A step towards putting the students back into the academic language support model

  • Nena Lim School of Accounting, Curtin University, GPO Box U 1987, Perth 6845, Australia
  • Christine Elizabeth Symons
Keywords: discipline academic, language expert, integrated, support


A decrease in the level of communication skills of university graduates has been a rising concern of educators worldwide. Responses to these concerns have produced literature that focuses on the kinds of academic language support educators can provide while the role of students has been downplayed. Attempting to fill this gap, this paper describes a model that emphasises the active role of students in the academic language learning process. This paper describes how a discipline academic and a language expert designed an accounting information systems course with the aim of integrating academic language skills into the course to improve the academic literacy skills of students. Apart from describing the details of the integrated academic support, the paper provides useful suggestions to educators on how to provide similar types of support to their students effectively.

Author Biography

Christine Elizabeth Symons
Lecturer, Curtin Business School, Curtin University
How to Cite
LimN., & SymonsC. E. (2018). A step towards putting the students back into the academic language support model. Journal of Academic Language and Learning, 12(2), A39-A54. Retrieved from https://journal.aall.org.au/index.php/jall/article/view/425
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