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

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

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

Indicative Bibliography

  • = set texts recommended for purchase
  • Dodd, Debbie. Dictionary of Theological Terms in Simplified English. Wheaton, IL: EMIS, 2003*
  • Drane, John. Introducing the Old Testament. Oxford: Lion, 2000
  • Drane, John. Introducing the New Testament. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2010
  • Gill, Athol. Life on the Road. Homebush: ANZEA, 1989
  • Kelly, Gabrielle. English for Theology: Developing Proficiency in Academic English for Theological Studies. Adelaide: ATF Press, 2004
  • Kirk, J. Andrew. What is Mission? Theological Explorations. London: Darton, Longman and Todd, 1999
  • Murphy, Raymond. English Grammar in Use (Fourth Edition). Cambridge: CUP, 2015*
  • Wakefield, Gordon, S. The Westminster Dictionary of Christian Spirituality. Philadelphia: The Westminster Press, 1983
  • Witherington, Ben. The Many Faces of the Christ: The Christologies of the New Testament and Beyond. New York: The Crossroad Publishing Company, 1998


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Oral Examination

Two aural comprehension tests

0 20.0
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

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