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Community Colleges and First-Generation Students

Academic Discourse in the Writing Classroom

  • Authors

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Jan Osborn
    Pages 13-29
  3. Jan Osborn
    Pages 31-51
  4. Jan Osborn
    Pages 53-76
  5. Jan Osborn
    Pages 77-127
  6. Jan Osborn
    Pages 129-168
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 175-200

About this book


Community Colleges and First-Generation Students examines a community college writing classroom through ten students from diverse linguistic, ethnic, socio-economic, and national backgrounds. Students are introduced to a version of academic discourse that challenges their identities and visions of the future.


First-generation community college college writing academic discourse classroom discourse transfer community linguistics writing

About the authors

Jan Osborn is Assistant Professor in the Rhetoric and Writing Studies Program in the Department of English at Chapman University, USA.

Bibliographic information


“The book is addressed to scholars in the fields of academic discourse and academic writing, writing instructors, community college administrators, and those who are interested in academic discourse, community college education, education policy as well as education for social change. … A very complete, well-exemplified and detailed data analysis and a clear and accessible writing style make the book a successful example of a critical view of the academic writing classroom and an enticing invitation to reflection.” (Pamela Olmos-López, Discourse & Society, Vol. 28 (6), 2017)