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VIRTUAL EVENT: Academic literacies and staff pedagogic development

20 May 2021, 4:00 pm–5:00 pm

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This talk will reflect on how to promote a deeper understanding of academic literacies among higher education (HE) faculty.

This event is free.

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Some recent approaches to enhancing students’ writing in higher education suggest moving towards a model in which writing specialists work alongside disciplinary specialists to embed developmental work on academic literacies into the curriculum. 

But what other opportunities might there be for promoting a deeper understanding of academic literacies among faculty who design and teach curricula in a range of disciplines?  

Drawing on her experience as an applied linguist working on a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCert HE), Dr Lazar will address the following questions:

  • What is meant by academic literacies in this context, and why is a focus on academic literacies useful and important in improving the broader pedagogic practices of all staff who teach?
  • What are the challenges of integrating a focus on academic literacies into pedagogic development for staff?
  • How can PGCert HE courses include such a focus? What types of approaches might be beneficial?

She will conclude by considering what implications such approaches might have more generally, both for writing units and educational developers in their work with faculty.

Academic Writing Seminar Series

Monthly seminar series where speakers present research and innovations in practice, and reflect on personal and institutional experiences of academic writing.


About the Speaker

Dr Gillian Lazar

Senior Lecturer at the Education Department, Middlesex University

Gillian is joint Programme Leader on the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCert HE) at Middlesex University and a Senior Fellow of Advance HE (SFHEA).

Prior to this, she was a Senior Lecturer in English for Academic Purposes/Academic Literacies, working with students across the disciplines.

Gillian has extensive experience as an applied linguist and practitioner. Her past books and publications have focused on the use of literature in language teaching, the teaching of figurative language and the development of students' academic writing in higher education.

Her current research interests focus on multilingualism in higher education, the development of academic teaching identity, and writing educational resources.