Inherent requirements for Languages


These inherent requirements apply to all the language majors, sub-majors and elective units:

  • 101950 Intercultural Communication
  • 100201 Special Study in Languages and Linguistics

Arabic

  • Arabic Major (M1059)
  • Arabic Sub-major (SM1077)
  • 100041 Arabic 101
  • 100042 Arabic 102
  • 102019 Arabic 201
  • 102020 Arabic 202
  • 102021 Arabic 203
  • 102022 Arabic 204
  • 101949 Arabic 301
  • 100048 Arabic 302: Arabic Advanced Language and Grammar
  • 100049 Arabic 303: Advanced Writing Skills
  • 100050 Arabic 304: Arabic Advanced Speaking
  • 100052 Arabic 306: Arabic Novel and Short Story
  • 100054 Arabic 308: Language Past and Present

Chinese

  • Chinese Major (M1060)
  • Chinese Sub-major (SM1078)
  • 100056 Chinese 101
  • 100057 Chinese 102
  • 102024 Chinese 201
  • 102025 Chinese 202
  • 102026 Chinese 203
  • 102027 Chinese 204
  • 101951 Chinese 301
  • 100063 Chinese 302
  • 100064 Chinese 303: Twentieth-Century Chinese Literature
  • 100065 Chinese 304: Chinese Classical Literature
  • 100066 Chinese 305: Chinese Cinema
  • 100510 Chinese 306: Traditional Chinese Thought
  • 100067 Chinese 307: The Cultural Context of China

Indonesian

  • Indonesian Major (M1093)
  • Indonesian Sub-major (SM1112)
  • 102316 Indonesian 101
  • 102326 Indonesian 102
  • 102319 Indonesian 201
  • 102327 Indonesian 202
  • 102320 Indonesian 301: Indonesian for Academic Purposes
  • 102328 Indonesian 302: Indonesian for Professional Purposes
  • 102329 Indonesian 303: Indonesian for Business
  • 102330 Indonesian 304: Contemporary Indonesia
  • 102331 Indonesian 305: Past and Present of Indonesian
  • 102332 Indonesian 306: Indonesian Literature

Japanese

  • Japanese Major (M1062)
  • Japanese Sub-major (SM1080)
  • 100085 Japanese 101
  • 100086 Japanese 102
  • 102028 Japanese 201
  • 102029 Japanese 202 Speaking and Listening
  • 102030 Japanese 203
  • 102031 Japanese 204
  • 101952 Japanese 301
  • 100092 Japanese 302
  • 100093 Japanese 303: Contemporary Culture and Society
  • 101970 Japanese 304: Discourse in Japanese
  • 101971 Japanese 305: Advanced Reading and Writing

Introduction

The Western Sydney University School of Humanities and Communication Arts (SoHCA) strongly supports the right of all people to pursue major or sub-major studies in language at the SoHCA to achieve their potential and career objectives. The School is committed to making reasonable adjustments to teaching and learning, assessment and other activities to address the impact of students' disabilities so that they are able to participate in their course.

To support potential and current students' decision making, a series of inherent requirement statements has been developed. These statements specify the course requirements where major or sub-major studies in Languages may be selected. The statements are clustered under four domains consisting of ethical behaviour, behavioural stability, communication and cognition.

How to read the inherent requirement statements

If you are intending to enrol in an undergraduate course at the SoHCA where a major or sub-major language studies is compulsory, or if you are planning on enrolling in an Elective Language Unit, you should look at these Inherent Requirement statements and think about whether you may experience challenges in meeting these requirements. If you think you may experience challenges related to your disability, chronic health condition or any other reason, you should discuss your concerns with a campus Disability Advisor (DA) or the SoHCA staff, such as Director of Academic Program, Academic Course Advisor or School Disability Coordinator. These staff can work collaboratively with you to determine reasonable adjustments to assist you to meet the Inherent Requirements. In the case where it is determined that Inherent Requirements cannot be met with reasonable adjustments, the University staff can provide guidance regarding other study options

Students with print disabilities, who wish to undertake studies in languages which utilise a writing system other than the English alphabet, should discuss this with their DA and /or support organisation (e.g. Vision Australia) prior to enrolment.

These inherent requirements should be read in conjunction with other course information.

Each inherent requirement is made up of the following five levels:

  • Level 1 - introduction to the inherent requirement
  • Level 2 - description of what the inherent requirement is
  • Level 3 - explanation of why this is an inherent requirement of the course
  • Level 4 - the nature of any adjustments that may be made to allow you to meet the requirement
  • Level 5 - examples of things you must be able to do to show you've met the requirement

There are four domains of inherent requirements in the undergraduate courses where a language major or sub-major study is offered. Some domains have a number of sub-domains.

  • Ethical behaviour
  • Behavioural stability
  • Communication
  • Cognition

Inherent requirement statements

Ethical behaviour

  Inherent requirement statements
1 Students are governed by policies, procedures and guidelines and must be accountable and responsible for ensuring appropriate behaviour in all contexts.
2 Student demonstrates knowledge of, and engages in ethical behaviour.
3

Justification of inherent requirement:

» Compliance with the codes, guidelines and policies facilitates safe, competent interactions and relationships for students and/or the people they engage with. This ensures the physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual wellbeing of the individual is not placed at risk

4 Adjustments must not compromise policies, procedures and guidelines or result in unethical behaviour.
5

Exemplars:

» Complying with academic and non-academic misconduct policies

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Behavioural stability

  Inherent requirement statements
1 Behavioural stability is required to function effectively during language studies.
2 Student demonstrates behavioural stability to work constructively in a diverse and changing academic environment.
3

Justification of inherent requirement:

» Behavioural stability is required to work individually and in groups in changing academic environments. Students undertaking language courses and/or units will be required to have behavioural stability to manage their academic responsibilities objectively and professionally

4 Adjustments must support stable, effective and professional behaviour in academic settings.
5

Exemplars:

» Being receptive and responding appropriately to constructive feedback
» Coping with own emotions and behaviour effectively when dealing with individuals in the academic setting

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Communication

This course requires effective, verbal, aural and written communication skills.

Verbal
  Inherent requirement statements
1 Students must be able to convey verbal information in the chosen language/s being studied.
2

Student demonstrates: the capacity to effectively convey information to listeners in the language/s being studied.

3

Justification of inherent requirement:

» A demonstrated capacity to engage in verbal communication is fundamental to language acquisition and the demonstration of language skills, capacity and functionality

4 Adjustments must not compromise the effective exchange of auditory information in an accurate, effective and time appropriate manner.
5

Exemplars:

» Engaging in conversations in the language being studied
» Demonstrating the ability to convey messages and information in the language being studied

Aural
  Inherent requirement statements
1 Students must be able to acquire auditory information in the language being studied.
2

Student demonstrates:

» The capacity to acquire auditory information accurately and effectively in the language being studied
» The ability to understand and apply that auditory information accurately and effectively in the language being studied

3

Justification of inherent requirement:

» The capacity to acquire auditory information, to accurately interpret and apply that information, is fundamental to language acquisition

4 Adjustments must not compromise the effective exchange of auditory information or the effective demonstration of the understanding of the spoken language.
5

Exemplars:

» Being able to answer questions presented in the language being studied
» Being able to respond appropriately to auditory stimulus, such as instructions in the language being studied

Written
  Inherent requirement statements
1 Language students must be able to acquire, understand, apply and convey information in a written or print format.
2

Student demonstrates:

» The ability to acquire information from a written or printed text
» The ability to understand the vocabulary, structure and meaning of written or printed text
» The ability to apply the information acquired in a meaningful context
» The ability to convey accurate and meaningful messages in a written and/or printed format, in the language being studied
» The capacity to produce script related to the language being studied 

3

Justification of inherent requirement:

» The ability to interact meaningfully and accurately with written or printed material is fundamental to language acquisition, functionality and use of language.

4 Adjustments must not compromise the demonstrated understanding and production of written or print material in the language being studied.
5

Exemplars:

» Demonstrating the ability to perceive and understand alphabets, characters, vocabulary and language structure of the language being studied
» Demonstrating the capacity to produce accurate, legible print or written materials in the language being studied

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Cognition

This course requires knowledge of theory and the skills of cognition and literacy.

Knowledge and cognitive skills
  Inherent requirement statements
1 Language students must possess the necessary knowledge and cognitive skills to acquire and communicate effectively in the language being studied in both verbal and written modalities.
2

Student demonstrates:

» Sufficient knowledge of the language components, construction and concepts to acquire and convey meaning effectively in the language being studied
» The cognitive skills to understand and apply these components, constructions and concepts to acquire and convey meaning effectively in the language being studied

3

Justification of inherent requirement:

» The knowledge of language components, construction and concepts is fundamental to the accurate and effective acquisition, functionality and use of language
» The cognitive capacity to understand these components, constructions and concepts is fundamental to the accurate and effective acquisition, functionality and use of language

4 Adjustments should not compromise the effective demonstration of the student's knowledge and cognitive skills in communicating in the language being studied.
5

Exemplars:

» Accurately extracting meaning from print material in the language being studied
» Demonstrating language competence by applying meaning and concepts in dialogue

Literacy (language)
  Inherent requirement statements
1 Students must be able to demonstrate an appropriate standard of literacy and language skills in the language being studied.
2

Student demonstrates:

» The ability to interact with the language being studied appropriately and effectively
» The ability to acquire and convey meaning appropriately and effectively in the language being studied
» The ability to interpret, apply and communicate ideas in the language being studied

3

Justification of inherent requirement:

» The required standard of literacy and language skills is fundamental to the accurate and effective acquisition, functionality and use of language

4 Adjustments should not compromise the effective demonstration of literacy and language skills
5

Exemplars:

» Producing an essay discussing issues raised by material in the language being studied
» Engaging in verbal communication in the language being studied about ideas, issues and concepts

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*Developed from: Johnson, A., Allan,T., Phillips,K., Azzopardi,T., Dickson,C., Goldsmith,M & Hengstberger-Sims, C. (2011). Inherent Requirements of Nursing Education (IRONE), Western Sydney University School of Nursing & Midwifery and Student Equity & Disability Services.


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