Content

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 (Approved)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Diploma

Unit discipline: Languages

Proposing College: Whitley College

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Learning outcomes

1.

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

2.

Use the specialised terminology of biblical and theological study

3.

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

4.

Undertake critical reading of scholarly argumentation

5.

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

6.

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.

Assessment

Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Essay

One 1200 word essay

0 55.0
Essay

Contribution to class oral activities (Equivalent 200 words)

0 10.0
Essay

One 800 word paper

0 15.0
Written Examination

One written language test (Equivalent of 800 words)

0 20.0
Approvals

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 1 Nov, 2017

Unit record last updated: 2019-01-25 15:41:16 +1100