Academic Discourse on a Multilingual Campus

  • Ann DavisonEmail author
  • Eva M. Fernández
  • Sue Lantz Goldhaber
Part of the Explorations of Educational Purpose book series (EXEP, volume 11)


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.


English Language Learner Academic Discourse Discourse Community Queen College Nonnative Speaker 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ann Davison
    • 1
    Email author
  • Eva M. Fernández
    • 1
  • Sue Lantz Goldhaber
    • 1
  1. 1.Queens CollegeFlushingUSA

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