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
OPELA or an in-class written diagnostic is compulsory for all first-year commencing students to complete. As a commencing student, you will be asked to complete either the OPELA or in-class written diagnostic task in the first two weeks of your commencing session. Which task you complete depends on the subject you are enrolled into: see 'participating subjects' below. More information about which task you are required to complete will be defined 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 the OPELA?
Yes, you still have to do the 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 received mean?
The feedback provides you with a snapshot of your current academic proficiency as follows:
- Basic proficiency: It is likely that you will need to spend significant time developing your academic language skills to meet the demands of your course. You will be directed to attend language development tutorials held throughout the session, these tutorials are compulsory to attend. It also suggested that you make use of the language resources and services that are available to you.
- 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, you should continue to develop your language skills during your course.
What happens once I have completed the OPELA?
Your result will be available immediately via the 'Results' tab in the UTSOnline OPELA site. You will be given feedback on your result. Please read carefully and follow the instructions provided to you. If your result from OPELA is 'Basic Proficiency' then you must attend Language Development Tutorials. Your feedback will provide you with information on how and when you can start attending language development tutorials.
What do I do if my OPELA feedback does not appear in UTS Online or I think the feedback is wrong?
Please email email@example.com
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.
You will have until the end of the second week of your commencing session to complete OPELA. You can still complete OPELA after week three. However, if your result from OPELA is 'Basic proficiency' you will be required to attend language development tutorials. Completing OPELA late may mean that you are not able to meet the minimum attendance requirement of 80% for language development tutorials. This will result in you receiving a FAIL (X) or Withheld (W) grade.
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.
What can I do to have my subject result released?
If you are eligible you will be contacted by firstname.lastname@example.org, about the steps you need to take to have your result released.
What language support and resources are available to me?
UTS: HELPS provides language support for all UTS students. Go to the UTS: HELPS homepage for details of daily workshops, self-help resources and other services.
The UTS Library is also an excellent source of support and resources to help you with your studies and develop your language skills.
In addition, different faculties provide language resources and services in different ways. For specific faculty information:
Participating Subjects - Spring Session 2019
|Faculty||SUBJECT CoDE||Subject Description||Screening TASK|
|BUS||21937||Managing, Leading and Stewardship||In-Class Written Diagnostic|
|BUS||23706||Economics for Management||OPELA|
|BUS||26100||Integrating Business Perspectives||OPELA|
|DAB||15142||Property Development Process||OPELA|
|DAB||85502||Research Design History||OPELA|
|FASS||57229||Ethical and Sustainable Media Practices||In-Class Written Diagnostic|
Exploring Human Communication: Theories and Practice
People, Information and Knowledge
|FASS||99207||Globalisation in Historical Perspective||OPELA|
|FASS||013105||Language Development||In-Class Written Diagnostic|
|FEIT||31265||Communication for IT Professionals||OPELA|
|FEIT||32144||Technology Research Preparation||OPELA|
|FEIT||42908||Engineering Project Preparation||OPELA|
|GSH||96063||GxP and Quality Auditing Practices||OPELA|
|HEALTH||92638||Foundations of the Australian Healthcare System||OPELA|
|HEALTH||96702||Foundations in Public Health||OPELA|
|LAW||70103||Ethics Law and Justice||OPELA|
|SCIENCE||60001||Principles of Scientific Practice||OPELA|
|SCIENCE||60901||Advanced Communication Skills in Science||OPELA|
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