• Offered by ANU Wide
  • ANU College ANU Wide
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Essential University English
  • Areas of interest English
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Stephanie Elizabeth Hester
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2017
    Second Semester 2017
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Learning objectives include:

  • An emphasis on learning to communicate through interaction in English;
  • The introduction of authentic texts into the learning situation;
  • Teaching practices that help students develop their communication skills through pair work, group work, and fluency-based activities that develop confidence.
  • Exercises in which students practice and develop language functions, grammar and pronunciation activities.

The curriculum covers the following topics:

Essay structure

Oral presentation skills

Advanced academic writing

Referencing protocol

Discussion and tutorial skills

Avoiding plagiarism

Critical thinking

Reading and summarizing


ESEN110 and ESEN6101 are taught together but the postgraduate students are required to perform in assessment items at a more advanced and rigorous level than the undergraduates.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

At the conclusion of this course students will have:

  • increased report writing, essay writing, oral presentation and tutorial skills;
  • gained higher-level academic English language skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing, both generally and within their own discipline; and
  • improved their understanding of Australian academic culture.

Other Information

A comprehensive student workbook has been developed for the course.  Other reading will be assigned at the beginning of the course.

Indicative Assessment

Assessment in the course consists of:

  • Exercises (in-class, homework. listening)   - 15%
  • Fully researched and referenced writing task (of 2,000 to 2,500 words) in the students' own discipline  - 30%
  • Seminar presentation in the students' own discipline,   - 15%
  • Final exam  - 25%
  • Attendance and class participation – 5%

Each writing task for assessment is submitted in two drafts. The first is given coded feedback by the tutor; students must then submit a second draft with improvements based on the feedback.

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.


The course runs for one semester, with two two-hour classes per week, all in seminar style (not traditional lecture/tutorial mode). Small classes enable each student to receive individual attention from the class teacher. Pair work and group work is emphasised throughout.

Requisite and Incompatibility

Incompatible with ESEN1101

You will need to contact the ANU Wide to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Preliminary Reading

A full 100+-page student workbook has been developed for the course, with a mixture of materials both specifically developed for this course, and adapted from other sources.



Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $2856
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4080
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2980 20 Feb 2017 27 Feb 2017 31 Mar 2017 26 May 2017 In Person N/A

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7917 24 Jul 2017 31 Jul 2017 31 Aug 2017 27 Oct 2017 In Person N/A

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