Teaching strategies.

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"I think language is the most important thing… you have to speak English well, and write English well."

Ting Lu
Student, School of Law
Students working in a second language.

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Developing writing skills considers how students learn to write academically at university. Traditionally there have been three approaches in doing so (Lea and Street (1997i) in Lea and Street 1998:2ii): The writing "skills" model, the socialisation approach and the academic literacies model. In related work, Murray and Moore (2006:54-69iii) argue that disciplinarity, a central feature of academia, needs to be accessed by students who must distinguish between the different rhetorical components that separate one discipline from another, if they wish to make a meaningful contribution to any discipline. The key to doing so is to analyse the published writing associated with such areas which can reveal the unique features of a particular discipline. Clearly university academics have an important role in assisting students to access the academic literacies in which students seek to become expert.
(Developing writing skills)

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Teaching strategies themes

"We discover, as a group, what the function of each section of the article is, so the abstract, methods results…"


"Learning how to write is not something you can just get in a one hour session, it involves a huge amount of practice."


"I'm particularly mindful of the difficulty of getting everybody to participate in a way they're comfortable with…"

Nicola Pitchford
School of Psychology
Reading academic papers: participation in tutorials

Rebecca Moor
School of Law
Learning academic writing and skills of argument

David Clarke
School of Psychology
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