Encyclopedia of Language and Education

2008 Edition
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Academic Discourse Socialization in a Second Language

  • Naoko Morita
  • Masaki Kobayashi
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-30424-3_210


This chapter addresses an emerging area of research in applied linguistics that concerns the academic discourse socialization of university students in mainstream content areas or disciplines. Much of the earlier work on disciplinary socialization surrounded discussions about what academic discourse is and how students should be taught academic discourse or literacy (e.g., Bartholomoe, 1986; Elbow, 1991). This body of work tended to focus on students learning academic literacy—particularly composition skills—in their first language (L1), most often English. However, as the student population of postsecondary institutions in North America and other parts of the world grows increasingly multicultural and multilingual, recent work has started to deal with “nontraditional” students who need to acquire academic literacies in their second language (L2). The focus of this review therefore is recent literature on L2 academic discourse socialization. While much work has been done...


Academic Community Academic Discourse Disciplinary Practice Language Socialization Complex Negotiation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Naoko Morita
    • 1
  • Masaki Kobayashi
    • 2
  1. 1.Vancouver BCCanada V5Y 1Z7
  2. 2.Department of English/1‐4‐1 WakabaKanda University of International StudiesChiba‐shi, Chiba‐kenJapan 261‐0014