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CLIL & EAP: teaching history

Many educators have argued that the best way to learn something, anything, is through context. For ELT, this often means language through content. In fact, content-based instruction (CBI) is an app…
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English for Academic Purposes: EAP links

English for Academic Purposes: EAP links | TELT | Scoop.it

My top (online) EAP resources part 2 After writing my first post on some of the online English for Academic Purposes resources I use and since my next pre sessional EAP course (6th!

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Some good free resources here, good for CAPES oral practice for those that need it

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Lexicoblog: Making authentic academic texts manageable

Lexicoblog: Making authentic academic texts manageable | TELT | Scoop.it
- use short texts: sometimes a very short text (such as an abstract or a definition) or a short extract from a longer text provides just enough context to illustrate a particular language point
- lower the cognitive load: by choosing texts aimed at high school students (such as A level or IB texts) or very introductory undergraduate texts, you maintain the academic style, but the content is less daunting
- abridge texts: sometimes just taking out a complicated example can make a text easier to understand without losing too much in terms of authenticity
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Post also shows ways to "get decoding out of the way relatively quickly"

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Academic speaking: persuasive techniques from Patrick Andrews

Teaching on a course for teachers from universities in China, I found quite a lot of interest in teaching persuasion.  Here are some materials that I have developed on the area, making use of a TED talk.

There are also elements of developing critical analysis in that the learners are encouraged to think of the extent to which some of the claims are justified and the extent to which the speaker is trying to manipulate the listener.

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He's also running a MOOC, but it's nearly over, I guess.

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EAP Stories

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Inspired by the Teaching EAP blog post discussing the requirements of teaching English for Academic Purposes, I realized that many teachers who teach EAP come from different backgrounds and have different teaching experiences.
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Interesting snapshots of teachers of English for Academic Purposes in various contexts

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From policy to practice in teaching scientific writing: Birch-Becaas & Cooke 2014

A cost-effective way of drawing up a set of recommendations for teaching LANSAD in France would be to create a group of recognized experts in the domain such as the abovementioned special interest group of the GERAS, who could establish clear attainable objectives for masters and doctoral students to achieve. These could be based on existing guidelines such as the CEFRL descriptors and on the curriculum guidelines resulting from evidence-based research. It would then be simple to issue these recommendations to universities. Colleagues requiring further pedagogical training could be encouraged to participate in dedicated courses to allow them to gain the pedagogical skills and know-how required at this level. Further impetus for this might be provided by the recent creation of the Ecoles Supérieures du Professorat et de l’Education (ESPE). One of their missions will be to provide further pedagogical training for university teachers, an issue that has received little attention until now since excellence in French universities has been measured more in terms of research achievements than pedagogical achievements.
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Interesting take on ESP/EAP in French higher education.

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Crossed Wires II: the evil that is plagiarism

Crossed Wires II: the evil that is plagiarism | TELT | Scoop.it
Stuff  teacher trainers tell novice teachers:
'Always check your instructions for tasks and activities.'
'Check that everyone understands the vocabulary you are presenting,'
'Grade your own language to the level of the students.'
That last one!
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Crosscultural differences and "the evil that is plagiarism." 

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Focusing on language in EAP: Craig Thaine webinar

Focusing on language in EAP: Craig Thaine webinar | TELT | Scoop.it

This webinar will explore undergraduates' and EAP learners' self-perceived needs in relation to explicit grammar and vocabulary learning. It will also examine learners' study preferences when they need to focus on language.

During the webinar you will learn about ways to help learners negotiate and work with useful language that can be found in authentic EAP texts.

Topic:

Focusing on language in EAP with Craig Thaine

Date:

January 21st 2014

Time:

15:00 GMT

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Just posting on this topic ...  I'm assuming this is a free webinar, though sponsored by Cambridge University Press, with whom the speaker has co-authored an Academic English textbook series.

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Corpus project links: EFL vocabulary, writing and more

Corpora interfaces

VIEW: Variation in English Words and Phrases (online) http://view.byu.edu/MICASE: The Michigan Corpus of Academic Spoken English (online) http://micase.umdl.umich.edu/m/micase/ ;

 

Using Google as a corpus

http://www.hltmag.co.uk/may00/idea.htmhttp://www-writing.berkeley.edu/tesl-ej/ej26/int.html

 

Corpus exercises

http://web.quick.cz/jaedth/Introduction%20%to20CCS.htmhttp://learningresources.eli.ubc.ca/corpus/links/lab.pdfhttp://learningresources.eli.ubc.ca/corpus/links/lab1.pdf

 

Learner errors

http://elex.amu.edu.pl/~przemka/concord2adv/errors.htmhttp://www.cs.tut.fi/~jkorpela/my-english.html


Word families

http://www.uefap.com/vocab/build/building.htm

Phrasal verbs

 

http://eslcafe.com/pvhttp://englishpage.com/prepositions/phrasaldictionary.html

 

Presentation skills

http://www.see.ed.ac.uk/~gerard/Management/art1.html

 

Transitional devices

http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/transitions.htm

 

Academic writing and register

http://elc.polyu.edu.hk/cill/eap/academicstyle.htmhttp://www.roehampton.ac.uk/learningdev/writing_for_ac/register.asphttp://www.uefap.com/materials/matfram.htmhttp://owl.english.purdue.edu/

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Writing links: NPCC Arkansas tutor recommendations

Tutoring services at the National Park Community College in Arkansas have this 27-page annotated collection of links to other university resources for writing: from topics and planning through drafting, revising, and editing, style sheets (APA, MLA), plagiarism. Suitable for high intermediate/advanced EFL/ESL students, particularly EAP, but also for instructors to select from. I can't find an author or a direct link from the website, but this resource certainly deserves a wider audience.
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Academic reading circles: Tyson Seburn

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My students very often tend to do the required course readings once, struggling not only with comprehension, but also relating the content from week to week. In order to both improve comprehension...

Via Phil Chappell
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Concrete suggestions for helping EFL/ESL learners understand and discuss assigned readings while also developing other academic skills (moderating discussion, summarising, re-expressing meaning in alternative forms).  Handouts and examples from the classroom, including minimal and richer student responses.

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Demand High EAP

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"I strongly believe we need to be (re)creating a climate of knowledge building in the EAP classroom." Steve Kirk

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Steve Kirk argues that in language for academic purposes classes, fluency activities where learners "just speak" are insufficient: learners also need to learn to develop "contentful" contributions.  

 

I think a) this is also true of other second/foreign language teaching contexts and b) a strong version of task-based teaching can help address this concern.

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Academic English Online (QMUL)

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"Academic English Online is a new web-based resource of materials designed for students of Queen Mary (University of London) to develop and broaden their skills in academic English."


Via Steve Kirk, Roxane Harrison
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This looks like a very rich resource suitable for intermediate university learners and above.  Content is divided into Writing, Reading, Speaking and Grammar, and presented in short sections with activities for learners and feedback which can be hidden or revealed.

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Steve Kirk's curator insight, December 11, 2012 8:03 PM

Queen Mary's University, London, have now made available for free a set of online EAP resources for supplementary study. These were previously developed and only made availablje internally to QMUL students. The task bank is now open access.

nicolaperry's curator insight, January 23, 2013 10:13 AM

Slightly outside the usual scope of this page but may be useful.

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Tracking L2 acquisition in immigrant secondary school pupils: Michael Evans

Tracking L2 acquisition in immigrant secondary school pupils: Michael Evans | TELT | Scoop.it

Two case studies:

22 recently-arrived migrant pupils

Language data: 2 open ended writing tasks, 30 minutes, some prompts were provided, 1 year interval

What was analysed? Formal features (word count, spelling mistakes, connectives, tenses, complex sentences.)

70 interviews, 30 min approx

Analyses of the 3 longest turns

Study of conjecture in the language of EAL pupils + Direct/indirect speech

 

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CELC Symposium: Singapore 2016

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Theme: Strengthening connectivities in ELT: pedagogies, disciplines and cultures  

The CELC Symposium 2016 aims to provide a platform for examining how ELT, in higher education today, is multi-pedagogical, interdisciplinary and intercultural. Specifically, we are interested in papers that focus on connections between different disciplinary ideas and methods as well as socio-cultural, institutional and digital contexts that variously shape and are, in turn, enhanced by pedagogical engagements within the language and communication classroom.

"Strengthening connectivities in ELT: pedagogies, disciplines, cultures" thus seeks to explore how the three paradigms are evolving and how they continually interact with and impact one another.

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Too far afield for me, but interesting theme and keynotes

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Syntactic and lexical development in EAP writing

Mazgutova and Kormos, 2015, Syntactic and lexical development in an intensive English for Academic Purposes programme, Journal of Second language writing

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Meticulous study of writing development by 39 EFL students using several measures of syntactic complexity and lexical diversity. The study compared a B2 undergraduate group with a C1 graduate class, and found

 

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Technology in English for Academic Purposes: Pete Sharma

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Technology in English for Academic Purposes
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Pete Sharma has this new blog.  Let's see what he sees as technology needs specific to this area

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APA Citation Style

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Reference list and in-text citation rules

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And a random shot of the mermaid in old Warsaw via iPhoto roulette ...

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Whose English? A window into written academic ELF

Whose English? A window into written academic ELF | TELT | Scoop.it

Ray Carey and colleagues are "compiling a corpus of these English-language examiners’ statements submitted in 2011 & 2012 to six University of Helsinki faculties. We finished this task last month, ending up with 402,0135 words of text (the WrELFA corpus overall has passed 800,000 words since my last update). During that process, Ruut compiled figures from each of the faculties on how many examiners’ statements were submitted and what language they were written in. This post looks at where English stands in the examination process of one of the top research universities in Europe."

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Some statistics on use of English in Finnish academia by faculty and mother tongue as a preliminary to further analysis.

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TELT: English for Academic Purposes

TELT: English for Academic Purposes | TELT | Scoop.it

Websites related to Academic English collected over the past two years.  Sites for learners, teachers, and researchers, including academic word lists, online activities, and research articles.

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Putting together links for pre-service English teachers preparing for French competitive teaching exams, I revisiting a number of useful sites for vocabulary development and planning presentations.

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TESOL Journal - OPEN ACCESS

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Volume 4, Issue 1 - March 2013

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Open access for limited time: invited essay by William Grabe and Cui Zhang on EAP

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EAP and Technology-enhanced Learning: summer seminar Oslo

7th Summer Seminar: June 6th—7th, 2013

 

Theme: EAP and Technology-enhanced Learning

The keynote talks will be by Martin Barge, Jessica Cooper and William Tweddle from Queen Mary, University of London, who have extensive experience in developing technology-enhanced courses in EAP.

This is what they propose for NFEAP 2013:

«Our talk will be on creating online materials for EAP students. We will cover the whole process: planning and design, sourcing content, selecting authoring platforms, piloting/trialling and revising the material (what some call an ‘iterative’ development process) and tracking its use. We will base this on our experiences of creating the “Academic English Online” materials that we created for our students at Queen Mary University, London. So our paper will be based on real experience, but will also be underpinned by key literature in the field of Computer Assisted Language Learning.»

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Academic Phrasebank

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See also the UEFAP site. http://www.uefap.com/

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Shona Whyte's curator insight, January 19, 2013 7:48 AM

The University of Manchester put together this 39 page document of phrases used in academic writing organised by function and with comments for users. An almost dauntingly comprehensive list, but I can see applications for teaching and learning EAP, probably with advanced learners.

Luciana Viter's comment, January 19, 2013 3:01 PM
Thanks, Shona, a very helpful EAP resource.
Shona Whyte's comment, January 20, 2013 8:34 AM
There seems to be a lot of interest in this sort of resource. I'm curious about how people see it being used for language teaching and learning.
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Building e-AP Awareness: Steve Kirk

Building e-AP Awareness: Steve Kirk | TELT | Scoop.it

"I think there are two kinds of e-AP tool: those that connect fairly directly to teaching practice, and those that can help inform, organise and build EAP teacher scholarly knowledge."

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The role of technology in English for Academic Purposes (EAP) - application of the TPACK framework, and call for integration, stability, open practices ...

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