Here are some sources that I have found useful in my own research on the
positionalities of cross-cultural students in North American discourse
communities. Your student may have heard of or read some of them.
Connor, Ulla. Contrastive Rhetoric: Cross-Cultural Aspects of
Second-Language Writing. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
Pennycook, Alastair. English and Discourses of Colonialism. London:
Zamel, Vivian, and Ruth Spack. "Negotiating Academic Literacies: Teaching
and Learning Across Languages and Cultures" New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum
Giltrow, J., & E. Calhoun. "The Culture of Power: ESL Traditions, Mayan
Resistance." Social-Political Aspects of ESL. Eds. Burnaby and Cummin. 1992.
Pierce, Bonny Norton. "Social Identity, Investment, and Language Learning"
TESOL Quarterly, Vol. 29. No. 1, 1995: 9-31.
Shen, Fan. "The Classroom and the Wider Culture" College Composition and
Communication. 40, N0. 4. 1989: 459-466.
Spack, Ruth. "The Rhetorical Construction of Multicultural Students" TESOL
Quarterly, 31 (4), 1997: 765-74.
Zamel, Vivian. "Toward a Model of Transculturation." TESOL Quarterly. Vol.
312, No.2, 1997: 341-358.
Zamel, Vivian. "Strangers in Academia" College Composition and
Communication" 46, 1995: 506-521.
Lu, Min-zhan. "From Silence to Words: Writing as Struggle." College
English. Vol. 49, No.4, 1987.
And I also find many articles on new-rhetorical genre theory helpful, not
that they directly address the issue of academic literacy of international
students as the above sources more or less do, but the concept of "social
action" is very liberating. It opens the door for so many different ways of
thinking about writing in various contexts, and it certainly sheds light on
"enculturation" that your student is interested in.
I'm sure there are other sources that have slipped my memory for the
moment, I'll pass them along if they come back. And I'm also waiting to see
others' suggestions - this is helpful!
At 11:44 AM 4/26/02 -0400, you wrote:
>I have a grad student who is undertaking a small research project on "The
problems that intenational students encounter in communicating effectively
in a North-American post-secondary educational system." He himself is
Chinese and he will be interviewing a few other international students at
our university about the communication problems they have faced and
strategies they have used in their academic work here.
>This project is being completed as part of a course on writing in the
disciplines, in which we have looked a lot at issues about communciating
effectively across and within disciplines in a general way, but not
specifically in relation to international and/or second (or third or fourth
. . .) language students.
>Can anybody recommend articles or books that address, either in practical
or theoretical terms, this dimension of academic enculturation?
>Many thanks for your help,
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