The role of language in discipline-specific knowledge and understanding

Bee Bond, Languages, Cultures and Societies

Bee Bond Book coverThe project explored the significant role language plays in shaping discipline-specific knowledge and understanding; smoothing international student transitions.

As the number of international students studying in the UK increases, particularly at taught post-graduate level, there is a concurrent increase in the need to consider the barriers to learning faced by this cohort of students.

Understandings of, and support in relation to, these barriers now need to be more nuanced and problematized, and to reach further than specialised international student offices or the provision of extra-curricular language support. Instead, they need to become embedded in core curricular practices.