Publication Date: Nov 2007
RRP: $19.95
ISBN: 9780980361643
Format: Paperback
Size: 165mm x 245mm
Pages: 288
Category: Books

Learning Discourses and the Discourses of Learning

Edited by Helen Marriott, Tim Moore and Robyn Spence-Brown

Open Access

Learning Discourses and the Discourses of Learning is an edited collection of papers exploring issues of teaching and learning in academic settings. The key theme of the volume is ‘discourses’ – especially as these relate to institutional policies, disciplinary practices and students’ processes of learning in the academy. Particular attention is paid to the experiences of second-language students studying at Australian universities as well as those learning foreign languages in Australia.

Employing a variety of methodologies and theoretical perspectives, the papers in Learning Discourses are unified by a focus on rich and socially situated empirical data. The book addresses issues highly pertinent to the dynamic character of contemporary higher education in Australia, one dominated by trends towards the internationalisation and professionalisation of university programs, and the growing intercultural nature of social and academic interactions.

Part one covers issues of discourse and change, exploring processes of discourse acquisition and production in a range of disciplinary contexts, along with the nexus between academic and professional discourses.
Part two deals with broader issues of the participation and socialisation of students in second-language-use situations, ranging from macro (social planning and policy) issues to the micro (interpersonal) level.
Part three looks at the social mediation of foreign language learning covering a range of tertiary and secondary settings in Australia and has a particular focus on Japanese as a foreign language.

This book is intended for academics and students – postgraduate and undergraduate – working in foreign language programs, academic and language support programs, and applied linguistics.


  • Julie Bradshaw – Monash University
  • Patricia Duff – University of British Columbia
  • Kara Gilbert – Monash University
  • Brett Hough – Monash University
  • Rintaro Imafuku – Teikyo Heisei University, Japan
  • Masumi Kobayashi – University of Malaysia
  • Naomi Kurata – Monash University
  • Helen Marriott – Monash University
  • Yuko Masuda – Sophia University, Japan
  • Tim Moore – Monash University
  • Hiroyuki Nemoto – Kanazawa University , Japan
  • Jan Pinder – Monash University
  • Steve Price – Monash University
  • Akiko Ryumon – Monash University
  • Chiharu Shima – Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan
  • Robyn Spence-Brown – Monash University
  • Ayako Wakimoto– The Nara International Foundation, Japan
  • Louisa Willoughby – Monash University
  • Kuniko Yoshimitsu – Monash University

Helen Marriott

Helen Marriott is Associate Professor in the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics at Monash University. Her articles have appeared in journals including Current Issues in Language Planning, Nihongogaku and the Journal of Asian Pacific Communication.
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Tim Moore

Tim Moore is an Honorary Research Associate in the School of Language, Cultures and Linguistics at Monash University. His work has been published in Studies in Language Testing (Cambridge University Press, 2007) and in journals such as Arts and Humanities in Higher Education, Higher Education...
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Robyn Spence-Brown

Robyn Spence-Brown is Senior Lecturer at the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics at Monash University. She is the author of Authentic Assessment? The Implementation of an ‘Authentic’ Teaching and Assessment Task ( Hamburg: Peter Lang, forthcoming). She has also contributed to various...
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