ENSLA103-22B (NET)

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 paper aids students for whom English is an Additional Language practice the skills of reading, writing, and lexical development.
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Paper Structure

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This paper is fully online and twice a week, students will be expected to participate with the lecture materials, online exercises and discussion areas as these will be the methods used to deliver content and allow for student practice and participation. Lecture delivery days and online tutorial times will be advised in Moodle at the beginning of the paper.

When the lecture materials are delivered, students will be expected to watch and read the materials and complete exercises set. The time this is expected to take is three (3) hours. In the online tutorials, students will be expected to complete online exercises and contribute to discussions. The time this is expected to take is one (1) hour.

The paper is supported on-line via its Moodle page, and Panopto recordings of lectures will be one of the methods used to deliver lecture content. Zoom (or its equivalent) will also be used for tutorial discussions.

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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, recognizing main points, and extracting relevant information to create useful notes,

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

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

    5. understanding the research process, selecting appropriate approaches and methods to collate and use such 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, analyzing language relating to written discourse and personal assessment of writing.

    Linked to the following assessments:
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Assessments include online exercises, reading exercises and individual pieces of written work completed throughout the course. 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. Assignment 1: Who Am I?
21 Jul 2022
11:30 PM
  • Online: Moodle Forum Discussion
2. Assignment 2: RCCI (x 6)
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Assignment 3: Online Exercises (x6)
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Assignment 4: Interim Project Draft
29 Sep 2022
11:30 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
5. Assignment 5: Final Written Project
27 Oct 2022
11:30 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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Lecture material which is required reading matter will be delivered via Moodle weekly as part of the lecture materials.
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Recommended Readings

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Note: Students are expected to have and use an English dictionary/thesaurus.

Other Text Resources:

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

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Other Resources

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Panopto Recordings:

Each lecture will be supported by a Panopto recording, the University preferred recording software. The recordings can be downloaded and watched in MP4 format.

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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.

There is also a page for students: learning from China, which is recommended for students to read: https://www.waikato.ac.nz/teaching-and-learning/student-learning/study-skills/learning-in-china

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The lectures for this paper will be delivered online for all students and accessing Moodle and working through lecture materials, exercises, readings and interactive discussions is necessary for completing the paper. Moodle logs for the paper will be frequently checked to ensure that all students are engaging with materials and activities provided.

Attendance is compulsory for the tutorials for the paper. Regardless of the fulfillment of the assignment requirements, if any student fails to attend the number of tutorials required (80%), 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 at lectures and tutorials 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 access Moodle and review lecture material, complete set activities and readings and allow plenty of lead-in time for assessments. Students should also make sure that advantage is taken of online tutorial help during the semester. As well as the four indicated online hours of lectures per week and the one tutorial hour, students are expected to spend upwards of 4 hours per week of their own time, preparing for and completing online activities, discussions and assignments, and reviewing materials.

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Linkages to Other Papers

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

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