An introduction to the use of English as the medium for studying theology, with special emphasis on critical reading and analysis and the preparation of formal written papers

Unit code: AL0103W

Unit status: Approved (Minor revision)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Diploma

Unit discipline: Languages

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Whitley College

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Learning outcomes


Articulate ideas with clarity and confidence, demonstrating skills in dialogue, pronunciation, grammar and comprehension.


Use the specialised terminology of biblical and theological study


Apply the techniques and styles of written composition for academic purposes, including use of appropriate reference materials


Undertake critical reading of scholarly argumentation


Incorporate critical methods into their essay-writing at diploma level.


Make oral presentations in appropriate language and style

Unit sequence

The unit is for non-English-speaking background (NESB) students who have not undertaken tertiary studies in English

Indicative Bibliography

  • Ackroyd, Ruth and David Major. Shaping the Tools: Study Skills in Theology. London: Darton, Longman & Todd, 1999.
  • Bailey, Stephen. The Essentials of Academic Writing for International Students, London & New York: Routledge, 2015.
  • Baptist World Alliance, Study and Research Division. We Baptists. Franklin, TN: Providence House, 1999.
  • Beasley-Murray, Paul. Radical Believers: The Baptist Way of Being the Church. Didcot: Baptist Union of Great Britain, 2006
  • Dodd, Debbie. Dictionary of Theological terms in Simplified English. Wheaton: EMIS, 2003.
  • Gill, Athol. Life on the Road. Dandenong, Vic.: UNOH Publishing, 2009.
  • Kelly, Gabrielle. English for Aheology. Adelaide: Australian Theological Forum, 2004.
  • Kelly, Gabrielle and Joy Sandefur. Bible Dictionary: Dictionary of Biblical and Theological Terms. Hindmarsh, SA: ATF Press, 2008.
  • Migliore, Daniel L. Faith Seeking Understanding: An Introduction to Christian Theology 2nd edn. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2004.
  • Murphy, Raymond. English Grammar in Use. 3rd edn. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004.
  • Penston, T. A Concise Grammar for English Language Teachers, Dublin: TP Publications, 2005.
  • Via, Dan Otto (ed.). Guides to Biblical Scholarship [A series of books on critical methods]. Philadelphia, PA: Fortress.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

One 1200 word essay

0 55.0

Contribution to class oral activities (Equivalent 200 words)

0 10.0

One 800 word paper

0 15.0
Written Examination

One written language test (Equivalent of 800 words)

0 20.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Prof Albert Haddad on 20 Oct, 2022

Unit record last updated: 2022-10-20 11:20:06 +1100