English for Specific Academic Purposes: Proceedings of the 2009 BALEAP Conference

Sian Etherington


Proceedings of the 2009 BALEAP Conference.

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ISBN: 9781859646939

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English for Specific Academic Purposes: Proceedings of the 2009 BALEAP Conference

This volume consists of a selection of papers from the Biennial Conference of the British Association of Lecturers in English for Academic Purposes (BALEAP), held at the University of Reading in the UK in 2009. The papers reflect various aspects of the conference theme, ‘English for Specific Academic Purposes’. The three plenary papers each provide a differing research perspective on specificity, a notion described here by Ken Hyland as ‘the most central concept in language teaching and discourse analysis today’. Within the conference papers, some writers consider specificity of language use within particular subject disciplines and text types; others describe working with subject tutors to develop teaching materials; a further group focuses on aspects of specificity within EAP assessment. The papers together provide an insightful picture of current issues relating to the teaching, learning and assessment of English for Specific Academic Purposes.


Format: Paperback

Publication date: 1 Mar 2012

Number of pages: 154


Introduction by Sian Etherington

Section 1: Plenary papers

Discipline and divergence: evidence of specificity in EAP by Ken Hyland
Swimming with the sharks: helping students in infested waters by Hilary Nesi
Culture shock? Genre shock? by Christine B. Feak

Section 2: Specificity in language use

Modal verbs in business case reports by Philip Nathan
Specificity in clusters: profiling the discourse of the financial services industry in Hong Kong by David D. Qian and Yongyan Li
The role of reusable phrases in postgraduate writing: multidimensional perspectives by Mary Davis and John Morley

Section 3: Specificity and course design

Researching and implementing a pedagogical genre: the short answer by Benet Vincent and Mujde Sener Nordling
Authenticity and complexity of task: still a role for ESAP? by Sarah Horrod
Pre-Master’s course design: what can we learn from assessment? by Andy Gillett and Angela Hammond

Section 4: Specificity and assessment

Preparation for English-medium study = academic English test preparation? by Bruce Howell
Towards guided learning: assessing the impact of Language Advisory Services by Dorothy Adams-Metaxopoulou and Phil Morris
Managing assessed group projects in a UK foundation programme by Ann Smith and John Hall
Lead role or supporting act? The status of computer-based testing in EAP Assessment by John Slaght
Teacher! How can I improve my writing? by Jane Nolan and Elizabeth Poynter

Author details

Sian Etherington is the current Publications Officer for BALEAP. She is a lecturer in the School of Languages at the University of Salford, where until recently she had responsibility for in-sessional EAP and short EAP courses. Her research interests include academic writing, the teaching of grammar, and student transitions into higher education.


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