English Second Language (ESL) students as new members of a community of practice: Some thoughts for learning and assessment

Ruksana Osman, Kate Cockcroft, Anisa Kajee


This article reports on English second language (ESL) students’ experiences of academic writing in a university setting. It draws on the notion of community of practice to explain that it is not sufficient for academic literacy courses to concern themselves only with the questions relating to the development of student academic literacy. Rather they should also be concerned with how students learn in social contexts and what knowledge is included and what knowledge is excluded. Such an orientation is vital because academic writing in the context of the university is more than just the ability to read and write, it is often the basis for the evaluation of students and, as such, becomes a powerful gatekeeper.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5785/24-1-36


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