ACADENG 100 : Forms in Academic English


2024 Semester One (1243) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Focuses on developing an understanding of academic reading and writing, including sentence and paragraph structure and academic vocabulary, and aims to develop strategies for employing these for effective reading and writing of academic texts. Develops an understanding of broad principles and practices of academic discourse at university level.

Course Overview

This course will help you to write sentences and paragraphs with clear meaning and accurate language. You develop editing skills so you can correct your writing to improve the quality of your work. We analyse the types of texts that university students are expected to read and write and learn to use the style of language that is appropriate for the academic context. Building up word knowledge, especially vocabulary found most often in university texts, is an important part of the course.
Overall, this course covers reading, vocabulary and writing that helps you to understand and produce written texts at university level.
ACADENG 100 is also an approved course for students who have not met the Academic English Language Requirement (AELR). The course is available as an AELR course to students from all faculties except Business. 

NOTE: This course is available only to students who speak English as an additional language. All students must do a writing and/or grammar test at the beginning of this course.  Any student whose results show a higher level of English language proficiency than appropriate for this course will not be permitted to take this course.  

Course Requirements

Restriction: May not be taken if ENGWRIT 101 or ESOL 201 or ACADENG 201 or ESOL 210 or ACADENG 210 has previously been passed. This course is available only to students who speak English as an additional language

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 3: Knowledge and Practice
Capability 4: Critical Thinking
Capability 6: Communication
Capability 7: Collaboration
Capability 8: Ethics and Professionalism
Graduate Profile: Bachelor of Arts

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Identify understand and use 'academic' vocabulary (Capability 3 and 6)
  2. Understand main ideas and supporting information in short academic texts (Capability 3 and 4)
  3. Understand text organisation and language of specific types of academic texts (Capability 3, 4, 6 and 7)
  4. Use appropriate academic language and style to create meaning in short written texts (Capability 3, 4 and 8)
  5. Use accurate paragraph and sentence structures in short writing tasks (Capability 3, 4 and 6)
  6. Edit writing to minimise errors of coherence, paragraph and sentence structure, grammar and vocabulary (Capability 3, 6 and 8)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Coursework 80% Individual Coursework
Final Exam 20% Individual Examination

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 15 point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week in each 15 point course that they are enrolled in.

For this course, you can expect 48 hours of combined lectures, tutorials and blended online materials, 24 hours of reading and thinking about the content, 24 hours of work on assignments and/or test preparation, plus additional study during the study breaks.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

This course is offered in a face-to-face delivery mode:

70% Attendance is required to pass the course. Attendance on campus may be required for the exam. The activities for the course are scheduled as a standard weekly timetable. The course is delivered through 2 sessions per week totaling three hours on campus, blended with an online component using multimedia materials for individual online learning. Zoom classes will be held if external events mean attendance on campus in regular sessions is not possible. Classroom sessions will not be recorded. This course runs to the University semester timetable and all the associated completion dates and deadlines will apply.

Study material will be released progressively throughout the course. This course runs to the University semester timetable and all the associated completion dates and deadlines will apply.

Learning Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

There is a required coursebook 'ACADENG 100 Forms in Academic English' for all students enrolled in the course. It can be purchased from UBIQ (the University Bookshop) on campus (in the Kate Edger Information Commons building). 

Online students will be supplied with electronic versions of all necessary learning materials.

Student Feedback

At the end of every semester students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback and respond with summaries and actions.

Your feedback helps teachers to improve the course and its delivery for future students.

Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the department and faculty staff-student consultative committees.

More opportunity for grammar editing practice will be made available as a direct result of student feedback on suggested improvements to the course.

Other Information

• Students MUST attend minimum 70% of classes to pass the course.
• Failure to do this will result in a final grade of DNC (Did Not Complete), which is a fail grade.
• Failure to attend the final exam will result in a DNS grade (Did Not Sit) – also a fail grade.

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed for potential plagiarism or other forms of academic misconduct, using computerised detection mechanisms.

Class Representatives

Class representatives are students tasked with representing student issues to departments, faculties, and the wider university. If you have a complaint about this course, please contact your class rep who will know how to raise it in the right channels. See your departmental noticeboard for contact details for your class reps.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website

Well-being always comes first
We all go through tough times during the semester, or see our friends struggling. There is lots of help out there - for more information, look at this Canvas page, which has links to various support services in the University and the wider community.

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption, we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and course assessment continues to meet the principles of the University’s assessment policy. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator/director, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the university website for information about how to proceed.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course students may be asked to submit coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.

Published on 18/10/2023 02:40 p.m.