An introduction to the use of oral English as an essential skill in studying theology, with special emphasis on critical listening and use of verbal and non-verbal skills in oral presentations.

Unit code: AL1004W (Approved)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 1

Unit discipline: Languages

Proposing College: Whitley College

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Learning outcomes


Understand, pronounce and use the specialised terminology of biblical and theological study


Listen critically to lecture and narrative material and engage in critical discussions;


Recognise and name the different oral genres used in lectures, seminars, case-studies, preaching, worship and liturgy


Engage in group and one-to-one discussions


Prepare and read a tutorial paper


Make oral presentations in appropriate language and style

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 capabilities in English.


Discussion, listening exercises, writing exercises, glossary development


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Tutorial Paper/Seminar Paper

One 800 word tutorial paper

0 30.0
Oral Presentation

One 15 minute oral presentation

0 30.0
Oral Presentation

Two prepared speaking tasks (800 words)

0 20.0
Oral Examination

Two aural comprehension tests

0 20.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 1 Nov, 12017

Unit record last updated: 2019-01-29 09:50:03 +1100