Lifelong Learning

Lifelong Learning Office (LLO) is offering a course to our internal graduate students.

The course aims at helping students develop their speaking and writing skills necessary for their academic work, and for appropriate participation in social communication in an English-speaking community. This course will provide students with opportunities to engage in small group and class discussions on academic and general topics to communicate their ideas in both written and oral forms. They will develop new strategies for communicating and listening and comprehending conversations. Students will develop and deliver modified general and academic presentation and discussions on a spectrum of general and academic genres, including:

General and academic speaking skills

Everyday general and specific academic topics will be used to explore the key elements for students to effectively speak publicly through the use of short presentations targeting the use of aim, topic and audience.

General and academic writing skills

Students will develop effective argumentation techniques and organizational strategies in using appropriate language to craft different sections of their written and spoken presentations.

Annotated Bibliography:

Students will be able to construct a list of relevant citations to books, articles, and documents that follows the appropriate style format for the discipline. Each citation will be followed by a brief descriptive, critical and evaluative paragraph.

Academic presentations

Students will learn how audience and purpose influence the content, organization and language style of a presentation.


Aims of the course: Intended Learning Outcomes 

1.Knowledge and Content RelatedStudents can:

a) identify and address the needs and concerns of a variety of audiences in speaking and writing

b) identify the overall structure and function of English articles

c) critically analyse and discuss current issues and recent developments in your major area of study

d) support ideas with appropriate evidence, and properly acknowledge sources

2. Academic Skills and CompetenciesStudents can:

a) make use of appropriate organizational structures, tones and formats in speaking and writing for different audiences and purposes

b) include citations and quotations in research writing, and effectively synthesize different viewpoints to form a coherent argument

c) use accurate, fluent and persuasive language to speak and write based on quantitative data, and to engage the audience from the beginning to the conclusion

3. Ethical StandardsStudents can:

demonstrate academic integrity in course assignments.

4. Vision and Orientation to the FutureStudents can:

recognize the need to communicate courteously and appropriately in professional contexts.


Course Outline for Academic Programme for Postgraduate Students




–  Using general topics for speaking and writing

–  Brainstorming topics


–  Organizing information about a topic

–  Narrowing down a topic and finding a focus

–  Informative presentation (5%)


– Evaluating texts:

– Reliable & Unreliable Sources, Bias & Neutral perspectives


– Effective article notetaking

– Summarizing & Paraphrasing


–  Presentation organization and audience engagement

–   Written and spoken presentation on general text (20%)


– Academic language & style I:

– Writer’s logic & Argumentation, Hedging, Academic Word List


– Academic language & style II:

– Structure, Improving paragraphs

– Cohesion and Linking ideas

Annotated Bibliography (10%)


– Identifying an author’s stance, support and responding to them


–  Synthesizing multiple sources

–  Expressing your opinions about a topic


–  Addressing counter-arguments and rebuttals

–  Discussion on Academic text (25%)


– Slide Design, Layout and Content

– Establishing the overarching message

– Clarifying purpose


– Transforming written language into spoken language

– Gathering the message components


– Engaging your audience

– Presenting without a script


– Presenting creatively for different purposes

– Rehearsing and polishing


Presentation on academic topic (20%)

– Written essay on academic topic (20%)



Instructor:Lecturer Duncan Miers
Date:20 October to 13 December 2023 (08 December 2023 excluded)
Time & Schedule:Wed, Fri 13:00-15:00

(click here for a detailed schedule)

Duration:30 Hours (15 Sessions)
Location:Ilha Verde Campus
Delivery of Mode:Face-to-face Lecture
Tuition Fee:MOP2,000
Targeted Participants:Current USJ internal graduate students


💡Tuition fee special offered available for: 

10% Discount (MOP 1,800)

  • USJ working staff and students
  • Members of AAUSJ (Alumni Association of USJ)
  • Next of kin relationship (spouses, children, and parents), for current internal staff, USJ students, and members of AAUSJ
  • Former LLO students

Notes: the D.S.E.D.J. 2023-2026 Continuing Education Development Subsidy Scheme is NOT available for this course.

Remarks: the above Conditions of eligibility are subject to the terms in the “Policy of Lifelong Learning Public Programmes Tuition Fee Discount” (LLO-529). The full version is available on the LLO website (click here), please be sure to read the Terms and Conditions contained in this document carefully since any use of this tuition fee discount for lifelong learning public courses constitutes your acceptance of the Terms and Conditions set out herein. In the event of any dispute concerning the matters in this document, the Lifelong Learning Office of the University of Saint Joseph reserves all rights to make the final decision.


A three-step flow of “Registration, Notification, Enrolment” applies.

Applicants should first register (through methods listed in the “Registration” section on our website) during the application period of a Programme. Accepted Registrants will be notified through SMS and they must complete the application process in person during the period mentioned in the SMS, with a valid copy of Macao Resident ID Card.

A certificate of completion will be issued for participants fulfilling an attendance rate of 70%.

Withdrawal applications must follow stated policies.

Remark: Programmes may be cancelled due to insufficient registration.