The World Wide Web for academic purposes: Old study skills for new?

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This paper argues for a specific need to explore critical information processing skills of the World Wide Web (WWW) as part of an English for Academic Purposes teaching and learning context. It recognises the potential of the WWW to bring relevant and not so relevant authentic content to academic study in a way never before possible, but also presents pilot data about the extent to which such resources are being referred to in academic courses at one UK university. It considers the specific literacies of the WWW in terms of its tools and its texts and suggests that, if learners are to become effectively autonomous in these literacies, then the WWW deserves specific study skills attention. It argues for a specific focus on the role of evaluation of both product and process as a study skill in order to ensure that teachers and learners alike keep pace with a medium that, at present, is characterised by on-going fluidity and few recognisably common standards. © 2001 The American University. Published by Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)105-124
Number of pages19
JournalEnglish for Specific Purposes
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2002


  • EAP
  • Internet
  • Literacy
  • Study skills


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