Learner identity: managing transitions

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Preparing our learners for studies in academic contexts is a key competence of the EAP practitioner. It entails among other things understanding learner identity and facilitating transitions into the academy. But what do we understand by ‘learner identity’? How do we deal with transitions across levels of study, disciplines, genres, geographical and cultural borders? What does the requirement to facilitate a large number of crossings and development of multiple identities mean for the EAP practitioner and student? Should we always be encouraging learners to manage transitions? Sessions included: •Facilitating transitions (between levels and/or contexts of study; into and beyond academic study) •Negotiating multiple identities: interdisciplinary, professional and private •Developing an academic identity and voice when engaging in academic discourse •Developing discipline-specific identities •Managing and negotiating identity in technology-enhanced environments •Learners’ perceptions: conforming, confronting, and adapting to new identities/roles •Approaching research on learner identity
Period12 Nov 2016
Event typeConference
LocationGlasgow, United KingdomShow on map