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Type: Conference paper
Title: The teaching librarian: ESL and the academic library
Author: Mariner, Fiona
Citation: ALIA 2006 : Click06 : Create, lead, innovate, connect, knowledge. Papers from conference held in Perth, 19-22 September 2006 / Imogen Garner (ed.): pp. 1-10
Publisher: Australian Library and Information Association
Issue Date: 2006
ISBN: 0868045640
Conference Name: ALIA Biennial Conference (2006 : Perth Convention Centre)
Department: University Libraries
Abstract: The line between librarian and teacher has become increasingly blurred, and never is this more apparent than in the academic library. A further layer of complexity is added when working with students who have English as a second language (ESL). These students’ grasp of language and culture does not always compare to that of a ‘local’ student, and so we cannot make the same assumptions as to their pre-existing knowledge and abilities when engaging them in information literacy (IL) training. This paper discusses IL from an ESL perspective and as a form of English for Specific Purposes (ESP). It offers a pedagogical (i.e., method- rather than content-based) approach to the provision of IL to international students and includes suggestions for best practice and examples taken from the author’s own experience.
Keywords: ESL; english as a second language; pedagogy; information literacy; libraries; international students; librarians; professional practice;
Rights: © 2006 Australian Library and Information Association
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