English Writing for Academic Purposes

Please note: this is archived course information from 2017 for ENGWRIT 101.


English Writing 101 is useful if you want to improve your existing writing skills and get better grades in other courses. The course aims to help you write clear, well-developed, properly-referenced essays, which directly address the topic in an appropriate way. It focuses on sound principles of essay writing, provides practice in the various stages of writing and develops understanding of the different types of text required at university. These include arguments, comparison and contrast, definition and classification, summaries, critiques, literature reviews, case studies and reports. Sample texts contributed by top University of Auckland students are used to illustrate the types of writing required in different subjects at this university.

English Writing 101 can be taken by students from most Faculties to meet the Academic English Language Requirement (AELR). The course is also a first year course in a Writing Studies major or minor.

Class limits information for 2017: Summer School enrolment limit 60; Semester 1 enrolment limit 150; Semester 2 enrolment limit 120. Selection criteria as follows: First priority TAS/CAS students for whom DELNA indicates this is the appropriate academic English course; then first in, first enrolled.

View the course syllabus

Availability 2017

Summer School, repeated Semester 1 and 2


Coordinator(s)  Neil Matheson


Coursework + exam


ENGWRIT 101: 15 points