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Academic Language and Learning in an Australian Context

  • Anne Swan
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Part of the International Perspectives on English Language Teaching book series (INPELT)

Abstract

Chapter  11, by Anne Swan, explores current attitudes regarding critical pedagogies developed for English language programs for international students in Australian universities. The discomfort with their learning situations expressed by two international students is the springboard for an analysis of the current Australian situation with regard to how students from diverse learning cultures are understood when they reach Australia. Local ignorance of these cultures, sometimes giving rise to deficit discourses, is seen to contribute to frustrations among both educators and learners. However, awareness of the issues involved is growing, as interviews conducted with local Academic Language and Learning (ALL) educators reveal. A major concern of both students and educators includes institutional attitudes to academic writing and how these can negatively influence cultural understanding and acceptance.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anne Swan
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  1. 1.Canterbury Christ Church UniversityCanterburyUK

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