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Randall Sadler and Xun Yan awarded funding under the BRIDGE Seed Fund Program

9/8/2017  8:00 am

Doctors Randall Sadler and Xun Yan from the Department of Linguistics have been awarded funding under the BRIDGE (BiRmingham-Illinois Partnership for Discovery, engagement, and Education) seed fund program for collaboration between the University of Birmingham, UK, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The funding will support meetings in Birmingham in 2017 and in Urbana-Champaign in 2018 between Sadler and Yan (Illinois), Paul Thompson (Birmingham), Andrew Kehoe (Birmingham City University, and Jinsong Fan (Fudan University, China) to plan a joint project on ‘Writing Development in Global Higher Education’ (WriDGHE).

The project aim is to build an international corpus of student writing in Higher Education representing the writing practices of university students in English as a Second/Foreign Language, and L1 language contexts. This will be used for studies of student writing development over the course of a university program, and for descriptions of different stages of linguistic development for L1 and L2 writers.