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Paraphrase for Academic Honesty

by Carla Mannix | 27 Nov 2017
Resource Description:

In this unit, international students explore the concept of academic honesty in the USA and then practice paraphrasing in order to avoid plagiarism. The unit can be divided into separate lessons. The notes under each slide describe the focus and activity. Students start by describing their experience and feelings about using expert sources in academic writing. Then students analyze examples of effective and ineffective paraphrases using a checklist. The handout provides ​two kinds of practice.  Part 1 helps ​students recognize effective and ineffective paraphrases. Part 2 provides three advanced passages for students to practice creating original paraphrases.  

Audience: Adult, University
Audience Language Proficiency: Advanced, Intermediate
Duration: 1.5 hours
Language Skill: Writing
Content Area:

English for academic purposes, using research in writing


Students will be able to:

1. Describe differences in how references to expert sources are used in their home country versus in the USA.

2. Define plagiarism in the context of intellectual property

3. Use a checklist to assess the quality of a given paraphrase

4. State why a given paraphrase is effective or ineffective.

Procedure: See the notes under each slide for instructions.

Canagarajah, A.S. (2002). Critical Academic Writing and Multilingual Students. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

Pecorari, D. & Bojana, P. (2014). Plagiarism in second-language writing. Language Teacher 47.3. 269-302. doi: 10.1017/S0261444814000056.

Plagiarism: Sharing or Stealing Information: Cultural Perspectives. West Chester University. Retrieved from

Useful Links:

Using evidence: paraphrase. Walden University. Retrieved from

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TESOL Interest Section: Second Language Writing