• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Linguistics
  • Areas of interest English, Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, Digital Humanities, Literature, Arts
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Ksenia Gnevsheva
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2017
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The ability to write persuasively and appropriately in Academic English is fundamental to the successful completion of a degree in the humanities and social sciences. For students whose first language is not English, writing and interacting in academic English can be a great challenge. In addition to encountering a vast amount of new discipline-specific vocabulary, students may be grappling with culturally appropriate ways of structuring an argument. This course is designed to help students with first languages other than English engage with English academic sources and write accurately and persuasively for an academic audience. It introduces theoretical and practical aspects of English academic writing. Class discussions and activities will focus on skills such as how to sequence ideas and structure paragraphs into a coherent written argument, how to identify key and supporting ideas and how to identify elements of genres typical of the humanities and social sciences. Activities will develop academic reading strategies, writing skills (such as note making, annotation, planning, drafting, peer reviewing, revising, editing) and speaking and listening skills for discussions and presentations. Students will be encouraged to develop reading, writing, listening and speaking skills in their own areas of interest. This course is not appropriate for native speakers of English.

Learning Outcomes

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

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

  1. Understand and use general academic and discipline-specific English vocabulary and grammar;
  2. Use a range of reading strategies to critically appraise and engage with academic texts;
  3. Summarize, synthesize, and reference information accurately from discipline-specific sources;
  4. Sequence sentences and paragraphs into a strong, coherent argument;
  5. Reflect on own and others' writing;
  6. Use spoken academic English in discussions and presentations.

Indicative Assessment

Critical review of articles (1300 words - 20%; LO 1, 2, 4, 5)
Annotated bibliography (1700 words - 30%; LO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
Literature review (3000 words - 40%; LO 1, 3, 4, 5)
Presentation (15 min - 10%; LO 1, 3, 6)

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.


130 hours of total student learning time comprising:

a) 35 hours of contact: 24 hours of seminars and 11 hours of workshop.

b) 95 hours of independent student research, reading and writing

Requisite and Incompatibility

Enrolment in the Master of General & Applied Linguistics or Master of General & Applied Linguistics (Advanced), or Master of Digital Humanities and Public Culture or Master of Digital Humanities and Public Culture (Advanced), or Master of Museum and Heritage Studies or Master of Museum and Heritage Studies (Advanced), or Master of Translation or Master of Translation (Advanced). You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed LING2107.



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 $3216
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4590
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4893 20 Feb 2017 27 Feb 2017 31 Mar 2017 26 May 2017 In Person N/A

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