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ERIC Number: EJ1129016
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0005-3503
Lost in Transition? Perspectives on the Transition to University Language Learning
Stott, Carolyn; Fielding, Ruth
Babel, v49 n3 p14-25 2014
There is sometimes an assumption among language educators that students find the transition from school to university language learning a challenging process (see for example Busse & Walter, 2011; Chambers, 2014; Macaro & Wingate, 2004). In this research we set out to explore this assumption through a small-scale study of first-year language learners in one tertiary setting. The findings indicate that for many students the transition is smoother than anticipated and contrary to the assertions in some prior literature in this area. The differences between the secondary and tertiary sectors are undoubtedly significant. By acknowledging these differences, focussing on strategies to facilitate students' transition and suggesting ways to improve communication between secondary and tertiary sectors, this research highlights ways to facilitate successful language learning transition from the secondary to the tertiary sector.
Australian Federation of Modern Language Teachers Associations. Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia. Tel: +61-29351-2022; e-mail:; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia
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