Session 2 – Friday 7th April 3:50-4.20

Session 2A

Constructing EAP and its practitioners: Voices from different Communities of Practices

Dr Ian Bruce

Summary

This presentation reports a study that considers how the discipline of EAP has been portrayed in various discourses, including by related Communities of Practice on which EAP draws. The findings suggest a need to move beyond derivative definitions and articulate the contemporary identity and role of EAP.

Bio

Dr Ian Bruce is Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics at the University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand. His research relates to the development and application of genre theory to EAP courses, and in particular to academic writing instruction.

Session 2B

Talking movies: an intermediary community of practice

Jane Bottomley

Summary

This paper will present student perceptions of the extent to which seminar participation oriented around the subject of film has enhanced communication and language skills, improved confidence, and cultivated intellectual and social development, and thus how far it has functioned as an intermediary community of practice which fosters participation in wider academic life and beyond.

Bio

Jane Bottomley is a Senior Language Tutor at the University of Manchester. She is involved in EAP provision across the university and co-ordinates a programme of content-based English-language modules. She has a keen interest in the use of film to develop language, cultural awareness, and academic skills. She is a BALEAP Senior Fellow.

Session 2C

Fairness as a Consideration in Developing EL Assessments

Marian Crandall

Summary

There are so many variables to be considered in developing assessments that it is not surprising that one of the most important considerations, fairness, is sometimes overlooked. In this session, we’ll identify basic principles of fairness, and discuss the challenges of following those principles in the ESL/EFL assessment context.

Bio

Marian N. Crandall is an Associate Director, Global Client Relations, at ETS. Previously, she worked as an ESL instructor and as an assessment specialist in the English Language Learning division of ETS.

Session 2D

 ‘At your service’? Can collaboration between UK EAP and subject teachers obviate Raimes’ so-called ‘butler stance’?

Jonathan Smart

Summary

This paper will present theories and arguments in favour of collaboration between EAP and subject teachers, examining examples of existing partnerships and what makes them successful. To what extent, if any, can collaboration enhance the professional status of the EAP teacher and counter any perception of EAP as a remedial exercise?

Bio

Studying by distance learning for an M.A. in Teaching English for Academic Purposes with the University of Nottingham. New to the profession, with much to learn, I find myself both excited and intrigued by many facets, but especially issues of status and collaboration in EAP.

Session 2E

Investigating student awareness of hedging in context

Benet Vincent and Aleksander Trklja

Summary

This paper reports on a study that seeks to investigate what EAP students at a UK university understand by hedging and how this understanding matches practitioners’ and researchers’ perspectives by considering differences in the interpretation of hedging devices in context.

Bios

Benet Vincent is a lecturer in Academic English at Coventry University and has extensive experience in teaching EAP in the UK and in Turkey. His research interests include corpus linguistics, EAP and writing in a second language.

Aleksandar Trklja is a research fellow at the University of Birmingham. He currently works on an ERC-funded project ‘Law and Language at the European Court of Justice’. His research interest includes application of corpus linguistics methods to the study of lexico-grammatical and discourse-related/discursive issues.

Session 2F

What can corpus-based research tell teachers? A case-study on the citation skills of Chinese L1 speakers at novice level in U.K. academia.

Ian Johnson

Summary

This session draws upon a corpus-based study to quantify difficulties in citing others’ works among a sample of 180 Chinese students entering U.K. based, EL2-instructed Higher Education. Based on findings, I consider implications for teachers and put forward tangible activities to assist development of the citation skill, linguistically and rhetorically.

Bio

Learning Development Tutor within the University of Portsmouth’s School of Education and Childhood Studies and EAP Pre-Sessional tutor. I am interested in the harmony between insights from EAP and Academic Literacies for the writing development of native and non-native speakers alike, and a believer in discipline-embedded approaches.

Session 2G

Professional and personal learning curves in cross-cultural collaborations

Sofia Di Giallonardo

Summary

This presentation reports on a successful transnational education (TNE) collaboration between Nankai University and the University of Glasgow. Reflections are explored on the realities and complexities entailed in establishing collaborative relationships, from the pragmatic and logistical to assumptions around the notions of collaboration and joint ownership.

Bio

Sofia DiGiallonardo (BEd (Art Education); MEd (TESOL); RSA Dip TESL FACE) has worked in EFL university contexts since 1985, but has predominately focused on EAP since joining the English for Academic Studies unit at the University of Glasgow in 2006. Her interests lie in EAP course and materials design, teacher training, EAP teacher identity and Peer Observation of Teaching.

Session 2H

Engaging with the Local Community: Student Experiences of Voluntary Work

Blair Matthews, Danish Mohd, Ghadir Raslan and Jae Mun

Summary

Research on the experiences of international students repeatedly show the boundaries between the host and the international community. In an attempt to bridge the gap between the home and host countries, we have encouraged students to take up voluntary work as a supplement to their studies. This talk shows a series of case studies of international students who have engaged in voluntary work with the local community.

Bio

Blair Matthews is a tutor at the University of Bristol.

Danish Mohd, Ghadir Raslan and Jae Mun are students on the International Graduate Programme at the University of Bristol.