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.


  • Explore topics such as vocabulary building, identifying grammar errors and understanding academic style.
  • Access online resources, activities and forums.
  • Present and discuss texts from your discipline and samples of your own work.
  1. Log in to CloudDeakin
  2. Click More and and then Self registration
  3. Access CloudDeakin resources
  4. Attend a session that suits you

The WordPower program begins in Week 3 of Trimester 2, but you can join online anytime!


Wednesdays 10am – 12 noon

Room H1.13, The Learning Space, Melbourne Burwood campus

Teacher: Nancy

Session 1 2 3 4 5 6
Date 30 July 06 Aug 20 Aug 27 Aug 03 Sep 10 Sep

Saturdays 11am – 1pm

Library Group Study Room V3.84, Library,

Melbourne Burwood campus

Teacher: Caroline

Session 1 2 3 4 5 6
Date 02 Aug 09 Aug 23 Aug 30 Aug 06 Sep 13 Sep



Tuesdays 12pm – 2pm

Room D2.144, Geelong Waterfront campus

Teachers: Maja / Caroline

Session 1 2 3 4 5 6
Date 29 July 05 Aug 19 Aug 26 Aug 02 Sep 09 Sep

Waurn Ponds

Saturdays 11am – 1pm

Library group study room 3, Level 2

Geelong Waurn Ponds campus

Teacher: Geoff

Session 1 2 3 4 5 6
Date 02 Aug 09 Aug 23 Aug 30 Aug 06 Sep 13 Sep


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

Clarity English

Deakin students have access to a suite of self-paced, interactive English language programs from Clarity English. Practice your grammar, improve your reading skills, learn more about Business English, and more.

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Conversation club

Join the conversation! Come along to meet new people and enjoy some friendly, informal discussion on a range of topics. 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
Thursdays 2–3pm (from 7 August –11 September).
Room B1.09 (in Student Life)

Language exchange program

Have you ever thought of learning a new language? Planning a trip and wanting to learn some simple phrases? Do you study a language and don't have friends to practise with? Well, Deakin Language Exchange Program is here for you!

Useful websites

Website Website description
Library resource guideThis guide includes links to English language resources available in the library.
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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