Giving Voice to the Citizen Scholar: Generating Critical Thinking by Combining Traditional and Non-Traditional Genres in a First-Year English Course

  • Kerryn Dixon
  • Belinda Mendelowitz
Part of the Palgrave Critical University Studies book series (PCU)


In South Africa, students come to university from a variety of different cultural and linguistic backgrounds. Often, English is not a first language, and students experience challenges when entering an English academic setting. This chapter explores the issue and describes how we adapted our first-year course to enable our multilingual and multicultural students cross the boundaries between home, school and university. By doing so, we reinforced various graduate attributes associated with the Citizen Scholar outlined by Arvanitakis and Hornsby in this book.


Linguistic Diversity Language Variety Academic Writing English Teaching Linguistic Identity 
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