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Disciplinary Literacy involves being able to communicate within different discourses and contexts. This includes writing, speaking, listening to, and presenting information related to different academic disciplines as well as real-world contexts such as finances and health. Understanding the conventions of different disciplines becomes more important for adults as they begin to develop expertise in a chosen field.
Adults need to have a functional understanding of communication in a multitude of contexts, such as health and finances, in order to manage their everyday needs. Disciplinary Literacy is also important for adults in higher education settings, particularly when they are asked to analyze and create texts using the conventions of different academic subjects.
Disciplinary Literacy requires adults to understand topic-specific Vocabulary and concepts across a variety of contexts, including: