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Developing Academic Literacy

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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academic competence, definition 181 academic culture, 2 see also cultural knowledge ef fects of new technologies 15–17, 18–19 socialisation discourses 28–31 academic identities 15–18 and multilingualism 35 academic integrity 48, 119 academic literacy definition 1–2, 33 development of autonomy 181–93 expert language 81, 88–90t, 93–6 importance of essays 172 teaching methods see teaching methods transferability of skills 147 see also discourse; language proficiency academic standards, maintenance of 120, 171–2 Academic Word List (AWL) 54–68 role in curriculum development 68 accessibility, online resources 175–6 ‘adjunct model’ of instruction 114–15 Adler J 130 Af fect (Appraisal Framework) 76, 80, 82 agency 92 Allwright D 182, 185 American Heritage Chinese–English Dictionary 221, 222 American International University in London 114–23 anaphoric nouns (A-nouns) 60–6 annotation of entries (electronic dictionaries) 214–25 Appraisal Framework (AF) 76–7 Appreciation (Appraisal Framework) 76 Archibald A 8, 197 assessment 128, 129 and academic standards 120, 171–2 peer/self-evaluation 149, 151 term papers 119–20, 122 Aston G 156 authentic materials 93, 96–7, 117, 160, 162–3, 164 author’s voice 88–90, 93–6, 204–5 autonomy 2, 181–93 definition 116, 181–2 awareness (language awareness) 159, 160 AWL (Academic Word List) 54–68 Badger R 144, 145, 147 Ball S 27–8 Barenboim D 18 Barton B 6, 140 Bauman J 54 Baxter J 26 Becher T 102 Benwell B 32 Bergh H van den 196–7, 204 Berkenkotter C 102...

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