Many congratulations to our tutor Ahmed for successfully receiving a PhD qualification in Applied Linguistics from the School of Language and Culture at AUT last month.
"In the last 20 years, research into academic writing has shifted focus from a ‘study-skills’ perspective, whereby writing is viewed as a decontextualized skill, to writing as a social practice that varies according to time and context. Informed by the academic literacies model, Ahmed’s study investigated the challenges Arabic-speaking undergraduate students encounter with English academic writing across disciplines in New Zealand. The study explored the students' sociocultural and linguistic backgrounds that seem to shape their perceptions of what constitutes academic writing in English."
The full abstract of Ahmed's thesis can be found here: https://openrepository.aut.ac.nz/handle/10292/13035