Pecha Kucha

GET THEM READING!

Neil Tibbetts and John Bartrick

Summary

Our experiences developing academic reading classes as part of an English for pre-Masters module where we aim to foster higher degrees of learner autonomy and develop academic literacy using extensive reading projects, encouraging students to develop their reading fluency as well as their understanding of their learning environment.

Bios

Neil Adam Tibbetts is module convenor for English for Masters Study on the Pre-Masters (MIPS) course at Southampton. He has a specific interest in academic reading and works on developing reading tests for the pre-sessional (a previous presentation at BALEAP PIM Reading 2015.) He also coordinates English for Law students.

John Bartrick teaches EAP on In-sessional courses at Southampton University. He has worked as a Pre-sessional Reading and Writing co-ordinator and as part of the team developing Reading Assessments. His interests include action research and developing students’ academic reading skills.

CONCEPTUALISATION OF CRITICAL THINKING AND ACADEMIC WRITING AMONG STUDENTS AND LECTURERS AT MASTERS’ LEVEL

Andrew Drybrough

Summary

Critical thinking is an essential feature of UK Higher Education (HE). In the context of an increasing influx of non-EU students into UK HE, this pecha kucha reports on research into different conceptualisations of critical thinking in academic writing at a masters’ level in a UK university among students and lecturers.

Bio

Andrew Drybrough is currently a PhD student, university tutor and English language examiner studying at the Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh. He has over 10 years of experience teaching English language in the UK and South Korea with a research interest in critical thinking and academic writing.

WHO IS HERE? HAUNTED TEACHING AND EAP

Tom Muir and Kristen Solli

Summary

This pecha kucha uses Nicholas Royle’s concept of “haunted teaching” to explore two key topics in EAP: reflective writing and coherence. By applying the unsettling logic of haunting to these familiar terms, we seek to reframe some key concepts in our practices and, indeed, at this conference: student, teacher, union, togetherness.

Bios

Tom Muir is Associate Professor of EAP at Oslo & Akershus University College. He has a PhD in English and has taught at Sussex University and Manchester Metropolitan University. He is currently writing about plagiarism as a cultural symbol and the relationship between teaching and monster theory.

Kristin Solli is Associate Professor of EAP at Oslo and Akershus University College. She has taught academic writing at the University of Iowa, Duke University and at several institutions in Norway. Her research interests include academic writing and EAP in professional fields, the rhetoric of inquiry and country music.

ANIMATING STUDENTS’ CRITICAL ENGAGEMENT WITH SUSTAINABILITY IN THE EAP CLASSROOM

Helen Bowstead

Summary

This pecha kucha will provide examples of assessment practices that have moved beyond testing language and academic skills, towards creating opportunities for critical engagements that can contribute to a shared understanding of the ways in which socially responsible global citizenship can be understood and explored by culturally diverse groups.

Bio

Helen Bowstead works at the University of Plymouth as an EFL lecturer, delivering a range of credit-bearing modules in EAP, ESP and TESOL. Her research interests focus on the impact of dominant educational and political discourses on the experiences of (international) students.

REAPING THE REWARDS OF EXTENSIVE READING

Annete Margolis and Stephen Deane

Summary

This pecha kucha will not only propose reasons for the reluctance of L1 Arabic EAP students to engage with the reading process, but also provide strategies to promote positive reading habits. This will be achieved via presentation of the findings of a qualitative survey of the reading habits of foundation students. It will also seek to gauge the opinions of fellow practitioners.

Bios

Annette Margolis – Annette has taught EFL since 1990 and EAP since 2002. She is co-author with Jonathan Smith of ‘Pronunciation’ in the English for Academic Study Series by Garnet Education. She has the DELTA, an MA TESOL as well as a PGCE in Mathematics and Science.

Stephen Deane – Stephen has worked in EAP full-time since 2009. This includes teaching foundation, in-sessional and pre-sessional courses for RMIT in Vietnam and the Universities of Exeter and Birmingham. He has the DELTA and an M.Ed TESOL from the University of Exeter.