Studies on the International Students' Adjustment Process to U.S. Writing Standards through Bourdieu
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
Laura (Violeta) Colombo
Graduate Student - Spanish Teaching Assistant, Intercultural Communication Program Modern Languages and Linguistics Department , University of Maryland Baltimore County