• Class Number 4327
  • Term Code 2930
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Ksenia Gnevsheva
    • Dr Ksenia Gnevsheva
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 25/02/2019
  • Class End Date 31/05/2019
  • Census Date 31/03/2019
  • Last Date to Enrol 04/03/2019
SELT Survey Results

The ability to write persuasively and appropriately in Academic English is fundamental to the successful completion of a degree. This course is designed to help students engage with 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 academic genres. 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. 

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. Use a range of reading strategies to appraise and engage with academic texts;
2. Summarize, synthesize, and reference information from discipline-specific sources;
3. Identify and analyse elements typical of academic genres and their rhetorical functions;
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.

Required Resources

Readings on Wattle.

Bailey, S. (2015). Academic writing: A handbook for international students (4th ed.). London: Routledge.

McCarthy, M. & O’Dell, F. (2016). Academic vocabulary in use: Vocabulary reference and practice (2nd ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Oshima, A. & Hogue, A. (2006). Writing Academic English (4th ed.). White Plains, NY: Pearson Longman.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments,
  • verbal comments,
  • feedback to the whole class,
  • to groups,
  • to individuals. 

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Other Information

Referencing requirements

Use APA referencing for coursework. An online guide is available here:


If a different referencing style is prevalent in your discipline, talk to me about it.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introduction. Reading: sources and strategies. Critical thinking.
2 Paragraph writing, unity and coherence.
3 Essay structure, thesis statement, introductions, body paragraphs, conclusions.
4 Workshop essay: drafting, revising, proof-reading. Clauses and sentences. Mechanics: grammar, academic vocabulary. Critical review of an article due
5 Introduction to controversy. Annotated bibliography vs literature review.
6 Facts and opinions, summarizing, paraphrasing, quoting, accidental plagiarism.
7 Workshop annotated bibliography: content, references. Mechanics: punctuation, clarity. Annotated bibliography due
8 Combining sources.
9 Audience analysis. Mechanics: academic vocabulary, style.
10 Workshop essay. Literature review due
11 Workshop presentation. Visual information.
12 Seminar-style student presentations. Presentation due in class

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Critical review of an article 20 % 24/03/2019 07/04/2019 1, 2, 4, 5
Annotated bibliography 30 % 28/04/2019 12/05/2019 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Literature review 40 % 19/05/2019 02/06/2019 1, 3, 4, 5
Presentation 10 % 01/01/2099 01/01/2099 1, 3, 6

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using 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. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website. Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


You should attend the seminars and tutorials as this is a very hands-on course which involves a lot of discussion and team work. You will regularly peer review and give feedback to your classmates orally and in writing.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 24/03/2019
Return of Assessment: 07/04/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 4, 5

Critical review of an article

Students will critically review a discipline-specific academic article (primary source). The review will include an adequate and accurate summary and a clear and deep critique (contribution to the field and limits of the study) of the article. It will use an appropriate academic register and include both the final and the first drafts.

Word limit: 1200 words

Assessment Task 2

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 28/04/2019
Return of Assessment: 12/05/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Annotated bibliography

Students will select a topic of interest and write an annotated bibliography of a minimum of 5/6 (ugrad/pgrad) published primary academic sources. It will include an adequate and accurate summary of the source, an analysis of its strengths and weaknesses, and a clear description of the source’s usefulness and intended use in the literature review. It will use an appropriate academic register and referencing style and include both the final and the first drafts.

Word limit: 1800 words

Assessment Task 3

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 19/05/2019
Return of Assessment: 02/06/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 3, 4, 5

Literature review

Students will write a literature review that builds on the annotated bibliography from Assessment Task 2. The review will address a specific research question which will be adequately developed through engagement with the sources. It will use an appropriate academic register and referencing style and include both the final and the first drafts.

Word limit: 2500 words

Assessment Task 4

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 01/01/2099
Return of Assessment: 01/01/2099
Learning Outcomes: 1, 3, 6


Students will deliver their argument from Assessment Task 3 in a seminar-style presentation.

Length: 15 min

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) as submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Returning Assignments

Assignments will be returned via Turnitin.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Resubmission of Assignments

Students may not resubmit assignments.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Dr Ksenia Gnevsheva
6125 2736

Research Interests

Ksenia’s main linguistic interest lies at the intersection of sociolinguistics and second language acquisition. Her current work focuses on sociolinguistic variation in bilingual speakers in production and perception. 

Dr Ksenia Gnevsheva

Wednesday 14:00 15:00
Wednesday 14:00 15:00
Dr Ksenia Gnevsheva
6125 2736

Research Interests

Dr Ksenia Gnevsheva

Wednesday 14:00 15:00
Wednesday 14:00 15:00

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