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Developing Academic Literacy

Edited By George M. Blue

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.

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George Blue Developing Academic Literacy: Introduction 1 Part 1 Issues in Academic Literacy 11 Christopher Brumfit Literacy or Literacies? Academic Identities in a Language-Sharing World 13 Siân Preece The Positioning of Learners and Educators in Discourses associated with Academic Literacy 25 Joan Turner Supporting Academic Literacy: Issues of Proofreading and Language Proficiency 39 John Straker The Use of Academic Vocabulary in the Coursework of International Students: Some Pedagogic Considerations 53 Part 2 Criticality and Evaluative Language 71 Fiona Cotton Critical Thinking and Evaluative Language Use in Academic Writing: A Comparative Cross-Cultural Study 73 viii Bill Guariento and Esther Daborn Putting ‘I’ in its Place: Using Academic Texts to Help Students Learn ‘How to Give Opinions’ 87 Diana Ridley The PhD Literature Review: A Journey of Discovery 101 Julia Jeannet and Clare Wright The Benefits of the Staged Approach to the Term Paper for Foundation Level Students 113 Part 3 Academic Literacy in the Disciplines 125 Bill Barton and Pip Neville-Barton Literacy and Mathematics Learning 127 Steve Marshall and Simon Williams Combining Process, Product and Genre on a Graduate EAP Writing Course ‘Outside of the Disciplines’ 143 Julie Hartill and David Lefevre Developing Web-based Corpora for EAP 155 Part 4 The Use of Technology in Developing Academic Literacy 169 Karen Nicholls The ‘Essay Literacy’ Gap, an Online Resource and a Usability Test 171 Lynn Errey Getting Inside the Black Box: How do EAP Learners Begin to Think about Autonomy? 181 ix Alasdair Archibald Patterns of Revision in First Language and...

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