ENSLA103-21A (HAM)

English as an Additional Language: Effective Academic Writing

15 Points

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Paper Description

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This paper aims to present students with ideas, guidelines, and frameworks that can be used to write more effectively in an academic context. The aims combine to help students for whom English is an Additional Language with practice in an academic context in the skills of reading, writing, and lexical development.
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Paper Structure

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There are two lectures per week and one tutorial per week on campus. Students are expected to attend both lectures and one tutorial per week. The paper is supported on-line via its Moodle page, and Panopto recordings of lectures are also available.
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • be competent with:

    1. locating and assessing academic research material on and offline in relation to cross-disciplinary topics,

    2. reading such research material, recognising main points, and extract relevant information to create useful notes,

    3. recognising a writer's attitude and interpreting a writer's intention,

    4. recognising personal writing attitudes and interpreting personal writing intentions,

    5. understanding the research process, selecting appropriate approaches and methods for collating and using of information for writing,

    6. having a cultural understanding of academic integrity in relation to using and displaying research material in writing,

    7. using a genre approach for preparing portfolios of writing and research material, allowing for drafting, re-drafting and editing of assignments/reports/case studies, analysing language relating to written discourse and personal assessment of writing.

    Linked to the following assessments:
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Assessments include written work in tests and individual pieces of written work completed throughout the paper. Full and complete details of all assessments will be available via Moodle throughout the trimester.

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Assessment 1: Who am I?:
5 Mar 2021
10:00 PM
  • Online: Moodle Forum Discussion
2. Assessment 2: Discussion/Writing Task 1
19 Mar 2021
No set time
  • In Class: In Lecture
3. Assessment 3:Read, Criticise, Compose, Interact Tasks
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Assessment 4: Discussion/Writing Task 2
16 Apr 2021
No set time
  • In Class: In Lecture
5. Assessment 5: Interim Project Draft
14 May 2021
5:00 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
6. Assessment 6: Final Written Project
10 Jun 2021
5:00 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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A set of paper materials has been prepared and must be purchased for success in, and completion of, the paper. These materials are available from Gravitas Waikato Print.
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Recommended Readings

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Note: Students are expected to bring an English dictionary/thesaurus to each lecture/tutorial.

Other Text Resources:

Any other text resources needed for the paper will be available from the paper Reading List, which is accessible via Moodle.

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Other Resources

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Panopto Recordings:

Each lecture is recorded via Panopto, the University preferred recording software. The recordings are available via Moodle after each lecture and can be downloaded and watched in a number of formats, such as audio or video podcasts.

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Online Support

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All enrolled students are automatically assignment an email username and password that can be arranged on enrollment and subsequently via http://tools.its.waikato.ac.nz/newuser.html. This registration process will make available a free gmail service provided by the University.

All enrolled students in the paper are given membership in Moodle which is available at http://elearn.waikato.ac.nz.

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Attendance is compulsory. Students are expected to attend 80% of the lectures (20 out of 24 lectures). Regardless of the fulfillment of the assessment requirements, if any student fails to attend the number of lectures required, they will be awarded a fail for the paper, unless medical certificates are provided.

Important note for International Students:

For international students in New Zealand with student visas, regular attendance is part of the visa obligation and is checked as a requirement of the University under the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students, to which the University is a signatory. Academic staff are formally required to monitor attendance in classes and submission of compulsory assessment event/items and to report to Waikato International in the event that any problem with irregular attendance or non-submission is not resolved.


The workload for the paper will be easier to manage if students attend class, review lecture material and allow plenty of lead-in time for assessments. Students should also make sure that advantage is taken of tutorial help during the trimester. As well as the four hours of lectures per week, and the one hour of tutorials, students are expected to spend upwards of 4 hours per week of their own time, completing assignments, preparing for tests and reviewing materials.

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Linkages to Other Papers

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Restricted papers: ESLA101, ALED100, ARTSC104. WRITE100, ENSLA100

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