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CAES9430 Academic English for Early Childhood Education Students

Coordinator: Patrick LEUNG

Course Description:

This course will help students develop their research report writing skills and oral presentation skills for disciplinary studies and academic purposes. Students will identify a topic in the discipline of Early Childhood Education and conduct a small-scale research project to explore the issue. During the process, they will collect data by interviewing professionals in their field, analyze the information they obtain, and present your findings orally and in formal report writing. Assessment: 100% coursework.

Learning Outcomes:

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

  • communicate an argument to an academic audience in report writing with appropriate organizational and rhetorical skills
  • identify, evaluate and synthesize appropriate academic sources in an academic report
  • Articulate coherent ideas with appropriate linguistic devices in an academic oral setting


  • 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 report 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 curricula.

Assessment Methods:

(with breakdown of percentage weighting of the various methods)

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