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Cambridge Language Sciences

Interdisciplinary Research Centre


Academic Literacy

Assessment of academic literacy in English

The "cultural" impact on writing


Key publications: 

Rhetorical Diversity and the Implications for teaching academic English; co-authored with Zhongshe Lu and Lan Li; for Asian Journal of Applied Linguistics, Vol. 3, No. 1 (2016), pp.101-113.

PhD: Been there, done that. So, why do a (second), professional doctorate?; co-authored with WM Lim; for a Sage publication on Transformative Practices (2016) (pending)

‘Das Eignungsfeststellungsverfahren mit anschließender Studienfachberatung der Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg – Ein Erfahrungsbericht’, In: Sprachen als akademische Schlüsselkompetenz? Conference Proceedings of the AKS 2008, 185-192.

‘… sine qua non of global communication’, Die Sparkassen Zeitung (2003), p.16.

Aspects of foreign language competence in business communication’, Bildung – Führung – Veränderung. Deutsche Sparkassenakademie 75 Jahre Lehrinstitut 1928-2003, ed. G. Ashauer (Stuttgart, 2003). 219-231.

Lessing and the Sturm und Drang. A Reappraisal Revisited, [Europäische Aufklärung in Literatur und Sprache, Bd. 14] (Frankfurt a.M.: Peter Lang, 2002).

Publications (from Symplectic)

Theses / dissertations


  • Ottewell, K., 2021. Looking behind the Writing: The design and implementation of a framework to provide transitional support for the development of written articulacy at PG level – a University of Cambridge Case Study
  • Director of Academic Development & Training for International Students
    Fellow and Tutor (Graduate) of Lucy Cavendish
    Departments and institutes: 
    Dr Karen  Ottewell

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