English for University Purposes

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    English for University Purposes

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    A skills-based course for those seeking to improve their command of the English language for use in an academic context.

    ENGL 126 teaches advanced reading comprehension, academic and professional writing, and presentation skills. This paper caters to university students in all academic disciplines and includes course material relevant to both first and second language English speakers. Assessment involves reading and listening comprehension, writing, group and individual presentations.NOTE: First-year Health Sciences students are required to take ENGL 126 if they do not pass the Health Sciences English Diagnostic Test. This paper is marked as PASS/FAIL. (It cannot raise or lower Grade Point Average).

    Course Structure
    The paper consists of one lecture per week and nine 2-hour tutorials during the semester

    Learning Outcomes
    Students who pass ENGL 126 will be able to:
    - Recognise the structure of a typical university lecture or seminar and take effective notes
    - Apply a sound knowledge of grammatical and syntactical structures in English to their writing in this and other subjects
    - Identify the topic and key points of an advanced-level periodical or journal article
    - Summarise an article of advanced standard in a coherent paragraph that orders points in a logical way and expresses ideas clearly
    - Apply the conventions of academic written English to their written work
    - Formulate a clear argument and take a critical stance on a given topic and analyse essays and articles that do the same
    - Write a formal letter that demonstrates the conventions of the form as well as elements of persuasive rhetoric in its subject matter
    - Prepare an individual presentation that clearly explains a topic to their tutorial group so that all members of the group understand it
    - Prepare a collaborative group presentation that requires teamwork to solve a given problem
    - Consider the differences between communication in English across gender and culture and identify how these differences may result in miscommunication
    - Use information technologies to facilitate individual study of English and assist them in information retrieval in other subjects
    - Transfer the skills taught in ENGL 126 to work in other subjects

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Some courses may require additional fees.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.