Course Information

CAES9820 Academic English for Science Students

Coordinator: Dr. Ellie LAW


This six credit English-in-the-Discipline course will be offered to second year students studying in the Science Faculty. This course will help students develop the necessary skills to use both written and spoken English within their studies. Students will learn to better communicate and spontaneously discuss general and scientific concepts within their division, with other scientists as well as to a larger audience. Particular emphasis will be placed on enabling students to identify their own language needs and develop appropriate self-learning strategies to improve their proficiency.

Learning Outcomes:

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

  • Identify and summarize disciplinary sources related to a specified topic
  • Produce texts (written and spoken) appropriate for a cross-disciplinary audience based on their disciplinary knowledge
  • Identify their own language learning needs and implement a plan to meet those needs


  • Students are given a selection of six categories to write for in an online popular science journal which are the environment, health, physics and maths, space, science in society, and technology. The best articles submitted are considered for publication. )
  • Students are asked to write three annotated bibliography entries, each with a summary, evaluation, and a statement of how the source will be used in the journal article.)
  • In-class spontaneous speaking practice gives students direction and practice to improve their spoken confidence and accuracy. )
  • Students engage in a Self-Access Language Learning (SALL) project. They are challenged to analyse their own language needs and develop corresponding goals and strategies. )

Assessment Methods:

(with breakdown of percentage weighting of the various methods)

  • Other genres of writing (55%)
  • Tests (25%)
  • Independent learning work (20%)