Session 3 – Friday 7th April 4:30-5:00

Session 3A

Using technology to provide language support for distance students

David Read

Summary

As the number of distance learners increase, so does the need for a more flexible type of language support. This talk will outline various technology-enhanced techniques for providing these learners with appropriate writing support, online seminars and self-study materials.

Bio

David Read is the Director of Technology-Enhanced Learning at the ELTC, University of Sheffield. He has been an EFL/EAP teacher, teacher trainer and learning technologist for over 20 years and has worked in 14 countries, including Morocco, Lithuania, Costa Rica and Kyrgyzstan.

Session 3B

International students as Curriculum Advisers for academic writing courses: developing and implementing staff-student partnerships

Terri Edwards and Tamara Barakat

Summary

International student expertise in terms of disciplinary knowledge is currently undervalued and underutilised in the academy. A UKCISA-funded pilot project at Durham University has been exploring ways of creating effective staff-student partnerships so that international students can actively contribute to improving academic writing course provision by acting as Curriculum Advisers.

Bios

Terri Edwards is a Teaching Fellow at Durham University English Language Centre (DUELC) where she has worked since 2007. She is currently studying for an EdD at Durham, and working on a UKCISA-funded pilot project for developing staff-student partnerships in order to improve EAP curriculum design.

Tamara Barakat is a Durham University Master’s student from Palestine, doing Translation Studies.

Session 3C

Use of the CEFR in higher education: developing descriptors of academic English

Dr Veronica Benigno

Summary

This paper reports on a project to extend the CEFR to meet the needs of learners of academic English. Descriptors of academic English were created in collaboration with thousands of teachers worldwide and aligned to the Global Scale of English, a granular scale of English proficiency aligned to the CEFR.

Bio

Research Manager at Pearson, Dr Veronica Benigno conducts corpus-based research on vocabulary and is responsible for the research and validation agenda in support of teaching and assessment products. She previously worked as a lexicographer, as a teacher of Italian, English, and French, and in the field of natural language processing.

Session 3D

Complementary and abundant: bi-directional EAP teaching and learning

Abby Wang and Ying Wan

Summary

This presentation will introduce a collaborative study conducted by a teacher and a student. Later this student became an English teacher, providing bi-directional perspectives on the influence a complementary EAP teaching process had in improving her EAP experience.

Bios

Abby Wang is a PhD candidate studying at the University of York. She is also a pre-sessional teacher and an IELTS marker. She possesses an MA certificate in TESOL, a CELTA certificate and an Engineering degree.

Ying Wan (Lynn) was a postgraduate TESOL student at the University of York and then returned to China to teach English.

Session 3E

Scaffolding academic literacies with undergraduates with low English-Language proficiencies

Simon Green

Summary

This paper reports the way teaching and learning were organised, and emergent academic literacies scaffolded, on a collaborative teacher education programme, using an integrated content-literacy model, to meet the needs of international students with English language proficiencies markedly below the CEFR B2 level required by British universities.

Bio

I currently teach and research at the University of Leeds, but have spent the bulk of my career in the Middle and Far East, Africa, and Europe working for the British Council, and the UK or foreign governments, in the areas of teacher education, EAP and academic literacies.

Session 3F

Experiences of student co-authorship and review in creating an inclusive and relevant study skills service

Dr Simon Gamble

Summary

This paper explores the on-going process of creating an inclusive and accessible Study Skills service at the University of Bristol. This blended learning style service is being co-created and co-authored by a diverse range of students at the University and the involvement of international students in this process will be examined.

Bio

Simon Gamble is currently the Study Skills Developer for the new study skills service at University of Bristol. He previously managed the Learning Support service for the Faculty of Science at University of Portsmouth, and has also worked as a cancer research scientist at Brunel University and Imperial College London.

Session 3G

To ESAP or not?

France Barth, Sophie Acomat and Helen McKenna

Summary

This study reports on the challenges in developing a set of online learning units designed to support the needs of accountancy students. It has involved working with different stakeholders including accountancy professionals, EAP specialists, instructional designers and other teaching professionals. The process of development has raised questions around how specific the EAP materials should be.

Bios

France is a module leader at BPP University where she is currently writing online material. She has been working in the field of English Language Teaching for the last 15 years in Japan, Slovakia and the UK as a teacher, manager and material developer. Her areas of interests are online learning, teaching and material writing.

Sophie has five years’ experience as an instructional designer in Higher Education and 15 years’ experience in teaching, teacher training, content design and academic leadership. She has worked in Spain, France and the UK. She’s currently working at BPP University as an online materials writer.

Helen is a module leader and EAP lecturer for BPP University. She has been involved in English Language Teaching for 13 years’ as a teacher, trainer, materials developer and academic manager, working in Spain, Slovakia, Australia and the UK. Her areas of interest lie in materials writing online learning and internationalisation in Higher Education.

Session 3I (Workshop)

Active Reading – A Collaborative Approach

Ella Cooper

Summary

This workshop aims to present literature based research in combination with teaching practice, to explore the ways in which practitioners within EAP can work in collaboration with students to enhance and improve active reading skills. Tasks will be explored to allow for discussion and further ideas development within this area.

Bio

Ella Cooper is an EAP tutor in the English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) at the University of Leicester.

Session 3J (Workshop)

Enabling all teaching staff to deliver outstanding course programmes

Katherine High and Hermione Ruck Keene

Summary

This practical workshop, building on the findings of an action research study, will explore effective strategies to facilitate dialogue between EAP practitioners and academics in order to promote outstanding teaching and learning.

Bios

Katherine is in an EAP Tutor at CELFS, University of Bristol and currently teaches on the International Foundation Programme and on in-sessional courses. She has a background in designing, delivering and managing training in the legal sector in addition to 9 years EFL/EAP teaching experience.

Hermione is an Associate Lecturer teaching on the MA Education: Creative Arts and Primary PGCE programmes at the University of Exeter. She is currently researching a PhD in Sociology of Music with Professor Lucy Green at the UCL Institute of Education.