Supporting students’ discipline-specific summary writing skills through an on-line learning platform

Yangyu XIAO, Hin Tat CHEUNG

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In the last two decades there has been a growing trend of adopting English medium instruction (EMI) in universities. EMI increases the need for teaching English for specific purposes, so as to help students develop discipline-specific English language skills. Summary writing skills in such a disciplinary context are considered to be essential as students need to comprehend, synthesise and integrate source materials into their own academic writings. This paper focuses on a project supporting students’ summary writing skills through ESP summary writing workshops and an online learning platform in a university in Hong Kong. Data were collected through students’ self-reflections and post-workshop interviews. Findings reveal that disciplinary-specific summary writing training raises students’ awareness of writing skills that can be adapted to writings in their own subject courses; students also perceived that the online learning platform offers the chance for them to self-evaluate their own summaries and regulate their own learning. The present study contributes to the understanding of strategies that can support university students’ discipline-specific summary writing skills in the EMI context. Copyright © 2018 Asia TEFL.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2018



Xiao, Y., & Cheung, H. T. (2018, June). Supporting students’ discipline-specific summary writing skills through an on-line learning platform. Paper presented at the 16th Asia TEFL International Conference: English Language Teaching in the Changing Glocalised World: Research and Praxis, University of Macau, Macau, China.


  • TDG project code: T0182
  • Period: TDG 2016-2017
  • Teaching Development Grant (TDG)
  • Teaching Development Grant (TDG) Output
  • Alt. title: Supporting EMI students’ summary writing skills in the university context