Academic Literacy Research Unit
Language, reading and writing play such crucial roles in determining success in the learning context. Therefore it is important to gain greater insight into the nature of such skills and the ways in which they are acquired, developed and sustained within a broader multilingual and socio-cultural context, from primary through to tertiary level.
A linguistic perspective that examines the role of language, reading and writing in the acquisition and construction of knowledge can contribute valuable insights into the nature of academic literacy as well as the underpinnings of academic performance and underperformance.
Mission statement of ALRU: To promote interest in, awareness of and insight into academic literacy - especially the attainment of academic literacy in a non-primary language - through study, research, publications, workshops, community programmes and other relevant academic pursuits and promotion activities.
The aims of ALRU are to:
ALRU has been involved in the projects indicated on the dropdown menu on the left.