OPELA is an online activity designed to give you some feedback on your current academic language skills. Academic language skills are essential for you to successfully engage in your studies and achieve your educational and career goals.
OPELA - Online Post-Enrolment Language Assessment
All commencing first-year students must complete either the Online Post-Enrolment Language Assessment (OPELA) or an in-class written diagnostic in the first two weeks of the commencing session. Information about these tasks is included in your subject outline and communicated to you in your first class.
The purpose of these tasks is to give you an indication of your academic language skills. Academic language skills are an essential foundation for learning and ongoing language development at university, especially discipline-specific language and professional communication. Awareness of your academic language skills will enable you to understand and address your language development need by accessing language support resources and services.
Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
My first language is English. Do I still have to do OPELA?
Yes, you still have to do OPELA. OPELA does not focus on English language, it specifically focuses on academic language.
Is my OPELA “result” included in my academic record?
No, OPELA provides a form of feedback for you to use rather than a “result”. Your OPELA information is not included in your academic record and will not appear on your official Academic Transcript or your Australian Higher Education Graduation Statement (AHEGS).
What does the feedback I receive mean?
The feedback provides you with a snapshot of your current academic proficiency as follows:
- Basic Proficiency: Your result suggests that you will need to spend a significant amount of time improving your Academic English throughout your degree. You will be required to attend Language Development Tutorials every week starting from week 3 or 4 of the teaching session. These tutorials are in addition to your normal study load and attendance is compulsory.
Intermediate proficiency: While it is likely you will be able to meet the demands of your course, you should further develop your language skills by accessing the language development activities, resources, and services that are available.
Good proficiency: You have good foundations in academic language for university study. However, you should continue to develop your language skills during your course.
Basic Proficiency: Your result suggests that you will need to spend a significant amount of time improving your academic English throughout your degree. Please read the Basic Proficiency section to find out about the next steps you need to take.
Intermediate Proficiency: Your result suggests that while it is likely you will be able to meet the demands of your course, you will need to spend time improving your academic English throughout your degree.Good Proficiency: Your result suggests that your general level of academic English is proficient for university study.
What happens once I have completed the OPELA?
Your result and feedback will be available to you at My Student Admin the day after completing OPELA. If your result from OPELA is 'Basic Proficiency' you must attend Language Development tutorials. Your feedback will provide you with information on how to start attending Language Development tutorials.
What happens if I do not complete the OPELA task?
Language screening tasks are compulsory. If you do not complete OPELA / In-class written diagnostic, you have not met a minimum requirement of your subject. Depending on your faculty you will receive a FAIL (X) or Withheld (W) grade for your subject until you have completed the task.
What happens if I do not attend the compulsory Language Development Tutorials?
Language development tutorials have an attendance requirement of 80%. This means you can only miss one tutorial. Missing more than one language development tutorial will result in you receiving a FAIL (X) or Withheld (W) grade.
How can I remove my FAIL (X) or Withheld (W) grade?
If you are eligible you will be contacted by email@example.com, about the steps you need to remove your FAIL (X) or Withheld (W) grade.
What language support and resources are available to me?
UTS offers free academic and English language workshops as well as subject-specific programs, such as UPASS, to all current students. These are run by the Higher Education Language and Presentation Support (HELPS) team who can assist you by providing individual, peer-assisted and group support in a friendly and respectful environment.
HELPS services are highly recommended regardless of what proficiency you receive from OPELA. Visit HELPS for more information.
The UTS Library is also an excellent source of support and resources to help you with your studies.
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