major, comprises four elements: writing, oral presentations, critical information literacy and interpersonal skills. It has been included as an example of good practice because:

  • It was identified as such by participants in the project.
  • It has been permanently embedded into the University’s educational practices, and features in standard professional development activities for staff.
  • It has been reported in the scholarly literature. References include:
    Barrett-Lennard, S., Chalmers, D. & Longnecker, N. (2011). Embedding communication skills across the curriculum: Helping students into their degrees and out into the workplace. First Year in Higher Education Conference, Fremantle, Western Australia.

The Communication Skills Framework addresses English Language Standard 4.

SCRIPT (Skills for Communicating and Relating in Pharmacy Training) – University of Queensland

SCRIPT is the result of a three-way collaboration between staff in the School of Pharmacy, the Institute of Continuing and TESOL Education and the Teaching and Educational Development Institute. The program is offered to first year students from culturally diverse backgrounds, and develops students’ oral language use in contexts relevant to pharmacy. Script has been included as an example of good practice because:

  • It was identified as an example of good practice by project participants.
  • It received an Australian Award for University Teaching in 2012.
  • It has been reported on in the scholarly literature. References include:
    McKauge, L. M., et al. (2009). An initiative to improve the professional communication skills of first-year pharmacy students. In Proceedings of the 32nd HERDSA Annual Conference. The Student Experience. Darwin, Australia, pp. 284-295.

SCRIPT addresses English Language Standards 3 and 4.

Common Unit Program – Charles Darwin University

Charles Darwin University offers the Common Unit Program. Unless exempted, all students commencing a bachelor's degree, advanced diploma or associate degree have to complete two out of three common units, which include the building of academic literacy. The Common Unit Program has been developed to explicitly incorporate the University’s Graduate Attributes and cater for a highly diverse student population. The program has been included as an example of good practice because:

  • It has been extensively evaluated and externally audited, with audit reports made publicly available on the University website.
  • In 2011 it received an Australian Award for University Teaching for Programs that Enhance Learning.
  • Common Unit coordinators received a Carrick Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning in 2007.

The Common Unit Program addresses English Language Standards 3 and 4.