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Should we know what we're talking about? E(S)AP Teacher knowledge

Excellent presentation from Susie CowleyHaselden (University of Leicester) on the E(S)AP teacher, content/disciplinary knowledge and how we might become "well built bridges" to departments for our students.

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Genre Across Borders (GXB) - an international, interdisciplinary network of researchers, theories, and resources

Genre Across Borders (GXB) - an international, interdisciplinary network of researchers, theories, and resources | The EAP Practitioner | Scoop.it
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"Genre is a concept and construct that crosses disciplinary, national, methodological, conceptual, and pedagogical borders. The aim of "Genre across Borders" (GXB) is to advance genre theory and research by helping scholars and students cross these borders through access and scholarly contribution to reference guides and online networking"

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Good academic writing – it's about revision not editing

Good academic writing – it's about revision not editing | The EAP Practitioner | Scoop.it
Creative writers are accustomed to the idea that their writing must go through several drafts. However, much of the advice on offer to academic writers proceeds as if all they have to do is produce...
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Don't edit. Don't edit. Don't edit. Revise. A great post from one of my favourite bloggers. If, like me, you're struggling with your own academic writing, this will come as a wake-up call. As EAP teachers also, however, how might we best bring our international students to an awareness of this essential facet of good writing?

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English Communication for Scientists

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English Communication for Scientists is a brief guide on how to communicate more effectively in English, no matter how much previous experience you have.
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A six-unit online course in science-oriented writing.  There are some interesting tips here for speakers of different languages...but no differentiation by academic discipline. Some generalisations do, of course, hold, however, and so there is some useful material here - if taken critically. See what you think.

 

Illustrations here and there by the Times Higher Education cartoonist, Jorge Cham.

 

Thanks to @annehodg for bringing this to my attention.

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Shona Whyte's curator insight, December 7, 2013 10:27 PM

This looks great for university ESP courses, aimed at learners themselves rather than teachers.

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Challenging Loss: Language, Culture, and the Future of Academic Writing Research and Teaching | Christiane Donohue, EATAW Plenary Workshop (28.06.2013)

"Challenging Loss: Language, Culture, and the Future of Academic Writing Research and Teaching" Christiane Donohue, EATAW Plenary Workshop

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"This workshop drew on the work of 2013 conference presenters as well as examples of research in French contexts to bring out specific traditions of research and teaching of academic or scientific writing and writing institution in contexts of "home" or primary institutional languages across Europe."

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Writing for a Purpose | LearnEnglish | British Council

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This is a great collection of learning resources, designed by Andy Gillet (@UEfAP | http://www.uefap.com/) for the British Council. The resources draw on the BAWE corpus work done by Hilary Nesi and Sheila Gardner, published as Genres across the Disciplines: Student Writing in Higher Education (CUP). Students (and teachers) can learn about the 13 genre families identified and their relevance to UK university study. The website materials are ESRC funded - and free for all to use.

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Shona Whyte's curator insight, July 24, 2013 11:08 AM

Nicely designed e-learning resource with integrated activities.

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Snapshots of EAP Research Journeys (May 2013)

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A good read. This is a collection of ten short and personal research-oriented narratives from professionals working within EAP. Areas of focus range from assessment to teacher beliefs to programme management. 

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Academic Reading Circles (ARC) - Tyson Seburn (@seburnt)

Slides from session Oct 12, 2013
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Academic Reading Circles (ARC)is an approach to assigning roles to EAP students for improvement of comprehension and engagement with texts. It's something Tyson (@seburnt) speaks and writes about widely.Check out his website and blog for more if you're interested - http://fourc.ca

 

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EAP Conference 2013 | Berlin, May 4

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The Future of English for Academic Purposes
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This is the dedicated website for EULEAP's one day confererence, The Future of EAP, taking place in Berlin on 4th May 2013. Varied programme of speakers. Panel discussion. Free entry...but limited to 100 participants, so sign up quick :-)

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EAP 2013 – The Future of English for Academic Purposes

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EAP conference in Berlin, Saturday 4th May. A variety of talks on offer, from critical thinking and alternative assessment in EAP, to writing for research and EAP teacher training. My own offering will be on taking the 'A" in EAP seriously and (among other things) using this to re-think EAP for ELF contexts.

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Academic English Online (QMUL)

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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.

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Shona Whyte's curator insight, January 22, 2013 10:58 PM

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.

nicolaperry's curator insight, January 23, 2013 2:13 AM

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

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The role of disciplinary epistemologies in HE academic writing

This is the recording of a seminar by Dr Julio Gimenez, of University of Nottingham. The seminar explores the role of disciplinary epistemologies in academic writing in the HE context. It draws on recent research in a number of disciplines and in four countries -- UK, Spain, Australia, and Argentina -- to examine how epistemology determines what is 'acceptable' academic writing, and the challenges this poses for student writers. Julio also critiques current approaches to teaching academic writing.

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The TEAPing Point

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My own blog. Mainly thoughts on EAP teacher practice, thinking and development. Take a look. Get involved. It's my space to think, but I think better with others, so please drop by and join me :-)

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UK universities failing to bridge culture gap for foreign students

UK universities failing to bridge culture gap for foreign students | The EAP Practitioner | Scoop.it
Passing a test of English doesn't make foreign students ready to learn...

 

As EAP professionals, we know this of course, but here's Diane Schmidt (incoming BALEAP Chair) in the Guardian, reminding us (and university admissions) why English proficiency is only the surface level of the cultural challenges international students face.

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International Student Lifecycle Resources Bank

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A rich source of information, resources, scholarship and research from the HEA.

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Whose English? A window into written academic ELF

Whose English? A window into written academic ELF | The EAP Practitioner | 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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Shona Whyte's curator insight, February 4, 9:01 AM

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

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Integrating Content and Language in Higher Education (ICLHE) - Journal of Academic Writing

Integrating Content and Language in Higher Education (ICLHE) - Journal of Academic Writing | The EAP Practitioner | Scoop.it
The Journal of Academic Writing is an international, peer-reviewed journal that focuses on the teaching, tutoring, researching, administration and development of academic writing in higher education in Europe.
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Vol 3, No1 of the The Journal of Academic Writing (produced by EATAW) is a special issue on the area of 'integrating content and language in higher education (ICLHE)', with a focus on student learning and academic writing. The journal is open source and thus available to all.

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Shona Whyte's curator insight, October 24, 2013 1:36 AM

This one is open access.

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English Only? Exploring the Importance of Academic Writing Across Languages | Paul Kei Matsuda, EATAW Keynote (12.07.2013)

"English Only? Exploring the Importance of Academic Writing Across Languages" Paul Kei Matsuda (27.06.2013)

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This is the opening keynote address at the EATAW conference in Hungary, held 26-29 June 2013. In an antidote to the omnipresence of ENGLISH for Academic Purposes in most of what we read (and perhaps think), Paul Kei Matsuda considers the importance of other languages for academic purposes.

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VU Amsterdam Metaphor Corpus

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This is an online corpus that has been hand-annotated for all metaphorical language use. It covers four broad registers: academic texts, fiction, newspaper texts, and conversation - and can be used to generate tables and concordances by genre. The corpus is creative commons licensed, so open to use. The underlying work is presented in the book, Steen et al (2010) 'A Method for Linguistic Metaphor Identification' (John Benjamins - here: http://bit.ly/16dGCEB).

 

Metaphor is everywhere and it perhaps underexploited in EAP teaching and learning. Might this be a useful tool for the EAP practitioner?

 
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History of EAP and of BALEAP

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This is a panel discussion on the history of EAP and of BALEAP, organized and chaired by Richard Smith. Panellists: John Swales, Andy Gillett and Meriel Bloor. The discussion was held at the Biennial BALEAP Conference (‘The Janus Moment in EAP: Revisiting the Past and Building the Future’), University of Nottingham, 20 April 2013.

 

You can listen to an audio-recording of the panel discussion (1hr 25 min) by clicking on the photo on the website.

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Walking The Talk - Rethinking 'Teacher Talk' for EAP

My talk from the Janus Moment BALEAP conference in Nottingham, UK (20.04.13). I argue that we need a more refined way of recognising and thinking about how 'teacher talk' in EAP functions to mediate student learning. I re-purpose a model from cognitive apprenticeship to suggest what the beginnings of this might look like.

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Demand High ELT (1) | Jim Scrivener

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EAP should, in principle, always be 'demand high'. Here Jim Scrivener talks about the Demand High 'meme' for ELT generally. I think it's a really useful 'crystaliser' of things we already do in the EAP classroom, but perhaps need to think about more. EAP classroom practice has, in my experience, inherited from EFL an over-reliance on the procedural delivery of materials. EAP, given its often high-stakes nature, cannot afford to be this. We need to get down and messy with our students' (mis)understandings of content, texts and language. Demand High ELT gives us, I think, some useful food for thought. I've also posted some (early) thoughts on 'demand high EAP' here: http://bit.ly/Uxsh1j

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Steve Kirk's curator insight, March 6, 2013 3:42 AM

Hear about the conception and development of the Demand High ELT 'meme' straight from Jim Scrivener. He's right about the way EFL has perfected the procedural, the 'how' of classroom management and materials delivery. He and Adrian Underhill's call for practice that moves a little more from 'learner centred' to 'learning centred' is long long overdue in the EFL world.

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International Student Experience Journal

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The International Student Experience Journal is a peer-reviewed online publication for those involved in the field of  researching, teaching and providing services to international students in the UK and other English speaking countries. The Journal links the everyday concerns of university staff including academics, researchers and EAP practitioners with insights gained from related academic disciplines such as applied linguistics, education, psychology, and sociology"

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Yasmin Dar's curator insight, August 19, 2013 10:03 AM

In this first issue, Simon Gieve and I had the chance to write up the presentation that we had delivered at the BALEAP PIM in Leicester (25/06/11).

If you're interested, the paper is 'The use of Exploratory Practice as a form of collaborative practitioner research'.

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Nesi talks about 'Genres across the Disciplines...' (2012)

Nesi talks about 'Genres across the Disciplines...' (2012) | The EAP Practitioner | Scoop.it

A 14 minute video of Hilary Nesi talking about her work with Sheena Gardner into genres across the disciplines. Based on their book, Nesi, H. & Gardner, S. (2012). Genres across the Disciplines Student writing in higher education. CUP.

 

Courtesy of Huw Jarvis (@TESOLacademic).

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EATAW 2013 Official Website

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Teaching Writing Across Languages & Cultures: European Association for the Teaching of Academic Writing (EATAW). The three-day conference will be held from 27-29 June 2013 in Budapest, Hungary.

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Academic and Scholar Search Engines and Sources - An Annotated Link Compilation | LLRX.com

A huge, alphabetical list of links to academic video banks, search engines, article repositories and thesis databases. As teachers and scholars, EAP professionals should be aware of some of these resources and tools.

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