Review: A Language as Social Semiotic-Based Approach 43 Review of A Language as Social Semiotic–Based Approach to Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

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Australia but also more widely) of professional expertise in academic (educational) development and academic language and learning. She argues that this separation (in which, broadly, the former is staff-facing whilst the latter is student-facing) is unhelpful and calls for a reintegration of language and literacy expertise with academic development work in order to ‘promote the development of students’ language and learning simultaneously ’ (2014:1203). Percy’s analysis and her conclusions are convincing to me. If I’m asked at a party what my job is (groan), I’m never quite sure which professional title to adopt – educational developer, writing developer, learning developer, academic developer – and, similarly, as its chronic institutional grumblings attest, the university in which I work is also never quite definitively cured of its anxieties about where the work I do should belong (historically over here, logically perhaps over there?). Conveniently sheltering under the non-pindownable, un-institutional, and non-generic name, ‘Thinking Writing’, the team in which I work has always taken the view that language and learning – and knowing and being and doing – are intimately connected, and that attention to language (writing specifically) is – at least in principle – as much the responsibility of disciplinary academics as is the teaching and learning of disciplinary content; the two, that is, can’t really be separated

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