ENGLISH 121G Reading/Writing/Text

ENGLISH 121G | Open Schedule | 15 points

City campus: All Semesters, including Summer School

Manukau campus: Semesters One and Two

Epsom campus: Semester One


ENGLISH 121G aims to help improve your ability to read, write and think, no matter what your major or degree. The course targets and strengthens literacy skills which are important for academic success, equipping you with the ability to read and write more effectively and to navigate the university environment with greater confidence. The course also focuses on transferable literacy skills that will assist you in workplace, digital and professional communications.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, you should have improved your ability:

  • To recognise different types of texts and genres
  • To grasp the purpose of a text, its audience, and the case it makes
  • To read and respond to academic and non-academic texts that deal with a range of topics
  • To understand the effects produced by different types of grammatical and stylistic expression within your own writing and the writing of others
  • To construct, shape and deliver writing that is appropriate to a set task
  • To mobilise a technical vocabulary associated with writing to cite and reference in an appropriate manner 
  • To evaluate and edit the work of others using constructive, informed feedback

Topics covered

Readings include academic publications, online journalism, blogs, multimedia texts, literary texts and visual texts. We also deal with objects such as graffiti, comics and advertising billboards, and we reflect directly on how to interpret the communications, resources and tasks associated with a university course. Techniques for taking notes and writing essays and paragraphs are a key focus of ENGLISH 121G. We also deal specifically with grammar and punctuation, and with how to manage referencing and citations. Questions of authorship, originality, plagiarism and what it means to write ‘properly’ lead us to consider conditions and rules of writing in the contemporary world, and the particular conventions of academic, public and online communication.


Writing assignments (30%)
Critical essay (30%)
Tutorial activities (10%)
Exam (30%)

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