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Language and communication

Deakin Study Skills is dedicated to providing support for you to continue to improve and build your academic English language and communication skills.


iDeaL is an online tool which you can use to find out which academic English language and communication skills services at Deakin are most relevant to your needs. All new students are required to complete iDeaL in their first week of study.

Find out more about iDeaL

Conversation club

Join the conversation! Come along to meet new people and develop your English conversation skills. Enjoy some friendly, informal discussion on a range of topics. Learn more about Australian culture and society, and about cultures from around the world. All welcome. No registration required.

Geelong Waurn Ponds

Every Tuesday 4-5 pm during Trimester.
Study Room 3, Level 2, Library.

Geelong Waterfront Campus

Every Tuesday 4-5 pm during Trimester.
Room D4.202, the Red Space, Level 4 (next to DUELI).

Burwood Campus

Every Tuesday 3-4 pm during Trimester.
Room H1.13, The Learning Space.

Warrnambool Campus

To be announced


The WordPower program can help you develop strategies to improve your English language skills within your discipline. It consists of 8 weekly campus or cloud (online) workshops, and self-access resources via CloudDeakin.

  • Develop an Independent Learning Plan.
  • Access online resources, activities and forums.
  • Present and discuss texts from your discipline or samples of your own work.
  • Practise your speaking skills through role-plays, group discussions and short presentations on topics relevant to your study.
  • Explore topics such as vocabulary building, identifying grammar errors and understanding academic style
  • Create a portfolio in CloudDeakin that can be used for ongoing personal learning.

To begin WordPower, select a timetable below that suits you, then self-register on CloudDeakin to access the WordPower resources before you attend your first session.

  1. Go to your CloudDeakin Home via Current Students
  2. Click More and and then Self registration
  3. Register for WordPower
  4. Read instructions and access learning materials
  5. Select a campus or cloud (online) workshop from the timetable below

The WordPower program begins in Week 2 of Trimester 1, 2014.


Tuesdays 10am – 12 noon

Room H1.12, The Learning Space, Melbourne Burwood campus

Teacher: Nancy

Session 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Date 18 Mar 25 Mar 01 Apr 08 Apr 15 Apr 29 Apr 06 May 13 May

Wednesdays 5pm – 7pm

Room H1.12, The Learning Space, Melbourne Burwood campus

Teacher: Drew

Session 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Date 19 Mar 26 Mar 02 Apr 09 Apr 16 Apr 30 Apr 07 May 14 May

Saturdays 11am – 1pm

Library Group Study Room V3.84, Library, Melbourne Burwood campus

Teacher: Minh

Session 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Date 22 Mar 29 Mar 05 Apr 12 Apr 03 May 10 May 17 May 24 May


Tuesdays 5pm – 7pm

Room D2.144, Geelong Waterfront campus

Teachers: Caroline and Maja

Session 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Date 18 Mar 25 Mar 01 Apr 08 Apr 15 Apr 29 Apr 06 May 13 May

Waurn Ponds

Saturdays 11am – 1pm

Room DD2.218, Geelong Waurn Ponds campus

Teacher: Geoff

Session 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Date 22 Mar 29 Mar 05 Apr 12 Apr 03 May 10 May 17 May 24 May

Cloud (online)

Fridays 10am – 11am

Before you use Lync for the first time, read Lync tips for students.

Log in with your Deakin student email and password.

Join Lync Meeting

Teacher: Drew

Session 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Date 21 Mar 28 Mar 04 Apr 11 Apr 02 May 09 May 16 May 23 May

English Language programs

Deakin students have access to a suite of self-paced, interactive English language programs from Clarity English.

You can practice your grammar, improve your reading skills, learn more about Business English, and more.

  • Log in with your Deakin ID to access these resources.

Useful websites

A collection of useful websites to continue developing your English language and communication skills.

Website Website description
Academic wordlist A useful resource that consists of 570 word families selected as they appear frequently in a broad range of academic texts. Learn a few words each day and soon you will be more confident with your lectures, tackling your readings and talking to other students.You may like to try this interactive academic word list too.
Vocabulary builder Learn new words every day.
Online writing lab Writing tips and activities from Purdue Online Writing Lab.
BBC Learning English Excellent resources for developing your vocabulary, practicing pronunciation, grammar activities and more.
ABC Four Corners A popular Australian current affairs program – you can watch the stories and access the transcripts.
ABC Foreign Correspondent International news stories with videos and transcripts.
Informit Edu TV An online video streaming service available for Deakin students. Select from over 10,000 TV programs including documentaries, news and TV series.
English Language GrowthThis resource advises students of ways to improve their English Language Growth.
There are 5 Learning Modules for you to access.

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