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Academic challenges of international students, particularly those with English as an additional language (EAL), have been mostly researched in the classroom context, with little attention paid to students’ informal learning practices. My research looks specifically at the brokering practices of EAL tertiary students in their understanding of academic literacy. Brokering refers to how students seek help from their peers about understanding academic knowledge and skills. I conducted semi-structured interviews and observations to find out who students approached for help, aspects of academic literacy they needed help with, and their perceptions of the experience. The research findings suggest that educators need to pay attention to how students seek peer support in academic learning in order to develop more effective ways of supporting students’ academic literacy needs.
This paper was presented at CLESOL 2016 on Saturday 16 July 2016.
CLESOL 2016 (Website: http://www.clesol.org.nz)
Learners in Context: Bridging the Gaps
Ākonga Reo: Aronga Āputa
Thursday 14 – Sunday 17 July 2016
The University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand
The 15th National Conference for Community Languages and ESOL, brought to you by TESOLANZ (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages Aotearoa New Zealand) and CLANZ (Community Languages Association New Zealand).