2 Overall Learning Objectives

By reading and completing activities in this resource you will be able to:

  • Identify and use different language basics – parts of speech, grammatical and sentence structures
  • Demonstrate note-taking skills
  • Apply paraphrasing, quoting, summarising, and referencing techniques
  • Understand the importance of academic integrity
  • Understand and apply annotated reading techniques
  • Synthesize and integrate source material
  • Write and complete an oral presentation
  • Understand the process of academic writing for more than one purpose
  • Determine the type of academic writing you might be asked to complete
  • Review approaches to developing and structuring ideas
  • Develop a thesis statement with a single assertion or dual perspectives
  • Apply strategies for planning your writing assignment, including:
    • Concept Mapping
    • Drafting paragraphs
    • Searching for academic sources for quoting, paraphrasing, and summarizing
    • Integrating sources / evidence, and applying the evidence using reasoning
    • Overcoming obstacles to academic writing
    • Challenging your preconceived assumptions and biases to write objectively
  • Apply strategies for writing cohesive academic essays – including the introduction, body paragraph structure, and a conclusion
  • Use key questions for revising and editing


There are activities for you to do throughout this resource. Each activity will have this banner above it:

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