The role of language in discipline-specific knowledge and understanding

The role of language in discipline-specific knowledge and understanding

Bee Bond (Languages, Cultures and Societies)


Project overview

The 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.


Implications

Bee Bond has published a book on language and teaching practice.

Read the blog on ‘The long read: Inclusive teaching and learning for international students’.

Read the blog on ‘The importance of language for learning’.


If you want to find out more details about this fellowship or what the next steps were upon completion please read the executive summary (PDF) or contact Bee (B.Bond@leeds.ac.uk).