A critical evaluation of in-house academic writing materials in two Australian Universities
Howard, Natalie (2015) A critical evaluation of in-house academic writing materials in two Australian Universities. [Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)]
With ever increasing numbers of international students undertaking tertiary study at Australian universities, the need for EAP pathway programmes continues to grow. As a result, universities must provide materials that are effective in improving students’ academic skills, many of which have an emphasis on writing. This investigation aims to provide an evaluation of in-house, academic writing materials on EAP pathway programmes at two Australian universities through a qualitative in-depth evaluation, observations of materials in use and focus group interviews with teachers. The findings highlight areas of strength and weakness in both sets of materials, and find that despite the potential advantages of using in-house materials, both universities would benefit from a more systematic process of on-going materials evaluation and development, which could be informed by knowledge of teachers’ motivations for adaptation.
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