Course Information

CAES9430 Academic English for Applied Child Development Students

Coordinator: Dr. Clarence WANG


This 6-credit English-in-the Discipline course aims to help Applied Child Development students to develop their critical reading skills, report writing skills and oral presentation skills for disciplinary studies and academic purposes. Students will identify an issue in the discipline of Early Childhood Education and undertake a small scale research project to investigate the issue and communicate an argument to an academic audience in writing with appropriate organizational and rhetorical skills. During the process, students need to gather data by means of an interview, perform analysis on the information they obtain, and present their findings orally and in formal report writing. This course will also provide opportunities for students to practice English language skills that they will apply in their Final Year Project. Assessment is by 100% coursework.

Learning Outcomes:

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

  • 1. communicate an argument to an academic audience in report writing with appropriate organizational and rhetorical skills
  • 2. identify, evaluate and synthesize appropriate academic sources in an academic report
  • 3. organize and articulate coherent ideas with appropriate language devices in an academic oral setting
  • 4. reflect on the learning process and enhance self-awareness of personal strengths and weaknesses


  • 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 (50%)
  • Oral Presentations (35%)
  • Independent learning work (15%)