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It is becoming customary in introducing discussions of academic writing in higher education to note that students, on entering a new field and environment, cannot be assumed to already know all they need to know about the academic language and learning their success will depend on. In addition, when students come to universities they bring with them literacy practices that may or may not be considered appropriate. The overlap, or lack thereof, between these literacy practices and those expecteddoi:10.5901/mjss.2014.v5n10p661 fatcat:sds7mbaalnf7jm5htm7ng2d3tq