Supporting your students

How to support your students

Students need to be active participants and drivers in the process of communication skills development, but this message needs to be clearly communicated to them by their academic staff.

  • The University, in the provision of staff and student support through the Monash Education Academy.
  • English Connect, Student Academic Success and Library communication skills support services.
  • The Faculties, in adopting examples of best practice, embedding, and provision of credit bearing units.
  • The students themselves, in accessing and using the resources available.

What resources and services are available to students

There are three main resources at Monash to support students in their development of academic and professional language use: English Connect, Student Academic Success and the Monash Library web-based resources.

You can alert students to these resources in several ways - include a link to a specific site in your PowerPoints or in your feedback to students. For example, if a student’s citations have been incorrect/inconsistent, place a link to the Monash Library’s guide on citation in your feedback to the student. If a student’s expression has been unclear, place a link to an English Connect module on sentences in your feedback.

English Connect

English Connect offers a suite of resources to assist students in their academic, professional and social language development. These include: Let’s Chat; Global Professional Communication (GPC); online Moodle language skills modules.

English Connect: Let’s Chat

The Let’s Chat program provides engaging and interactive ways for international students to build their conversational English skills.

  • Classes run from week 2 to week 11 at all Monash Victorian campuses
  • Let’s Chat HDR is also available for PhD and Master by research students
  • English Connect provides a Moodle site full of materials in addition to the face-to-face classes

English Connect: Global Professional Communication (GPC)

These programmes help students to develop their speaking skills for academic and cross-cultural contexts. Global Professional Communication (GPC) focuses on communication skills students need to succeed at University and in the professional workplace. This includes performing in interviews, talking to classmates, colleagues and employers as well as how to network effectively and speak more confidently in public. Additional topics include writing emails, doing phone calls and intercultural friendships.

English Connect: Moodle Language Resources

English Connect offers a variety of short, comprehensive self-paced Moodle modules covering different aspects of academic English, including writing, speaking and listening. Each module explains a specific communication skill, provides examples and offers an opportunity to apply the skill and get feedback. Students can pick-and-choose modules relevant to their communication needs.

Student Academic Success (SAS) - Learning and language support

Learning and Language Advisers can help students with their communication skills. As members of the Student Academic Success team, Learning and Language Advisers offer individual support to help students meet academic expectations and to enable their academic success. The support ranges from academic study skills and writing, through to study skills and management. Additionally, students can submit a short draft section for feedback. You can recommend students to book an online consultation.

Monash Library Online Study Resources

The Monash Library provides informative, interactive resources for research and writing at all levels of study. Some topics include study skills, citation styles, academic integrity, literature searches and reviews. These resources are concise and accessible.

Draw inspiration

Dr Anna Filipi - Teaching strategies and techniques

Dr Anna Filipi (Faculty of Education) shares her teaching strategies for developing students’ communication skills. She uses the flipped classroom model; however, her ideas can be easily adapted to the traditional lecture and tutorial model.