Developing discipline-specific academic writing skills of Hong Kong ESL learners

Zhichang Xu, Lixun Wang, Pui Man Jennie Wong, Matthew DeCoursey

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In this paper, we shall explore academic writing in the framework of academic literacy development among Hong Kong university ESL learners of language and education programs. We shall also discuss discipline-specific academic writing in terms of the continuum comprising academic writing in science, social science and humanities and the implications for developing academic writing skills of Hong Kong ESL learners. In particular, we shall discuss in detail a number of issues regarding
academic writing in the disciplines of language and education.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)211-218
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of the Humanities
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Academic writing
  • Discipline-specific
  • English writing

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