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ENGL128 Effective Communication

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An introduction to the fundamentals of effective speaking and writing, exploring a variety of contexts in which language is used. Enables students to communicate more effectively in tutorials, labs and written assignments. Complements ENGL127.

This paper prepares students for the crucial written and oral communication skills needed to succeed at university and in the workplace. Students learn essential elements of writing and speaking, including report writing and presentation skills. This paper complements ENGL 127, but the two may be taken separately.

Paper title Effective Communication
Paper code ENGL128
Subject English
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $929.55
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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ENGL 124, SURV 113
Schedule C
Arts and Music

Teaching staff

Convenor: Associate Professor Paul Tankard

Paper Structure
Part One: Critical writing skills
Part Two: Critical speaking skills
Teaching Arrangements
One 1-hour lecture and one 2-hour tutorial class each week, for 13 weeks.
All course material is available on Blackboard.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper will

  • Have an adequate understanding of English grammar
  • Have acquired skills to write clearly and concisely
  • Be able to read texts critically
  • Be able to write formal letters at a professional level
  • Have learned how to write effective reports
  • Have learned features of interpersonal communication
  • Have acquired techniques to speak confidently to an audience

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Monday 15:00-15:50 9-15, 18-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
T2 Tuesday 15:00-16:50 10-11, 13, 15, 17-18, 20-22
T3 Thursday 11:00-12:50 10-11, 13, 15, 17-18, 20-22
T4 Thursday 09:00-10:50 10-11, 13, 15, 17-18, 20-22