Assessment arrangements for students with language backgrounds other than English

Under the Policy, Student assessment (coursework) (clauses 29–33), students from linguistically diverse backgrounds (including Indigenous Australians), may be eligible for additional time in assessment items.

If you are a new student to the ANU College of Law, coming from a language background other than English you may be able to apply special assessment arrangements for your assessment within your first year of study at an Australian tertiary institution. These arrangements are designed to help you transition to studying in English at the Australian National University and approval is course based. You can apply for altered assessment arrangements if you:

  • have been educated in a country where English is not the first language and you speak a language other than English at home; or
  • were born outside Australia; arrived in Australia up to 10 years prior to the date of application; and you speak a language other than English at home; or
  • were born in Australia but have lived permanently in a country where English is not the first language and you speak a language other than English at home;

As well as meeting one of the requirements above you must also:

  • be in your first 12 months of enrolment at a Australian tertiary institution and in either full-time or part-time study mode; and
  • demonstrate a mix of both linguistic and cultural factors, which disadvantage you in timed assessment tasks such as exams or tests conducted in English; and
  • have evidence that you are undertaking formal English language training courses or are engaged in activities that can improve your English language skills.

Applications will be assessed by the appropriate College Sub Dean on the basis of the teaching model, activities and assessment tasks involved in the course. Arrangements will be made on a case-by-case basis to assist you in completing your assessment. Please note that students who have studied more than 12 months (2 semesters) at a Australian tertiary institution are not eligible to apply for assessment arrangements.

 

Step 1 - Submit application

Your application should be submitted to the ANU College of Law before 10% of a teaching period has elapsed. Applications close at the end of week two of each semester. Please note you will need to submit an application for each semester you wish to have special assessment arrangements.

In the ANU College of Law, this policy applies to the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Juris Doctor programs. Students seeking to apply for concessions made under the above policy must demonstrate that they satisfy the criteria of the policy and that they engaged in a minimum of ten hours per half year in appropriate activities. Students must submit the online Application for Special Assessment Arrangements for Students from Language Backgrounds Other Than English form to the ANU College of Law Student Office.

 

Step 2 - Notification

You will be notified in writing by the ANU College of Law Student Administration Office once an outcome has been made by the appropriate College Sub Dean.

 

Step 3 - Submit an appeal

Appeals relating to special assessment may be made under the Undergraduate Award Rules and Graduate Coursework Award Rules (as appropriate).

If you are dissatisfied with the decision regarding your request for special assessment, you may appeal to the relevant College Associate Dean (Education) to review the decision. This appeal must be made in writing within 20 working days of the date of advice of the original decision.

You may appeal the decision of College Associate Dean (Education) to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) on procedural grounds only. This appeal must be made in writing within 20 working days of the date of advice of the decision by the College Associate Dean (Education).

Updated:  10 August 2015/Responsible Officer:  College General Manager, ANU College of Law/Page Contact:  Law Marketing Team