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English Communication for Scientists

English Communication for Scientists | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it
English Communication for Scientists is a brief guide on how to communicate more effectively in English, no matter how much previous experience you have.

Via Steve Kirk
Shona Whyte's insight:

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

Steve Kirk's curator insight, November 19, 2013 8:54 AM

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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Academic Phrasebank

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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.

Shona Whyte's curator insight, January 19, 2013 2:50 AM

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

Luciana Viter's comment, January 19, 2013 10:01 AM
Thanks, Shona, a very helpful EAP resource.
Shona Whyte's comment, January 20, 2013 3:34 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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Writing for a Purpose | LearnEnglish | British Council

Writing for a Purpose | LearnEnglish | British Council | Learning technologies for EFL | Scoop.it

From the introduction to this learning resource on writing for EAP students:


"If you are studying in a British university you will be required to do a large amount of writing, whatever your subject. Some people distinguish between "essays" and "reports", and you may also know some other names for written assignments. However, sometimes the same name is used for very different types of assignment, and different names are used for very similar types of assignment.


Some of these assignments are more common in some disciplines than in others. For example, in business Case Studies are very common, in law Problem Questions are very common, while in history and philosophy Essays are very common.


Three thousand examples of proficient British university assignments from more than 30 disciplines, such as business, engineering, law, biology, sociology and history have been collected. These form the BAWE corpus. By analysing these assignments 13 basic Genre Families of student writing can be identified and each one has been given a specific name.

The 13 Genre Families are:



Literature Surveys



Research Reports



Event Recounts

Public Engagement

Case Studies

Design Specifications

Problem Questions



Via Steve Kirk
Shona Whyte's insight:

Nicely designed e-learning resource with integrated activities.

Steve Kirk's curator insight, July 8, 2013 3:54 AM

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.