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ENGL126 English for University Purposes

A skills-based course for those seeking to improve their command of the English language for use in an academic context.

ENGL 126 teaches advanced reading comprehension, academic and professional writing, and presentation skills. This paper caters to university students in all academic disciplines and includes course material relevant to both first- and second-language English speakers. Assessment involves reading and listening comprehension, formal writing, and group and individual presentations.

Paper title English for University Purposes
Paper code ENGL126
Subject English
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $955.05
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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LING 121
Schedule C
Arts and Music
(i) Health Sciences First Year students must sit a compulsory English diagnostic test in late February. Students who do not pass the test will be required to enrol in ENGL126. (ii) Students who completed the Foundation Studies Certificate in June and intend to enrol in Health Sciences First Year the next year should not select ENGL126 in Semester 2 of the same year as the Foundation Studies Certificate.

Teaching staff

Convenor and Lecturer: Dr Michael Cop

Teaching Arrangements

The paper consists of one lecture per week and nine 2-hour tutorials during the semester.

All readings and course materials available online.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Communication, Cultural understanding, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper will be able to:

  • Recognise the structure of a typical university lecture or seminar and take effective notes
  • Apply a sound knowledge of grammatical and syntactical structures in English to their writing in this and other subjects
  • Identify the topic and key points of an advanced-level periodical or journal article
  • Summarise an article of advanced standard in a coherent paragraph that orders points in a logical way and expresses ideas clearly
  • Apply the conventions of academic written English to their written work
  • Formulate a clear argument and take a critical stance on a given topic and analyse essays and articles that do the same
  • Write a formal letter that demonstrates the conventions of the form as well as elements of persuasive rhetoric in its subject matter
  • Prepare an individual presentation that clearly explains a topic to their tutorial group so that all members of the group understand it
  • Prepare a collaborative group presentation that requires teamwork to solve a given problem
  • Consider the differences between communication in English across gender and culture and identify how these differences may result in miscommunication
  • Use information technologies to facilitate individual study of English and assist them in information retrieval in other subjects
  • Transfer the skills taught in ENGL 126 to work in other subjects

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 10:00-10:50 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Thursday 09:00-10:50 29-31, 33, 36, 38-41
A2 Thursday 15:00-16:50 29-31, 33, 36, 38-41
A3 Friday 09:00-10:50 29-31, 33, 36, 38-41
A4 Friday 14:00-15:50 29-31, 33, 36, 38-41