Multilingual Classrooms

Learning, Teaching and Assessment

The majority of students within the Business School are international and/or multilingual, and in these multilingual classrooms, both Home and International students are experiencing the benefits and limitations of their own variety of English. Students face a challenging task; communicating in a way that Business Management staff value is essential to their success. But what are the academic literacies that matter to staff in Business Management? How are we currently helping our students to acquire these new literacies? Could we be providing these opportunities more effectively and efficiently? The aim of our project is to answer these questions and, on the basis of these answers, create resources to fill gaps in our provision, bringing staff and students together to adapt to new approaches to learning

What are academic literacies?

When a student enters university, the way they are required to speak and write is different from the ways in which they communicate in other environments. Within universities, both UK and International students are tasked with becoming fluent in new forms of discourse - these are known as academic literacies and refer to a student’s ability to communicate in an appropriate way within different academic disciplines such as Business Management, Sports Studies, Linguistics etc. Each discipline requires a different set of skills, and the aim of this project is to identify the skills required for academic success within Business Management with a view to providing tailored, targeted support for students in these key areas.

Research Questions

Research Question 1: How are we currently supporting our students, both Home and International, to acquire these new academic literacies? Could we be providing these opportunities more effectively and efficiently? What are the gaps in our provision?

Research Question 2: What are the ways of writing and talking that are valued in the academic discipline of Business Management? Where opportunities for students to develop are currently insufficient, which materials and approaches could strengthen this provision?

The project team includes a group of dedicated Student Researchers successfully recruited from within the Business School - Theresa Chu, Blanca Gracia Riquelme, Fathima Nauzar and Mark Mattinson. The student researchers recently presented the preliminary findings of the project at the Undergraduate Research Conference in poster form, which will soon be made available for visitors to this page.

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