English as a Second Language

If your first language is not English, these papers will help you improve the skills you need for university study.

Many University of Waikato international students take English as a Second Language (ESLA) papers in order to pursue careers or educational programmes requiring academic English language skills. ESLA papers are also taken by New Zealand permanent residents who want to establish themselves economically and socially in their new home country.

ESLA papers will provide you with instruction and practice in advanced academic language and communication skills, written, oral and aural. All papers are supported by the University's online learning management system Moodle, which enables the publishing of work and teaching of critical thought and analysis, as applied to studying in a university context.

100 level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ENSLA100English for Professions18A (Zhejiang University City College, Hangzhou China)
The paper is designed to provide practical experience in the application of English language skills and to replicate the skills the students will need as they transition to the workplace within their chosen profession.
ENSLA102Presentations in an Academic ContextThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.

200 level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ENSLA200Text Types in Academic Prose18B (Hamilton)
This paper aims to provide students who have English as an Additional Language (EAL) with the necessary advanced academic written competencies to approach texts such as recounts, explanations, arguments and reports.
ENSLA201Academic Aural Strategies18B (Hamilton)
In this paper, students will explore practical perspectives on listening skills needed for lectures and tutorials at the university level. Essential note taking skills will also be covered to aid students in their ability to get the best out of university lectures and tutorials.
ENSLA202Academic Oral Strategies18A (Hamilton)
This paper provides students with skills needed to understand and question academic texts. It covers skills in reading and text inquiry and techniques in voicing opinions and questioning views.

300 level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ESLA300Academic Research Writing: An Introduction18A (Hamilton)
This paper provides an introduction to academic research methodologies and writing for students for whom English is an additional language.
ESLA301Academic Text: Understanding Meaning18B (Hamilton)
This paper concentrates on advanced academic and listening skills for students for whom English is an additional language. The main focus is the critical evaluation of texts that report academic research.
ESLA302English as an International Language18A (Hamilton)
This paper examines the role and functions of English within the globalisation of communication. It particularly focuses on intercultural encounters within business, education and the media.
FASS396Work Placement18C (Block) & 18D (Block)
This paper enables students to undertake work placement in an area related to their major as part of their degree. Students work in a chosen field for a period of time in order to gain valuable work experience and learn from experts in their chosen field.

English as a Second Language is available as a supporting subject for the BA or BSocSc. English as a Second Language may also be taken as a supporting subject within other undergraduate degrees, subject to academic approval of the Faculty or School of Studies in which the student is enrolled.  English as a Second Language papers can be taken individually towards other degrees only by students for whom English is an additional language (EAL). In each of the following paper descriptions, the acronym EAL describes such students.

To complete a supporting subject in English as a Second Language, students must gain 70 points, including at least 40 points above 100 level.


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