Foundation Skills

R2,500.00 R2,200.00

Programme Overview

The aim of this programme is to equip participants with academic reading and writing skills, which is a minimum requirement for any academic course taken.

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Foundation Skills (Writing Skills)

After the successful completion of the programme, the student will receive a certificate (NQF level 5) issued and endorsed by the UFS. Recognition to the Higher Certificate in Management Development is available.

This course offers you an online opportunity of acquiring the academic literacy skills you need to access your studies. The mastery of these skills (writing skills) will assist you across all your subjects and are regarded as life skills. These skills are usually taught within an interactive classroom situation where feedback is immediate. Thus, although this is not a course where you write an official examination, you are required to work through the activities provided and complete the assignment

One of the biggest problems that students encounter when they register for academic study is the reading of their academic texts in English and writing their assignments in English which, for many, is a second language.

In this programme participants will learn to:

  1. Structure a reading effort and read with comprehension.
  2. Structure the writing of an assignment or report appropriately.
  3. Appropriately apply punctuation and referencing of sources.

Programme Content

  1. The SQ3R Academic Reading Method
  2. Writing Workshop
  3. References
  4. Additional Information


Your Lecturers for this online Programme: Foundation Skills (Writing Skills)

Professor Arlys van Wyk
Head of the Unit for Academic Literacy in the Centre for Teaching and Learning

She has been working in the field of academic literacy and student access for the past 19 years.  Her research focuses on academic literacy development and the language needs of English second-language students. 



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