Towards a sustainable CoP model on improving research writing: A case study of SSPE students
Refereed conference paper presented and published in conference proceedings


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AbstractCommunities of Practice (CoP) projects have been widely implemented at a university in Hong Kong since 2016 as part of the English Across the Curriculum (EAC) movement on campus. According to Wenger, McDermott and Snyder (2002), CoP refer to groups of people (the community) who share a concern, a set of problems, or a passion about a topic (the domain), and deepen their knowledge and expertise in this area by interacting on an ongoing basis (the practice). This presentation aims at showcasing how a CoP between final-year project (FYP) supervisors of the Sports Science and Physical Education (SSPE) majors and language educators was formed, and how it has functioned as an alternative approach to helping the target students improve their research writing skills, from proposal to thesis writing. All language related interventions are seamlessly integrated into the content programme with both parties being in constant dialogue to address a common concern towards establishing a shared practice, which aims at preparing students for and empowering them in acquiring disciplinary literacy. Besides highlighting the various stages of interaction and achievements in this year-long CoP project, voices obtained from different stakeholders, namely the two groups of teachers and the students involved, will be shared to provide insights into establishing a sustainable model not only for this specific community but also other disciplines.
All Author(s) ListJose LAI, John O’REILLY, Allen HO
Name of ConferenceELTU Conference 2019: Alternative Approaches to English Language Learning and Teaching
Start Date of Conference27/05/2019
End Date of Conference28/05/2019
Place of ConferenceThe Chinese University of Hong Kong
Country/Region of ConferenceHong Kong
Year2019
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom
KeywordsCommunities of Practice (CoP), English Across the Curriculum (EAC)

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