Academic Language Development Program

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

English Language Pathways

English Language Pathways (credit bearing courses) are available for International students and students from non-English speaking backgrounds who wish to continue the study of English as part of their chosen professional award. These are offered by the School of International Studies. Contact Deb Bryant.

Friday, August 04, 2006

Academic Language Development Program


Writing a minor thesis (see the folder at the bottom of the list) resources have been added to the website too. I trust these are useful to you. I would be interested in receiving feedback from you on the resources provided.

Enjoy your thesis writing!


Editing resource

Dear readers

As a postscript to our Academic Language Development Program, we developed an editing resource. It draws heavily on the work of Anne Eisenberg (1992), whose examples are used in the last three slides. I hope you find it useful.

Kerry O'Regan and Helene Hipp from Adelaide University have also produced an excellent editing checklist.


Wednesday, July 19, 2006

A resource from Helen Benzie

Hi everyone

Helen is one of our LA's from City West. She also organises the Academic Language Development Program (which you are attending at the moment).

Helen sent this to us and I thought it might be of interest to some students - particularly where English is a second language. I believe one of the programs is run by students and the other by clinicians - you can follow these up if you're interested.

(If you double click on the images pasted above they will become larger.)


re reading critically session

Hi everyone, I enjoyed working with you today. we covered a lot of material and ideas in the session.

I've now uploaded the powerpoint and handouts I used today.

Housekeeping and some resources

Hi again, students and Learning Adviser colleagues

You will need to REFRESH this blog (refresh button on the top bar) in order to view the first page on here:

This is because I have tinkered with it slightly.

I promised you a couple of things over the past two days:

  1. The reference for a book on supervising post graduate students. While this is primarily for academics (in terms of audience) it does give some insights into possible cross-cultural issues articulating international students face. The reference is 'Supervising postgraduates from non-English speaking backgrounds' by Ryan and Zuber-Skerritt.
  2. The Ask Learning Connection URL:
  3. The academic writing triangle.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Report writing session

  • Hi all

I have now put my PowerPoint session up.

Thanks again for your enthusiastic participation. I thought you came up with some excellent 'preliminary' work statements. Let's see if I can remember them:

  • Take time to understand the task
  • Know your audience
  • Know what you do not yet know (does that make sense?!)
  • Use the structure itself to map the ideas
  • Work back from the date and plot important milestones (Researching, the consultation processes, writing, macro and micro editing, proofreading)

Did I leave anything off the list?

Best wishes


Mind mapping as a tool for studying and learning

Hi everyone
I have posted the powerpoint presentation so it is easy for you to download. Please let me know if you have any questions about mind mapping or comments. Also remember me when you create your mind maps and please send me a copy!

Susanna Carter

Oral presentations

Dear students,

I enjoyed yesterday's session, and hope that you found it useful to try your hand at presenting to others.

Here is the PowerPoint I used, which some people wanted.

Remember when you do come to do a presentation in your courses to plan, prepare, and practise - the three Ps. In particular, practise!


Monday, July 17, 2006

Welcome to the Academic Language Development site

Hi All

I really enjoyed Monday morning's session with you - lots of challenging questions and discussion.

Here are three key points from this morning:

  • Remember Nancy's principle about being self-directed and critical in all that we write. In other words, you need to explore and judge rather than taking material at face value.
  • Remember TREC. A simple writing formula to get you started with paragraph writing. Topic Sentence --- Reference --- Example --- Concluding sentence.
  • Join the club. That is, join the literature club. Use the key theorists and researchers around your topic area to show your lecturer that you can participate in the conversation.

Here is a little home which contains links to today's powerpoint.

I look forward to your comments and wish you well in your studies.