Studies on the International Students' Adjustment Process to U.S. Writing Standards through Bourdieu

By:
Laura (Violeta) Colombo
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In this work I will apply Bourdieu's concepts in the analysis of research on international students' adjustment process to the U.S. academic writing standards. It is my purpose to determine whether or not studies on this field have taken into account the hierarchy and power relations in the academic field that influence the students' adjustment process. I will conclude that regardless scholars recognize the arbitrariness in academic writing standards and propose the explicit teaching of these conventions, these phenomenon remains being analyzed as a one-way process. By doing this, not only different voices but also different ways of approaching the social reality are muted. Further research is needed on how international students modify the academic community.


Keywords: Academic Writing, Discourse Communities, Academic Community, Graduate International Students
Stream: Nations, Nationalism, Communities
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
Paper: Studies on the International Students' Adjustment Process to U.S. Writing Standards through Bourdieu


Laura (Violeta) Colombo

Graduate Student - Spanish Teaching Assistant, Intercultural Communication Program Modern Languages and Linguistics Department , University of Maryland Baltimore County
USA

Laura Marina Colombo is an Argentine graduate student at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). She has a B. A in Education Sciences from the Universidad Abierta Interamericana, Buenos Aires, Argentina. She has taught EFL in Argentina at the elementary school level. Currently she is in her second semester of the INCC Master's program at UMBC. She also teaches a beginning Spanish course at UMBC. She is interested in academic writing, especially on the adjustment process that international students must go through in order to produce appropriate written texts in a foreign academic setting.

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