Who is this class for: This course is for learners who have completed the first four courses in this Specialization. It is a high-level academic skills course designed to increase your level of academic preparedness prior to commencement of your studies in an English-medium university. The course equips you for full participation and engagement with your studies by building awareness and understanding of the core values and expectations of academic culture. The course may also benefit learners who have already commenced their studies and would like to further improve their academic skills to support and increase their chance for success at university.

Created by:  The University of Sydney

  • Katherine Olston

    Taught by:  Katherine Olston, Deputy Director (Digital Learning)

    University of Sydney Centre for English Teaching

  • Luke Alexander

    Taught by:  Luke Alexander, Academic Literacy Instructor and MOOC Learning Instructor

    Centre for English Teaching

  • Lydia Dutcher

    Taught by:  Lydia Dutcher, Education Manager, Graduate Programs

    Centre for English Teaching

  • Jessica Blackburn

    Taught by:  Jessica Blackburn, Academic Literacy Instructor and MOOC Learning Designer

    Centre for English Teaching
Basic Info
Commitment6 weeks of study, 2-4 hours/week
How To PassPass all graded assignments to complete the course.

How It Works

Each course is like an interactive textbook, featuring pre-recorded videos, quizzes and projects.

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The University of Sydney
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