Presentation Details

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Eleventh International Literacy and Education Research Network Conference on Learning

Building Bridges Across Cultures; Making Written Communication Culturally Relevant

Lucia Vardanega, Debbie Hatcher.

For over a decade, staff at an Australian university have been working collaboratively with a university in Hong Kong offering off-shore post-registration and postgraduate programs in health. Because of the competitive nature of this enterprise, there is considerable pressure on academics involved in the development of these programs to provide high quality programs that are sensitive to the cultural diversity of the context where they are delivered. This paper is based on a case study and discusses some of the experiences of Australian and Hong Kong based academics as they attempt to design and deliver learning programs in English to a predominantly Chinese speaking student cohort. Specifically this paper focuses on aspects of written communication in the learning process and discusses issues such as using written packages to facilitate student learning and devising appropriate assessment strategies for the cultural context. The propensity for plagiarism which is often misunderstood and presents itself in the Hong Kong learning context will be discussed. Practical implications for dealing with these issues will be presented.


Lucia Vardanega  (Australia)
School of Psychology
University of Western Sydney

Lucia Vardanega is a lecturer in the School of Psychology at the University of Western Sydney. She has worked extensively in forensic psychology. Her areas of interest include family assessment, developmental psychology and cross cultural education.

Debbie Hatcher  (Australia)

  • Cross Cultural Education
  • Use of Written Communication
  • Media in Education

(30 min. Conference Paper, English)