Mrs Julie Watson

Dip Ed (UTS) Master TESOL (CSU)
Academic Skills Advisor (on leave until January 2021)

Julie has academic qualifications in Education (University of Technology Sydney) and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (Charles Sturt University).  Since moving to Canberra in 2002 Julie has worked at Canberra Grammar School, specialising in teaching children with reading difficulties. 

In the Fenner School Julie assists students to develop skills in academic reading and writing, and in giving presentations. She conducts classes and workshops focusing on academic skills and language development. In addition Julie holds individual consultations with students in relation to their academic work.

Julie has a particular interest in helping students to develop effective professional communication skills in academic settings, particularly through writing. She encourages students to express themselves effectively and to develop confidence and independence in their academic work.

I am able to assist you in the following ways:

  • By providing a weekly practical 1-hour Academic Skills workshop
  • By providing a weekly 1-hour workshop on Language Development
  • For those who attend the classes above (and for students who are unable to attend due to a timetable clash), I am able to read drafts of your assignments before you submit them to the lecturer and give you feedback on structure, coherence, language, grammar, referencing and presentation issues. Please give me the draft at least 48 hours before you wish to receive feedback.
  • By discussing any aspects of your academic work that are worrying you. Please see below for how to make an appointment to see me if you need specific help.

As Academic Skills Advisor at FSES, I assist both international and Australian students doing coursework and research in FSES, with academic writing, presentations and related aspects of their studies.

My office hours are 8.30 am to 3.30 pm, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (I do not work on Tuesdays).

Undergraduate, Honours, Postgraduate coursework and Higher Degree Research students enrolled in an ENVS course can book an appointment with the Academic Skills Advisor for an individual consultation about their academic writing and skills development. Students who are unable to secure an appointment via this portal are encouraged to contact the Academic Skills Advisor directly to seek advice about the possibility of an out of session appointment.

All appointments are 30 minutes in duration and are available in the following blocks during each week of the teaching semesters:

  • Monday 10:00-12:00
  • Wednesday 14:00-16:00
  • Thursday 14:00-16:00

Click here to make an appointment.