An introduction to the use of English as the medium for studying theology, with special emphasis on critical reading and analysis and the preparation of formal written papers.

Unit code: AL1003W

Unit status: Approved (Minor revision)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 1

Unit discipline: Languages

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Whitley College

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Learning outcomes


Understand and use the specialised terminology of biblical and theological study (in both academic and colloquial style, and recognizing figurative language and allusions to the Bible);


Apply the techniques and styles of written composition for academic purposes;


Make use of appropriate reference materials and construct bibliographies in accordance with academic practice;


Undertake critical reading of scholarly argumentation;


Incorporate critical methods into their essay-writing at first year level, correctly documenting arguments from the Bible and primary historical sources, and using correct conventions in quotation and cross-referencing;


Make oral presentations in appropriate language and style


Pronounce key terminology correctly


Explain the administrative language used in academic regulations and forms.

Unit sequence

Non-English Speaking Background students who have not undertaken tertiary studies in English. A written and oral test will be given in the first week of class to assess the student’s present capabilities in English.


Discussion, listening exercises, writing exercises, glossary development

Indicative Bibliography

  • = set texts recommended for purchase
  • Bass, Dorothy C. (ed) Practicing our Faith: A Way of Life for a Searching People. San Francisco: Josey-Bass Publishers, 1998
  • Brueggemann, W. *Reverberations of Faith * Westminster: John Knox Press, 2002
  • Dicker, Gordon S. Faith with understanding. Melbourne: JBCE, 1989
  • Dodd, Debbie. Dictionary of Theological Terms in Simplified English. Wheaton, IL: EMIS, 2003*
  • Dodson, Patrick. ‘The land our mother, the church our mother’. In Discovering an Australian theology, ed. Peter Malone. Homebush, NSW:St Paul,1988, 83-88
  • Fee, Gordon. New Testament Exgesis (3rd ed.). Westminster: John Knox Press, 2002
  • Kelly, Gabrielle. English for theology: Developing proficiency in academic English for theological studies. Adelaide: ATF Press, 2004
  • Law, Eric H.F. The Word at the Crossings: Living the Good News in a Multicontextual Community. St Louis, MO: Chalice, 2004
  • Murphy, Raymond. English Grammar in Use (Fourth Edition). Cambridge: CUP, 2015*
  • Rogerson, John (ed.). Beginning Old Testament study. Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1982
  • Switzer, David K. Pastoral Care Emergencies: Ministering to People in Crisis. New York: Integration Books, 1989
  • Via, Dan Otto (ed.). Guides to biblical scholarship. (A series of books on critical methods). Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 2002
  • Wright, Frank. Pastoral care for lay people. London: SCM, 1982


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Oral Examination

One 10 minute oral examination

0 40.0

Two 1,000 word essays

0 40.0

Vocabulary Test (100 words)

0 20.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Prof Albert Haddad on 20 Oct, 2022

Unit record last updated: 2022-10-20 11:23:57 +1100