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Developing Academic Literacy

Blue, George (ed.)

Developing Academic Literacy

Year of Publication: 2010

Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2010. X, 236 pp., num. tables and graphs
ISBN 978-3-03911-545-7 pb.  (Softcover)

Weight: 0.370 kg, 0.816 lbs

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Book synopsis

Academic literacy has always been a key underlying theme in English for academic purposes and practitioners and researchers in the field have always had one eye on its development in students. In recent years it has moved into the foreground and become a central field of study in its own right and the focus of a considerable amount of programme development and research. This was reflected in the fact that a conference focusing on Developing Academic Literacy was held by BALEAP (British Association of Lecturers in English for Academic Purposes) in Southampton in the spring of 2003. This volume consists of papers selected from the themes of that conference. The papers reflect areas of interest in issues in academic literacy, criticality and evaluative language, academic literacy in the disciplines and the use of technology in developing academic literacy.


Contents: George Blue: Developing Academic Literacy: Introduction – Christopher Brumfit: Literacy or Literacies? Academic Identities in a Language-Sharing World – Siân Preece: The Positioning of Learners and Educators in Discourses associated with Academic Literacy – Joan Turner: Supporting Academic Literacy: Issues of Proofreading and Language Proficiency – John Straker: The Use of Academic Vocabulary in the Coursework of International Students: Some Pedagogic Considerations – Fiona Cotton: Critical Thinking and Evaluative Language Use in Academic Writing: A Comparative Cross-Cultural Study – Bill Guariento/Esther Daborn: Putting ‘I’ in its Place: Using Academic Texts to Help Students Learn ‘How to Give Opinions’ – Diana Ridley: The PhD Literature Review: A Journey of Discovery – Julia Jeannet/Clare Wright: The Benefits of the Staged Approach to the Term Paper for Foundation Level Students – Bill Barton/Pip Neville-Barton: Literacy and Mathematics Learning – Steve Marshall/Simon Williams: Combining Process, Product and Genre on a Graduate EAP Writing Course ‘Outside of the Disciplines’ – Julie Hartill/David Lefevre: Developing Web-based Corpora for EAP – Karen Nicholls: The ‘Essay Literacy’ Gap, an Online Resource and a Usability Test – Lynn Errey: Getting Inside the Black Box: How do EAP Learners Begin to Think about Autonomy? – Alasdair Archibald: Patterns of Revision in First Language and Second Language Writing – Hilary Nesi: The Virtual Vocabulary Notebook: The Electronic Dictionary as Vocabulary Learning Tool.

About the author(s)/editor(s)

The Editor: George Blue was a Senior Lecturer and Head of Education in Modern Languages at the University of Southampton. He was the University’s first Lecturer in English for Overseas Students and served as Head of the English Language Section for many years, helping to establish Southampton as a major centre for English for Academic Purposes (EAP). He was a former Chair of the British Association of Lecturers in English for Academic Purposes (BALEAP) and of the Institute for English Language Teacher Development in Higher Education (IELTDHE).