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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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Ursula Wingate - Embedding academic literacy instruction in the curriculum: The role of EAP specialists (LSE PIM, 19.03.16)

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In This plenary at the LSE (BALEAP PIM, Sat 19 March 2016), Ursula Wingate argues for a view of in-sessional EAP that embeds teachers within departments and has them collaborating closely with subject specialists.

Wingate is preaching to the converted a bit here, and perhaps does not realise the extent to which some of this is already happening across the UK. A great talk nevertheless. Something we are all working towards, in our own ways, given the affordances of our local contexts.
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English for Academic Study @ Glasgow

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from teachers' perspective, for teachers (by Ania Rolinska)
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Glasgow University's EAP Practitioner blogspace. Some interesting content here already. There's a strong team at Glasgow, so I think this site is going to be one to watch.
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'Power & Meaning Making in an EAP Classroom...': Alastair Pennycook interviews Christian Chun

Alastair Pennycook interviews Christian W. Chun on "Power and Meaning Making in an EAP classroom: Engaging with the Everyday", published by Multilingual Matters (2015)

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Diane Schmitt - Applying Linguistics and Theorising Practice in EAP

BALEAP PIM - Process and Practice in EAP. November 14th 2015. Arts Tower, The University of Sheffield.
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Diane Schmitt, BALEAP Chair, closed the Sheffield University one-day conference on EAP processes and practice (BALEAP PIM) with this talk on bringing theory and practice, theorising and practising closer together. Diane notes that research academics are often invited to EAP practitioner conferences to keynote, and tellingly asks how often we see practitioners invited to give plenaries at research-oriented conferences. We have a long way to go...

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Zoltán Dörnyei - Motivational Currents in Language Learning

BALEAP PIM - Process and Practice in EAP. November 14th 2015. Arts Tower, The University of Sheffield.
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Zoltán Dörnyei's opening plenary at the excellent BALEAP Professional Issues Meeting (PIM) on EAP processes and practice. The talk focuses on the concept of 'directed motivational currents'. The seven frameworks for practice emerge from the work discussed in this 2015 book: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Motivational-Currents-Language-Learning-Interventions/dp/1138777323/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1448399451&sr=8-2&keywords=dornyei

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Doctoral EAP

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a collection of experiences, reflections, resources and rants
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A long overdue initiative to bring together students, researchers, practitioners and other professionals in English for Academic Purposes, to talk around issues of doctoral studies - Starting out, developing, failing, failing better, collaborating...and staying proudly in the field after completing, such that we change things from the inside.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 23, 2015 10:19 PM

This looks like an interesting site worth exploring

 

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English for Academic Purposes in Neoliberal Universities: A Critical Grounded Theory

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The critical grounded theory presented in this book offers valuable insights on the social processes and strategies used by Blended English for Academic Purposes Professionals (BLEAPs) at higher education institutions, as they struggle to negotiate
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PDF copy of this excellent book. Available via Gregory Hadley's Academia.edu site. I bought the hardback and ordered a copy for our university library. This should be on everyone's reading list. Important work. Thanks to @muranava for bringing my attention to this version, and to @alexanderding for recommending the book in the first place.

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The Importance of Listening to International Students - Prof. Tony Lynch - YouTube

Professor Tony Lynch, Personal Chair of Student Learning (English for Academic Purposes). Inaugural lecture 2012

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Academic English: How Is It Different? - An interview with Martin Hewings - YouTube

Martin Hewings discusses what makes teaching and learning academic English different from general English, and introduces Cambridge Academic English - the ne...
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The value of using an integrated skills approach to Academic English

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Research writing: Constructing community and negotiating identity. Ken Hyland, Free Linguistics Conference 2014 - YouTube

"Research writing: Constructing community and negotiating identity" by Prof. Ken Hyland, September 2014 More Free Linguistics Conference talks @ http://www.f...

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▶ Blended EAP Professionals: A Critical Grounded Theory (Part 1) - YouTube

First Part of a Two Hour Seminar on a Critical Grounded Theory of Blended EAP Professionals. Delivered at Kellogg College, The University of Oxford on 18 Jun...
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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

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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, 2014 12:01 PM

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

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Writing Programs Worldwide

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"To recognise the uniqueness of the writing programme created at each university"
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A Writing Programs Worldwide initiative and web hub to "...build a dialogic transnational community of writing scholars, teachers, and administrators to share their discoveries and struggles", particularly in relation to the local experience of teaching writing and building writing programmes.
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CELFS Pre-sessional Tutors Network

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a place to keep in touch with CELFS and each other
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Bristol University's Centre for English Language & Foundation Studies have a blog for their Pre-sessional teachers. Great idea. Some good posts here. Look forward to seeing this grow and to seeing more of this kind of thing among practitioners.
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Wingate & Tribble (2012) Learning from learners – practical approaches to EAP writing development

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This workshop presents a genre/corpus informed EAP writing programme for MA students. Following a brief overview of the theoretical and practical bases of the writing development programme Chris Tribb
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"This workshop by Chris Tribble and Ursula Wingate presents a genre/corpus informed EAP writing programme for MA students. Following a brief overview of the theoretical and practical bases of the writing development programme Chris Tribble and Ursula Wingate share examples of the teaching materials they are using and give participants an opportunity to experience how the programme is delivered to students. The workshop finishes with a discussion of practical issues related to the design and implementation of this kind of writing development programme."

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David Hyatt - Reconceptualising EAP as Academic Repertoire

BALEAP PIM - Process and Practice in EAP. November 14th 2015. Arts Tower, The University of Sheffield.
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The lunchtime plenary at ELTC Sheffield's day on EAP processes and practice, a BALEAP PIM. David Hyatt considers the marginalisation of EAP and how we might redress the balance between the perceived status and value of academics and EAP professionals. To this end he draws upon the notion of EAP as 'academic repertoire'. I'm not sure there is much new in this message, but the talk is a good one and reflects a growing sentiment across the sector.

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Digital EAP

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Technology in English for Academic Purposes
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A great site from David Read at ELTC, Sheffield University. Dedicated to the intersections of EAP, EdTech and social media.

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▶ Steve Kirk: Teaching ‘EAP’: Enabling Academic Participation, E-merging Forum 5, Moscow - YouTube

Steve Kirk, Director of EAP Pre-Sessional programmes and a senior teaching fellow at Durham University English Language Centre (UK) TOPIC: «TEACHING ‘EAP’: E...
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My keynote presentation on EAP, teacher knowledge and pedagogy. British Council E-merging Forum, Moscow. Thu 12 March 2015

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The Cultures of EAP: Celebrating and Exploring Diversity - Webinar recordings freely available

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A very welcome collection of webinars on EAP in places we don't often hear much about: Poland, Algeria, Rwanda and beyond. Congratulations to David Read and the team at Sheffield Hallam University (UK) and to OUP for bringing this new event online - and free to all.

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Academic English: Why use real academic materials? - An interview with Martin Hewings Part 2 - YouTube

In this part of the interview Dr Martin Hewings talks about the benefit of using authentic reading and listenig materials and academic corpus to teach academ...
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AcornEnglishHomestay's curator insight, February 10, 2015 5:16 AM

Using real academic material to help students learn practical English skills for university study.

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Exploring teacher beliefs in teaching EAP at low proficiency levels - YouTube

Alexander, O. (2012). 'Exploring teacher beliefs in teaching EAP at low proficiency levels'. Journal of English for Academic Purposes. 11/2. 99-111. Further ...
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Olwyn talks about the work behind her 2012 JEAP publication, looking at teachers' views of working with low-level EAP students.

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▶ Blended EAP Professionals: A Critical Grounded Theory (Part 2) - YouTube

"Part two of a Two Hour Seminar on a Critical Grounded Theory of Blended EAP Professionals. Delivered at Kellogg College, The University of Oxford on 18 Jun...

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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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