English for Theology

This postgraduate unit assists Language Other Than English students to understand and acquire some basic elements of grammar and structure in the English language in a theological context.

It assists students to acquire a preliminary/introductory vocabulary and pronunciation to enable them to talk and write about a theological topic in English. It assists students to have some access to the range of theological materials available in English so they can apply Biblical/theological English in various practical situations. It provides an effective approach to learning English, including basic research methods to extend knowledge of unfamiliar contexts. It fosters an understanding of English thought and expression. It also provides a familiarisation with English and Biblical/theological terminology required to discuss Biblical/theological ideas through exploring passages from one of the books in the Contemporary English Version of the Bible.

All A units are not included in the structure of Majors or Sub-majors (UG studies) or in concentration or specialisation (PG studies).


Study Level



Humanities in the Christian Tradition

Credit Points



36 Credit points


Learning Outcomes

At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Accurately match English and first language written descriptions or definitions of introductory Biblical/theological ideas and concepts and match spoken English descriptions or definitions of introductory Biblical/theological ideas and concepts with first language written descriptions.
  2. In written English, use complex sentences (allowing a few errors, either in form or use, that do not impede meaning) to discuss Biblical/theological ideas using vocabulary and Biblical/theological terminology that address the basic question with some use of a wider vocabulary.
  3. Recognise examples of correct use of basic English grammar and sentence structure and correct simple errors in passages adapted from the Contemporary English Version of the Bible
  4. Write in English at least three types of prayer and read them aloud with at least intelligible fluency and so that the listener hears and understands at least 80% of the words.
  5. Apply elementary research methods to explain in written or spoken language

a. (in English) fundamental topics in Christianity and
b. (in first language) sound comprehension of prepared passages from Contemporary English Version of the Bible.

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