Making Teaching and Learning Matter

Volume 11 of the series Explorations of Educational Purpose pp 171-193


Academic Discourse on a Multilingual Campus

  • Ann DavisonAffiliated withQueens College Email author 
  • , Eva M. FernándezAffiliated withQueens College
  • , Sue Lantz GoldhaberAffiliated withQueens College

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This chapter offers an overview of an initiative at Queens College designed to engage faculty in productive conversations about academic discourse as we understand and practice it. We begin with a general definition of academic discourse, followed by illustrations of the specific challenges that discourse conventions and technical language present to those outside the target community of practice. We then describe how faculty are working toward making academic discourse accessible to our students, many of whom are first-generation college students and speakers of languages other than English.