Session 11 – Sunday April 9th 10:10-10:40

Session 11A

Between page and pedagogy: exploring curriculum enactment in the EAP classroom

Steve Kirk

Summary

How do experienced teachers lift a lesson off the page at point of need? Using Semantics, one dimension of Legitimation Code Theory (Maton, 2014), I ask whether there might be ‘signature profiles’ for localised enactments of EAP. Making these profiles visible may be valuable for course design and practitioner development.

Bio

Steve is a senior teaching fellow and interim head of centre at Durham University English Language Centre. His ongoing doctoral research uses Legitimation Code Theory to explore classroom enactment of the EAP curriculum.

Session 11B

Measuring Learning Gain on a Foundation Programme amongst home and international students

Edward Bressan

Summary

The paper reports on longitudinal studies into learning gain amongst a group of home and international students who took the International Foundation programme and have moved onto undergraduate study. A combination of performance data, self-reporting surveys and tutor feedback are presented to seek to measure how both groups of students have made “improvements” since starting their foundation programme.

Bio

Edward Bressan is Academic Director of Oxford Brookes International and has teaching and research interests in languages for specific purposes.

Session 11C

Experiences of building a tailor-made digital placement test for business students at an international university.

Yoanny Beldarrain and Michelle Hunter

Summary

This session will describe and critically evaluate a digital + oral placement test created at ESB Business School of Reutlingen University in Germany. The English version of the project was a collaborative endeavour between Head of Languages, Prof. Dr.Yoany Beldarrain, adjunct tutor, Michelle Hunter and IT & E-Learning Support Technician, Gus Hagelberg.

Bios

Yoany is professor for business communication at Reutlingen University in Germany. She is an international speaker, author and consultant with over 18 years of experience in curriculum and instruction, e-learning, as well as administrative educational leadership. Her experiences include evaluation and assessment of initiatives, integrating multicultural approaches in the decision-making process, entrepreneurship, improving business communication and developing international management strategies. Prior to coming to Germany in 2010, Dr. Beldarrain was an administrator at Florida Virtual School and an adjunct professor at La Salle University in Philadelphia, USA.

Michelle has lived in Germany since 1995 teaching business English in both companies and universities. She has taught EAP on three summer pre-sessionals at Bristol. In 2014, she achieved a post graduate certificate in coaching. Currently, she is studying towards an MA in Coaching in Education (WBIS) with Chester University.

Session 11D

Strategies for speaking tests: Corpus-based tips for preparing students

Gemma Bellhouse

Summary

English learners often take speaking tests to prove they can communicate effectively. But what is successful communication? Are there strategies used by test candidates, and could they make test preparation more effective? Using new corpus data, this talk outlines ‘active listening’ strategies to aid test preparation and debunk test-taking myths.

Bio

Gemma Bellhouse is currently an English Language Test Production Manager for Trinity College London, an international examinations board. Ms Bellhouse has an MSc in Applied Linguistics & Second Language Acquisition from Oxford University. She has taught English in private, primary, secondary and tertiary schools in southern France.

Session 11E

Implications of the Literacy Practices in the Writing of Saudi Graduate Students at King Abdul Aziz University

Summaya Elhussain and El-Sadig Ezza

Summary

This paper explores literacy as a social practice and analyses the implications of such practices on the core text elements, namely, construction and comprehension of the disciplinary knowledge they try to communicate. Based on that, it recommends some instructional changes to tackle such a problem.

Bios

Summaya Elhussain: BA( Honours) in English, Diploma and MA in TESOL. Has worked in the field of ESOL/ EFL teaching for 20 years. Currently is a language instructor at King Abdulaziz University in Saudi Arabia . Her research interest includes disciplinary writing, legitimation code theory and Differentiated Academic writing .

El-Sadig Ezza is an Associate Professor at Majmaah University in Saudi Arabia. He teaches undergraduate courses and conducts classroom research. His research interest includes academic writing, instructional intervention and EFL pronunciation.

Session 11F

EAP and translanguaging: Profiting from students’ other languages

Jane Mandalios

Summary

This presentation explores how students’ use of other languages at their disposal can help them function effectively in an EAP environment. The presenter explores the notions of translanguaging and cross-language mediation, and describes a study in an English-medium college in Greece which indicates how students engage in and benefit from translanguaging practices.

Bio

Jane Mandalios teaches Composition and Applied Linguistics at The American College of Greece, Deree, having spent 25 years in tertiary education in Libya and Dubai, teaching EFL, ESL and EAP. Her professional interests include curriculum and materials development, assessment, the use of the L1, and the fusion of information literacy with EAP and Composition.

Session 11G

The curious case of rescued feedback: the value of collaborative drawing to better understand the international student experience

Emma Guion Akdağ

Summary

Our research contrasts traditional student feedback forms with a method of collaborative drawing known as ‘Rich Pictures’ as icons, signs and symbols can communicate irrespective of possible language, cultural and educational barriers. We highlight this method as a complimentary resource to aid the understanding of the international
student experience.

Bios

Emma Guion Akdağ’s research interests are in the ethics and effects of internationalisation, aiming to examine regimes of power by deconstructing a system of meaning-making constructed historically and discursively within the context of Higher Education in Scotland.

Dr Tessa Berg’s research interests are in information systems and socio-technical analysis, specifically the determination of system requirement gathering through collaborative visual communication. Her research area is particularly focussed on communication using icons, signs and symbols. Other research interests include internationalisation in Higher Education.

Session 11H

EAP Practice and second language Research

Dr Dina Awad

Summary

This talk reports the findings of a cross-Baleap survey on teacher beliefs, preferences and practice in every day EAP classrooms. The results reveal popular trends which are compared with propositions from academic research in second language learning and teaching.

Bio

I currently teach EAP in the English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) at the university of Leicester. I hold an MA in English Language Teaching & Applied Linguistics (Kings College London) and a PhD in Linguistics (Lancaster University) and I am expecting to become a fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 

Session 11I (Workshop)

Writer’s block in extended academic writing: exploring causes and solutions

Desmond Thomas

Summary

This workshop provides some practical solutions to the problems created by writer’s block in extended writing. It aims to support BALEAP professionals who may become research writers at certain points in their career, enabling them in turn to provide psychological support for their own students.

Bio

Desmond Thomas is a lecturer at the University of Essex and former lecturer at the School of Oriental and African Studies. Since 2004, he has been involved in developing and delivering writing courses for research students. He is the author of “The PhD Writing Handbook” published by Palgrave in 2016.