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CAES9421 Academic English for Speech & Hearing Sciences Students

Coordinator: Patrick LEUNG

Course Description:

This 6-credit English in the Discipline (ED) course aims to help Speech & Hearing Sciences students to develop their critical reading strategies, report writing and oral presentation skills for disciplinary studies and academic purposes. Students will conduct a small-scale research project on a Speech & Hearing Sciences-related topic of their choice and communicate an argument to an academic audience with appropriate organizational and linguistic features. During the process, students need to collect data by means of interviews, analyze the information they obtain, and present their findings orally and in formal report writing. The course will allow students to practice relevant English language skills for their Final Year Project/Capstone Experience courses.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate critical reading skills when evaluating academic texts in their discipline
  • Write academic reports with appropriate organizational and linguistic features
  • Articulate coherent ideas with appropriate linguistic devices in academic oral settings


  • To build upon the writing skills which students already possess and help them to use the skills more effectively for written academic communication.
  • To introduce students to the demands of academic essay writing and the skills involved in editing and revising their own and others’ work.
  • To encourage the development of independent English learning skills through self-access work.
  • To maintain close links with academic staff in the Faculty of Education, through on-going discussion of the relevant BSc. curricula.

Assessment Methods:

(with breakdown of percentage weighting of the various methods)

  • Project reports (70%)
  • Oral Presentations (30%)