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Student engagement, retention and success are central to the university context, and an integrated, collaborative partnership between a university program and an academic advising service can be pivotal in facilitating positive student outcomes and a successful university experience. While there is some international research that examines the effect of course-based academic interventions, there is little evidence that measures the impact of individual advising on students’ writing performance o...
It is consistently reported in the literature that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students have much lower rates of access, retention and completion in higher education compared to non-Indigenous students. Seemingly bucking this trend, Bond University has experienced retention and completion rates above national averages amongst its Indigenous students. One of the identified factors contributing to the success of Indigenous students at the University has been the supplementary tuition in ...
The diversity of people accessing university and the variety of modes to deliver learning requires innovative ways to support students. Resilience has been identified as being important to help overcome difficulties students often face as they adapt to their new academic cultural environment. To enhance resilience in undergraduates requires considered strategies. These include clear curriculum support and cooperation across various sectors of a tertiary organisation. Resilience supports are dist...
Online technology has been advocated as a means of providing students with the grammatical support needed to succeed in higher education without compromising the mission of university Academic Learning Centres (ALCs). Recent research into automated feedback technology in Australian tertiary institutions has focused on the grammar checker, Grammarly. This study builds on O’Neill and Russell’s (2019) analysis of student perceptions’ of Grammarly at one multi-campus Australian university by evaluat...
The Academic Word List (AWL) (Coxhead, 2000) is widely used by educators providing Academic Language and Learning (ALL) development in tertiary education settings. The AWL, though, has been criticised for failing to take sufficient account of disciplinary variation, and for relying on the archaic General Service List (West, 1953). This study, therefore, describes the process of using readily available online resources to develop an academic word list that is subject-specific, and based on the Ne...
This paper examines the use of an experimental online post-entry language assessment (PELA) tool during the first year of an undergraduate Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) course provided by an Australian university. The research was conducted in response to English language teaching staff, subject lecturers, and the Australian Universities Quality Agency (AUQA) expressing concern that students were engaging with the ICT course without appropriate English language proficiency. Th...
The requirement for second-language graduate students to publish in English demands a pedagogical response. Where those graduate students are using English as a second language, the focus has been on addressing presumed language deficiencies rather than developing the act of writing. This paper reports on an intervention that we led in a Japanese research university with graduate students aimed at developing writing practice that would support academic publication in English. We report here on t...
This book, edited by Nicola Rolls, Senior Lecturer at Charles Darwin University (Australia), Andrew Northedge and Ellie Chambers, Emeritus Professors at the Open University (UK), suggests practical tips founded on solid theoretical issues aimed at equipping university teachers with transferable skills to enable them to face a multitude of challenges in current diverse university contexts. Throughout the book, there is a strong emphasis on the important underlying role of language and communicati...
Evaluation is inherent in academic discourse and fundamental to shaping college students’ critical thinking and ability to assess the status of discipline-specific information. The current study focused on the use of evaluative adjectives in native English speaking (L1) and English as a second language (L2) college student academic presentations (N = 40). The goal was to find out how the two groups of presenters compared on their frequency, referential choices, variability of evaluative adjectiv...
This paper reports on the experience of transforming the face-to-face workshop ‘Writing a Literature Review’ (WLR) into an online version. This genre-based pedagogy workshop guides HDR students through the process of finding, synthesising and evaluating sources and structuring this content effectively to build a coherent argument. The paper focuses on the pedagogical and technological challenges and opportunities arising from this process from the perspective of an experienced academic literacy ...
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