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Research articles

Cameron, C., George, L., & Henley, M. (2012). All hands on deck: A team approach to preparing year one arts students for their first major assignment. A practice report. The International Journal of the First Year in Higher Education, 3(1), 101-108.

Pawlak, M. (2011). Extending the Boundaries of Research on Second Language Learning and Teaching. Retrieved from

Waters, D. (2003). Supporting First-Year Students in the Bachelor of Arts: An Investigation of Academic Staff Attitudes.  Arts and Humanities in Higher Education, 2, 293-312.




Ballinger, G. J. (2003). Bridging the Gap between A Level and Degree: Some observations on managing the transitional stage in the study of English Literature. Arts and Humanities in Higher Education, 2(1), 99-109. doi: 10.1177/1474022203002001009

Chambers, E. & Marshall, G. (2006). Teaching and Learning English Literature. Retrieved from

Green, A. (2005). English Literature: From sixth form to university. International journal of Adolescence and Youth, 12(4), 253-280.

Green, A. (2007). A Matter of Expectation: The Transition from School to University English. Changing English, 14(2), 121-133. doi: 10.1080/13586840701442927

Jones, E. (2008). The Rules of the Game in an Introductory Literature Class. Teaching English in the Two-Year College, 35(3), 282-292.

Lobo, A., & Gurney, L. (2013). What did they expect? Exploring a link between students’ expectations, attendance and attrition on English language enhancement courses. Journal of Further and Higher Education, 1-25. doi: 10.1080/0309877x.2013.817002



Brown, G. T. L., & Marshall, J. C. (2012). The Impact of Training Students How to Write Introductions for Academic Essays: An Exploratory, Longitudinal Study. Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 37(6), 653-670. doi: 10.1080/02602938.2011.563277

Daemmrich, I. G. (2007). Novices Encounter a Novice Literature: Introducing Digital Literature in a First-Year College Writing Class. Teaching English in the Two-Year College, 34(4), 420-433.

Dorow, L. G., & Boyle, M. E. (1998). Instructor Feedback for College Writing Assignments in Introductory Classes. Journal of Behavioral Education, 8(1), 115-129. doi: 10.1023/a:1022820925481

Eberly, C., & Trand, P. A. (2010). Join the conversation: Teaching Students to "Cook": Promoting Writing in the First Year Experience Course. Learning Assistance Review, 15(1), 9-22.

Ernest, A., Johnson, P., & Kelly-Riley, D. (2011). Assessing Rhetorically: Evidence of Student Progress in Small-Group Writing Tutorials. Learning Assistance Review, 16(2), 23-40.

Gordon, M. (1906). An Experiment in Teaching First-Year Composition. The School Review, 14(9), 671-675. doi: 10.1086/434912

Jones, E. (2008). The Rules of the Game in an Introductory Literature Class. Teaching English in the Two-Year College, 35(3), 282-292.

Mason, K. (2006). Cooperative Learning and Second Language Acquisition in First-Year Composition: Opportunities for Authentic Communication among English Language Learners. Teaching English in the Two-Year College, 34(1), 52-58.

Nielsen, K. (2012). Self‐assessment methods in writing instruction: a conceptual framework, successful practices and essential strategies. Journal of Research in Reading,

O'Neill, P., Adler-Kassner, L., Fleischer, C., & Hall, A.-M. (2012). Creating the Framework for Success in Postsecondary Writing. College English, 74(6), 520-533.

Rosinski, P., & Peeples, T. (2012). Forging Rhetorical Subjects: Problem-Based Learning in the Writing Classroom. Composition Studies, 40(2), 9-32.

Strasma, K. (2009). "Spotlighting": Peer-Response in Digitally Supported First-Year Writing Courses. Teaching English in the Two-Year College, 37(2), 153-160.

Wingate, U., Andon, N., & Cogo, A. (2011). Embedding Academic Writing Instruction into Subject Teaching: A Case Study. Active Learning in Higher Education, 12(1), 69-81.



Theatre Studies

Daniel, B. (2008). Acting Activism: "Introduction to Theatre" Confronts Student Apathy. Theatre Topics, 18(2), 131-145. doi: 10.1353/tt.0.0032

Jennifer, R.-S. (2012). Modeling Meaning-Making in Introductory Theatre Studies: Auto-Ethnography as Explicit Instruction. Theatre Topics, 22(1), 73-87.


Media & Communication

Denise, W. (2010). Transforming the first year learning experience through research based media practice. The International Journal of the First Year in Higher Education, 1(1), 31-42. doi: 10.5204/intjfyhe.v1i1.21

Harrison, J., & Ernst, H. (2012). First year communication and physiology classes collaborate for iTunesU content creation : a practice report. International Journal of the First Year in Higher Education, 3(1), 75-82.

Smith, G. M. (2001). "It's Just a Movie": A Teaching Essay for Introductory Media Classes. Cinema Journal, 41(1), 127-134. doi: 10.1353/cj.2001.0025

Williamson, D. (1999). Media Education in the University: Enhancing Media Literacy through First-Year Undergraduate Coursework. Journal of Educational Media, 24(3), 203-215.


Foreign Languages

Bissoonauth-Bedford, A., & Stace, R. (2012). Grappling with Grammar on a Virtual Learning Platform: The Case of First Year French Students at the University of Wollongong. Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice, 9(1).

Busse, V. (2011). Why do first-year students of German lose motivation during their first year at university? Studies in Higher Education, 38(7), 951-971. doi: 10.1080/03075079.2011.602667

Busse, V., & Walter, C. (2013). Foreign Language Learning Motivation in Higher Education: A Longitudinal Study of Motivational Changes and Their Causes. The Modern Language Journal, 97(2), 435-456. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-4781.2013.12004.x

Cahill, D. & Catanzaro, D. (1997). Teaching First-Year Spanish On-Line. CALICO Journal, 14(2-4), 97-114.

Chenoweth, N. A., & Murday, K. (2003). Measuring Student Learning in an Online French Course. CALICO Journal, 20(2), 285-314.

Gallagher-Brett, A., & Canning, J. (2011). Disciplinary disjunctures in the transition from secondary school to higher education study of modern foreign languages: A case study from the UK. Arts and Humanities in Higher Education, 10(2), 171-188. doi: 10.1177/1474022210393911

Klapper, J. (1997). Language learning at school and university: the great grammar debate continues (I). Language Learning Journal, 16(1), 22-27. doi: 10.1080/09571739785200231

Klapper, J. (1998). Language learning at school and university: the great grammar debate continues (II). Language Learning Journal, 18(1), 22-28. doi: 10.1080/09571739885200211

Macaro, E. (2004). From Sixth Form to University: Motivation and Transition among High Achieving State-School Language Students. Oxford Review of Education, 30(4), 467-488. doi: 10.1080/0305498042000303964

Pantelides, U. (1999). Meeting the language needs of tertiary NESB students. The Australian Journal of Language and Literacy, 22(1), 60-75.

Stokes, J. D. (2007). Meaningful Writing for Beginners. Hispania, 90(3), 543-550.

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