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Academic Literacies


The Academic Literacies Group is concerned with enhancing the pedagogic response which higher education institutions make to the needs of all their students. Building on work done by the Academic Literacies movement, pioneered by the late Brian Street and Mary Lea, Genre informed academic writing instruction, and English as an Additional Language, the group’s research focuses on the development and evaluation of learning and teaching approaches that will contribute to teaching and learning both at KCL and in other Higher Education settings.

Members of the group have been engaged in developing online materials and embedded writing instruction for undergraduate and postgraduate students, which are used in several disciplines at KCL. Group members have also been working in liaison with colleagues at Queen Mary College in London on a ‘Thinking Writing’ project that offers integrated support on student writing in the disciplines. In addition, the Group has been involved in running a Widening Participation programme for AS-level students (Year 12) from linguistic minority community backgrounds who would like to further their studies at university. The work on this programme has drawn upon the academic literacies and situated learning approaches that the Group is developing for HE.

Please click here for information on the Language in Higher Education Research Group.

Staff contributors:
Constant LeungChristopher Tribble, Ursula Wingate

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