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Fife, Jane – Across the Disciplines, 2018
Effectively constructing a confident authorial stance and framing one's argument in the context of the ongoing scholarly conversation are important skills for writers to acquire as they gain expertise writing in an academic discipline. Construction of an effective authorial stance is complicated by conventions of avoiding first-person pronouns in…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, English for Academic Purposes, Writing Instruction, Form Classes (Languages)
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Romero, Yasmine; Shivers-McNair, Ann – Across the Disciplines, 2018
Student conceptions of internationalization directly impact how multilingual students, both international and domestic, engage course content within the WAC/WID classroom. For example, a student who majors in English literature may define internationalization as recreating political power, while a student who majors in business may consider…
Descriptors: Writing Instruction, Undergraduate Students, Discourse Analysis, Multilingualism
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Boettger, Ryan K. – Across the Disciplines, 2016
Understanding the linguistic and rhetorical patterns of an academic discipline strengthens students' abilities to write in professional settings. Data-driven learning and corpus-linguistic methods can increase this understanding and should be considered valuable contributors to any writing curriculum. In this paper, I present a case history on…
Descriptors: Editing, Technical Writing, Writing Instruction, Case Studies
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Douglas, Jennifer – Across the Disciplines, 2015
Graduate students face a fundamental change in identity when transitioning from undergraduate writers to graduate writers. In their new role as graduate writers and researchers, they must move from consuming knowledge to producing knowledge through their writing. Often, they must learn new genres of writing, new disciplinary conventions, and new…
Descriptors: English for Academic Purposes, Graduate Students, Authors, Rhetoric
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Freedman, Leora – Across the Disciplines, 2013
A reading-writing initiative began in 2011-12 at the University of Toronto as a partnership between an East Asian Studies (EAS) department and an English Language Learning (ELL) Program. In this institution, students are expected to enter into scholarly discussions in their first year essays, yet many (both native English speakers and non-native…
Descriptors: Reading Writing Relationship, Foreign Countries, Asian Studies, English (Second Language)
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Patton, Martha Davis – Across the Disciplines, 2011
Given complaints about preparation of international students for their writing-intensive courses, a director of first-year writing and an undergraduate researcher at a Midwestern research university conducted a needs assessment based on Kaufman's model. Instruments used included a survey, interviews, and analysis of commentary on sample papers.…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Foreign Students, Models, Interviews
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Jordan, Jay; Kedrowicz, April – Across the Disciplines, 2011
International graduate students often face significant challenges with academic writing. These challenges create uncertainty about faculty members' roles as teachers of discipline-specific writing, especially in relation to the roles of writing specialists in other academic units. This qualitative case study explored faculty members' attitudes…
Descriptors: Engineering, Engineering Education, College Faculty, Graduate Students
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Ferris, Dana; Thaiss, Chris – Across the Disciplines, 2011
The University of California has struggled for many years to build fair and workable policies and programs to develop the English literacy of its highly diverse student population. Considering past, present, and future, this essay describes how the UC's largest campus, UC Davis, with 50% of its 33,000 students L2 writers, has built a network of…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Writing Instruction, Networks
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Fortanet-Gómez, Immaculada – Across the Disciplines, 2011
After the harmonization process carried out in Spanish higher education following the Bologna Declaration, many universities have decided to introduce English as the language of instruction for some studies. From 2010, the new study programmes have been implemented, and there is an urgency to define what is meant by "teaching in…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Language of Instruction, Course Content