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Developing and Assessing Academic and Professional Writing Skills


Edited By Susanne Göpferich and Imke Neumann

Academic literacy used to be considered a complex set of skills that develop automatically as a by-product of academic socialization. Since the Bologna Reform with its shorter degree programmes, however, it has been realized that these skills need to be fostered actively. Simultaneously, writing skills development at all levels of education has been faced with the challenge of increasingly multilingual and multicultural groups of pupils and students. This book addresses the questions of how both academic and professional writing skills can be fostered under these conditions and how the development of writing skills can be measured.
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Sandra Ballweg is a lecturer in German as a Foreign Language at the Uni- versity of Bielefeld, Germany. Her research interests lie in the field of second language acquisition and multilingualism and focus primarily on multilin- gual identities, portfolios and foreign language writing. Sabine Dengscherz is a lecturer at the Centre for Translation Studies and at the Department of German of the University of Vienna, Austria. Her main fields of research comprise multilingualism, German as a Foreign/Second Language, contrastive linguistics, writing process research and individual writing strategies, which she explores in her ProSimS project (http://pros- funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF). Susanne Göpferich is Professor of Applied Linguistics at the Department of English and Director of the Centre for Competence Development (ZfbK) at Justus Liebig University, Giessen, Germany. Her main fields of research comprise translation and writing process research, translation didactics, writing competence development, LSP research, comprehensibility research, text linguistics and technical communication (http://www.susanne-goep- Magnus Gustafsson is Associate Professor at the Department of Applied IT and Head of the Division for Language and Communication at Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden. His teaching focuses on academic writing for PhD students and faculty training. His main fields of research are formative and peer assessment, writing to learn, and integrat- ing content and language in higher education. Joachim Hoefele is professor at the Department of Applied Linguistics of the Zurich University of Applied Sciences in Winterthur, Switzerland, and head of the section ‘Research and Development in...

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