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Digital literacy in English for Academic Purposes university pathway programs
(2016)
  • Thomas Roche
Abstract
English language pathway programs play an important role in the higher education sector preparing an increasing number of international English as Additional Language (EAL) students for English-medium university degree programs. These English for Academic Purposes (EAP) pathway programs vary in how they conceptualise Academic English Language Proficiency (AELP) and operationalise EAP in their program design and delivery. This research aims to develop a better understanding of undergraduate EAL students’ (N=125) academic experience at an Australian university through contrasting the difficulties of students who have entered university via a university EAP pathway program with an explicit focus on digital literacy skills, with students who entered via an alternate pathway without explicit digital literacy tuition. We explore how embedding digital literacy skills in an EAP program impacts on students’ performance in and perception of difficulties in subsequent undergraduate study. The study finds that students who enter via an EAP pathway with an explicit digital literacy focus, report a better understanding of academic integrity issues, course requirements and less difficulty accessing course content. As a result of which, we argue for a re-conceptualisation of AELP in EAP programs to include an explicit digital literacy component.
Keywords
  • EAP,
  • Digital Literacy,
  • University Pathway,
  • International Education,
  • English-medium Instruction,
  • Higher Education,
  • International Students
Publication Date
2016
Citation Information
Thomas Roche. "Digital literacy in English for Academic Purposes university pathway programs" (2016)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/thomas_roche/31/