Academic Literacies

The world of communication in educational settings often creates barriers.  For some, these may be related to language, but for nearly all new students, the unfamiliar language of their academic discipline creates a challenge.

In addition to delivering academic writing workshops and supporting students 1:1, the frameworks of Academic Literacies (c.f. Lea and Street, 1998) and Systemic Functional Linguistics inform my thinking that targeted, discipline-specific writing instruction is an effective way to support students in their introduction to academic communication. As Lea and Street note, for many students, the difficulties experienced in early academic writing attempts come from a gap between instructor expectations and student understandings.

In the past two years, I have applied this thinking in two discipline-specific writing pilot initiatives at KPU.

Writing in Biology

Writing in Business

After a one-semester pilot project, collaborating with three business instructors to support their international students in writing assignments, I presented my work and initial reflections in this portfolio.