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dc.contributor.authorRomova, Zina
dc.contributor.authorAndrew, Martin B.
dc.description.abstractHow can first year, tertiary-level EAL academic writing programmes for adult learners use both portfolio assessment and emerging understandings about the importance of discourse community and imagined communities to target participant needs? This paper considers the value of portfolios as sites for practising membership of future imagined communities (Anderson, 1983; Kanno & Norton, 2003). Portfolios can achieve this through reproducing texts similar to the authentic artefacts of those discourse communities (Flowerdew, 2000; Hyland, 2003, 2005). Teaching and learning via portfolio involves multi-drafting, where learners reflect on the learning of a text type characteristic of students’ future imagined communities. We begin with Hamp-Lyons and Condon’s belief (2000) that portfolios “critically engage students and teachers in continual discussion, analysis and evaluation of their processes and progress as writers, as reflected in multiple written products” (p.15) and outline a situated pedagogical approach, where students report on their improvement across three portfolio drafts and assess their learning reflectively. This approach is compatible with established research into the value of genre as a way of socialising learners to future discourse communities. A multicultural group of 41 learners enrolled in the degree-level course Academic Writing (AW) at a tertiary institution in New Zealand took part in a study reflecting on this approach to building awareness of one’s own writing. Focus group interviews with a researcher at the final stage of the programme provided qualitative data, transcribed and analysed using textual analysis methods (Ryan and Bernard, 2003). One of the key benefits identified was that the chance to produce and reproduce texts perceived as useful to the students’ immediate futures was reflected in the overall value of the portfolio-focussed academic writing programme.en_NZ
dc.publisherTertiary Writing Networken_NZ
dc.rightsAll rights reserveden_NZ
dc.subjectacademic writingen_NZ
dc.subjectadult learnersen_NZ
dc.subjectqualitative researchen_NZ
dc.titleLearning and assessing for future imagined communities: Academic writing texts within portfoliosen_NZ
dc.typeConference Contribution - Paper in Published Proceedingsen_NZ
dc.rights.holderZina Romova and Martin Andrewen_NZ
dc.subject.marsden130207 LOTE, ESL and TESOL Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. Māori)en_NZ
dc.identifier.bibliographicCitationRomova, Z., & Andrew, M. (2010). Learning and assessing for future imagined communities: Academic writing texts within portfolios. In Proceedings of the 2010 Tertiary Writing Network Colloquium. Available from
unitec.institutionUnitec Institute of Technologyen_NZ
unitec.institutionSwinburne University of Technologyen_NZ
unitec.publication.titleProceedings of the 2010 Tertiary Writing Network Colloquiumen_NZ
unitec.conference.title2010 Tertiary Writing Network Colloquiumen_NZ
unitec.conference.orgTertiary Writing Networken_NZ
dc.contributor.affiliationUnitec Institute of Technologyen_NZ
dc.contributor.affiliationSwinburne University of Technologyen_NZ
unitec.institution.studyareaLanguage Studies

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