Academic literacy and grammar workshops


Western Sydney University runs a range of free preparation programs to help all new and continuing students. These programs help you to get ready for uni and are offered at different times throughout the year.

  • We have workshops to help you with your Academic Literacy skills such as writing and referencing
  • We have Academic Literacy workshops specifically designed for International students.
  • We have workshops that focus on improving grammar
  • Did you know that Academic Literacy workshops are free?
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What are Academic Literacy workshops?

Academic Literacy workshops provide an opportunity for you to find out what is expected at university and for you to develop your academic skills in preparation for studying for your degree.

The grammar workshops help you to improve the accuracy of your sentences. Good writing starts with being able to write good sentences.

You can choose from two-hour, four-hour, two-day, four-day or online workshops that run before and during session.

The workshops are great for all students. They may be especially helpful if you're wondering about the academic expectations of university, if you've had a break from study and are feeling a bit rusty, or if you haven't studied in Australia before.

Please note: each program has a limited number of places available. If a program doesn't have enough students registered, it may not run. Any student who has already registered in an affected program will be notified of any changes.

To register for workshops, go to the Academic Literacy workshops registration form to apply.

Two-day workshop

This short two-day Academic Literacy workshop develops essential literacy skills. These skills include:

  • academic style of writing
  • essay writing at university
  • referencing and researching

The workshop allows you to practise these skills in a supportive environment and receive some feedback on your writing skills from a tutor.

Please check the registration page for dates of workshops.

Four-day workshop

This four-day Academic Literacy workshop gives an introduction to what's expected of you at university and develops essential literacy skills.

This longer workshop will allow more time to develop your skills and receive feedback on your writing skills from a tutor. It will include the essential literacy skills covered in the two-day workshop, plus a look at oral presentation skills, time management and note taking.

The four-day workshop is a great way to prepare for university and practise these skills in a supportive environment. It's also a great way to meet other students in a relaxed and friendly environment.

These skills include:

  • academic style of writing
  • essay writing at university
  • referencing and research
  • critical analysis
  • assignment preparation
  • reading and note taking
  • time management
  • oral presentation skills and more

Four-day workshops are planned for pre-Summer Session and pre-Autumn Session. Please check the registration page regularly for new dates.

Two to four hour workshops

Grammar Workshop 1: The use of articles (two hours)
This workshop will explore when to use 'a', 'an' and 'the' in your writing.

Grammar Workshop 2: The use of pronouns (two hours)
This workshop will look at how to select the correct pronoun and how to avoid ambiguity in your writing.

Grammar Workshop 3: Subject-verb agreement (two hours)
This workshop will look at how to match your nouns and your verbs to avoid losing marks because of a lack of subject-verb agreement.

Grammar Workshop 4: Clauses and complex sentences (two hours)
Good sentence structure helps to make your meaning clear. This workshop examines various types of clauses and how to create complex sentences.

Three to four hour workshops will be added as they become available, please check the registration page regularly for new sessions.

Online workshop

The online workshop consists of six modules:

  • How to write an essay
  • How to read academic texts and make notes
  • How to research and reference sources
  • How to do an oral presentation
  • Other assignments — research reports, reflective writing and annotated bibliographies, and
  • What is academic culture

For more information on the online workshop go to our frequently asked questions page, or go to the registration page to apply.

Workshops for International students

In February, we have workshops specifically designed for international students; please check dates when registering. Of course, international students are welcome to attend any of the academic literacy workshops.

How do I apply?

Registrations for selected workshops are open. Go to the Academic Literacy workshops registration form to apply.

If you have any more questions email