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Action Research Study: Exploring the Teaching of English and Academic Writing as a Social Practice in a British Malaysian University

Abraham, Alison (2016) Action Research Study: Exploring the Teaching of English and Academic Writing as a Social Practice in a British Malaysian University. PhD thesis, Victoria University.

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Abstract

English Language teaching in post-colonial university settings poses a range of challenges for the teacher as well as students. The main focus of this thesis is to analyse and improve English for Academic Purposes (EAP) in a Malaysian university setting. Drawing on Lea and Street’s work in particular, an Academic Literacies (AL) perspective is employed to capture the complexities of teaching and learning academic writing within and beyond an English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) classroom. While providing a sound theoretical rationale, the AL perspective does not help with the practical aspects of teaching. Kumaravadivelu’s Post-Method Pedagogy (PMP) is enlisted to guide a teacher with teaching principles. Three PMP teaching principles are collapsed and adapted from an original list of ten to activate three AL conditions: negotiated interaction to reduce power-relational mismatches, the promoting of learner autonomy to improve knowledge conditions, and ensuring relevant culture and contexts in understanding socio-cultural conditions.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD thesis)
Uncontrolled Keywords: TESOL, Malaysia, higher education, power conditions, social aspects, culture, socio-cultural conditions, power relations, knowledge conditions, literacy, academic preparation, academic study skills
Subjects: FOR Classification > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy
FOR Classification > 1701 Psychology
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > College of Education
Depositing User: VU Library
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2017 05:25
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2017 05:25
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/34108
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