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Title: A Student Perspective on Academic Literacy
Author(s): DE RYCKE, Ine
Journal: ITL - International Journal of Applied Linguistics
Volume: 159 Date: 2010
Becoming academically literate involves two main parties: teaching staff and students. Previous research (Belcher, 1994; Cotton, 2004; Van de Poel & Brunfaut, 2004) has indicated that a discrepancy exists between the interpretations of and expectations about academic literacy of teaching staff on the one hand and students on the other. The different interpretations of academic literacy and the lived experiences of both parties need to be identified before the existing discrepancy between the concept as used by teaching staff and students can be narrowed or even bridged. This article is based on the results of a study conducted at the University of Antwerp in 2009. It aims to shed light on the students’ interpretation of academic literacy and integrate the student perspective in a definition of academic literacy.